Meet the dedicated team at the Luc Van Dijk Veterinary Centre
Luc Van Dijck
DVM RCVS, Principle
Luc graduated from the State University of Ghent, Belgium in 1991. In 1996 Luc became the owner of the practice where he had been working at when his predecessor and friend Bill McNish retired.
Luc takes a special interest in small animal soft tissue and orthopaedic surgery. He also dedicates a lot of his time to studying and applying endoscopic (keyhole) diagnostic and surgical techniques.
At home Luc has two dogs; a Parson’s Jack Russell terrier called Elsie and a black and tan Lurcher named Digby. Elsie was born deaf and adopted by Luc at 5 weeks of age before being trained to respond to some basic ‘canine sign language.’ The two dogs also share their home with a ginger tomcat Pilgrim, sometimes known as ‘the ginger ninja.’
Outside of work Luc enjoys gardening, wood work and when he has the time, walking in the country with his dogs.
Amanda has been working with us since 2012. However, prior to her role with us she was familiar with our team as her mother, Pauline Garside has been one of our nurses for some time.
Amanda’s original role within the practice was accounts and Secretary on a part time basis, however Amanda soon became a valued member of staff adding to her duties and before long became the Practice Manager. Amanda enjoys working with all the staff and describes the surgery atmosphere as ‘a very warm, welcoming and friendly workplace.’
Amanda has 3 children and a Staffordshire bull terrier Tess who joined the family as a rescue dog after being miss treated by her previous owners. Outside of work Mandy enjoys weekends away at their caravan up The Lakes with family. Any other free time is usually spent supporting her children’s many activities including Morris Dancing Competitions and Gymnastics.
Head Veterinary Nurse
Hilary is our longest standing valued member of staff who joined us originally as a Saturday helper in 1977 from this she soon worked her way up the ladder to become Head Nurse. Hilary has completed various courses over the years and is known as our book of knowledge for the surgery. Hilary enjoys all aspects of her job particularly orthopaedics, physiotherapy and has a keen interest in alternative medicines especially homeopathic remedies, lintbells which is a source of natural supplement’s and essential oils.
At home Hilary has two working ferrets, three Springer Spaniels Reece, Bryn and Skye that require a lot of exercise and training.
In Hilary’s spare time when she is not working and on-call, Hilary and her Dad have a lovely busy garden to maintain with a beautiful ray of flowers and vegetables.
Veterinary Nurse & Receptionist
Samantha joined the practice in July 2016 as Veterinary receptionist, having previously been working with horses, working with International event riders taking her to many places around Europe and attending Myerscough College and Hartpury University, Samantha soon settled in well and pursued her passion in joining the Nursing team, Samantha is very keen to start her nurse clinics that she has recently completed course on at the new extended premises.
At home Samantha lives with her partner and son named Thomas. Samantha owns a grey competition pony named Libby, a 4yr old jack Russell named Lui who loves coming to the yard and chasing everything, also my old man Bailey who is a 12yr old Black Labrador who loves nothing more than swimming in any bit of water.
Samantha’s spare time is taken up spending time at the yard with her pony and competing most weekends and of course spending time with her son who now has his own helmet and will soon be following in his mums footsteps.
Pauline joined the surgery in 2001 as a receptionist, but it wasn’t long until we realised the potential in Pauline and she made the transition very easily to veterinary nurse.
Pauline has completed various courses with Lintbells on various aspects of improving animal health and wellbeing; she’s always happy to answer any questions our patients have.
At work Pauline particularly enjoys assisting laparoscopic (key hole) procedures. She also has a keen interest in animal behaviour and nutritional topics.
At home Pauline lives with her husband, they also have 2 Springer Spaniels Deb and Breeze.
Pauline’s favourite hobby is walking and training her dogs. They have a caravan in The Lakes where they enjoy weekends away with the dogs.
Joanne joined our team in 2000 as a veterinary nurse, Joanne enjoys all aspects of her job role and finds it very rewarding nursing the sick animals back to better health, Joanne enjoys the challenge of emergency cases seeing them as rewarding and interesting.
Joanne lives at home with her parents, unfortunately lost Dylan and Humbug the cats recently due to old age, maybe in the future she will look for new companions.
Outside of work Joanne’s hobbies include swimming, walking and socialising with friends and family.
Charlie is our male Veterinary Nurse, Charlie joined the surgery in Oct 2014 Charlie has a keen interest in all aspects of Laser treatment and physio therapy that he intends to study more and develop his skills for nurse clinics. Charlie has always had an interest in animals from a young age and this career has been a perfect opportunity for him to excel in something he feels so passionate about. Charlie finds it very rewarding helping sick injured animals back to full health.
Charlie currently lives at home with his parents, sister and Tilly the miniature Yorkshire terrier who loves to go out for walks.
Rebecca Joined the surgery Summer 2016 as our full time Receptionist after joining our team Rebecca very quickly settled in well.
Rebecca finds all parts of her duties exciting and interesting, engaging with clients and their animals she finds so much fun and rewarding.
Rebecca is looking forward to learning more and attending courses in the future to pursue her career in the animal care profession.
Rebecca has a little girl Isabella and two cocker spaniels Charlie & Chester.
Part Time Receptionist
Joley joined the veterinary centre in June 2016 as our part time receptionist, Joley had previously studied animal care before joining us, her love and passion for animals shone through and she soon settled in well. Joley is a bubbly characteristic young lady who brightens our surgery.
Joley lives at home with her partner and two children Esmai and Isaac they have a Staffordshire bull terrier Benson and two cats Lucy and Milo. Joley and her family in their spare time love to go on walks through the woods, looking for deer they enjoy holidays in the lakes, both Joley and her daughter love to sing on kareoke.
Part Time Receptionist
Shirley has been a valued member of our team for some years now she enjoys all aspects of her role on our reception. She takes a keen interest in observing operations and procedures that take place in our treatment rooms and theatre.
At home Shirley has two rescue Greyhounds called Bernard and Frank, a Lurcher called Potty Dottie and a cat named Mollie she also has Kevin the cat that decided to join Shirley and her family as a squatter recently.
Shirley is a keen animal lover and couldn’t think of anything else she’d rather do than work with animals on a regular basis.