We have a great team at Riverside to ensure your pets have a brilliant stay. Please meet the team:
We moved to Riverside on the 18th September 2017, having taken on the business from the previous owners who had run Riverside for the past 30 years.
We both love dogs and cats and enjoy that the kennels and cattery is now our daily work.
Maria is a Registered Veterinary Nurse with a certificate in Emergency Medicine and has been working as a Veterinary Nurse since 1992. Maria still works some days locally as a locum Veterinary Nurse to keep her knowledge and skills up to date.
Prior to working as a Veterinary Nurse Maria worked in a boarding, breeding and rescue centre in South Devon. She became the Manager there and it was having this contact with animals that lead her into Veterinary Nursing. For the later part of her career Maria was Head Veterinary Nurse for the PDSA, Plymouth for 13 years. In her spare time Maria enjoys making lampwork beads and jewellery.
Aidan has previously come from a hospitality and financial background although he now prefers to be outdoors working and playing with the animals. He enjoys meeting and greeting our new arrivals as well as the running of the kennels with Maria. In his spare time Aidan enjoys volunteering as a Fireman at the South Devon Railway as well as model engineering miniature steam engines.
Together we hope we have the right combination to make Riverside a warm and welcoming place for your pets to stay.
I have worked in boarding kennels since 1991 and at Riverside since 1992. In September 1995 I studied towards my NVQ in small animal care which I achieved in September 1996.
I enjoy all aspects of my job, whether its working with the dogs, the cats, animal husbandry or other tasks such as gardening or just being outdoors; the list is long!
If I was put on the spot and asked what is my favourite part of the job role it would be meeting new customers and their dogs, assessing their behaviours and how I could make them feel settled and enjoy their holidays at Riverside as well as having that connection with them on their return visits.
I also enjoy working with cats although they have different requirements to our dogs. One of the key requirements is making them feel safe and secure.
For my role as Manager I ensure the Cattery and Kennels are running smoothly, all accommodation is ready for our new arrivals and at meal times they have the correct diet for the right pet, especially if they are on medication. I also train our staff to ensure our standards are kept high.
Since Aidan and Maria took on Riverside I am learning new skills which will enhance my role further.
In my spare time I do enjoy going on holiday in our caravan, I love the freedom it gives as well as relaxing and enjoying the surroundings where ever we are. I also enjoy spending time with my family and socialising with friends. When I want to relax I will turn to a good book or my cross stitch.
I have lived with dogs and cats all my life but my love for dogs really began in 1980 when I owned a German Shepherd. Since then I have owned Labradors, Golden Retrievers and Springer Spaniels. I currently have Collies and German Spitz.
I love working at Riverside. I enjoy meeting all different breeds of dogs as well as being able to walk and play with them.
In my spare time I enjoy meeting up with friends, spending time with my family, walking my own dogs and teaching dog agility.
I am a qualified Kennel Club agility judge and spend many weekends during the summer competing with my dogs as well as judging.
We are also supported by a merry band of dog walkers who ensure your dogs get a fun filled walk and play every day.