A Preston veterinary nurse is currently starring in a 20-part TV series showcasing the lifesaving work of her and her colleagues at a national veterinary charity.
Becca Schofield from Bamber Bridge features in documentary series The People’s Vet, which sees cameras spend six months behind the scenes at two of vet charity PDSA’s busy Pet Hospitals in Kirkdale and Huyton on Merseyside.
Becca, 27, said: “We found out about this a couple of years ago in a staff meeting and everyone was on board straightaway.
“People always say never work with animals so to have film crews in the mix as well, we were sometimes a bit worried! But they were fab it was great.”
The series captures all the drama as PDSA’s vet teams deal with hundreds of cases every single day – ranging from routine check-ups to extraordinary life-and-death emergencies.
“We want to showcase the work PDSA do,” Becca explained.
“It’s the UK’s leading vet charity but not too many know what we do and who we are.
“It’s a big family really with everyone singing off of the same page. It has some of the most dedicated and compassionate people I have ever met.”
For the last year Becca has worked for PDSA as a Community and Education Veterinary Nurse, conducting educational activities and outreach work for disadvantaged communities.
• The People’s Vet appears every Saturday afternoon at around 4.30pm.
What is the PDSA?
Currently in its centenary year, PDSA runs 48 pet hospitals in cities and towns throughout the UK, including one in Blackpool and two in Merseyside.
The charity provides low-cost and free veterinary treatment for pets of eligible clients, most of whom are on means-tested benefits.
The charity also promotes preventive pet health and educates owners on pet care matters.
PDSA states that it costs a total of £60 million a year to run the charity’s services, all funded through generous public support as the charity receives no Government funding.