The People at Vale

The reputation and success of Vale Wildlife Hospital and Rehabilitation Centre is only made possible

because of the hard work and dedication of the staff and volunteers who work within the organisation.

As we are open 24/7, 365 days a year we have to employ a large team to enable us to offer the best

care possible round the clock to every animal that is admitted, as well as keep up with the

ever-growing administration necessary to keep the charity ticking over:


  • The charity Founder and Managers/Supervisors overseeing the smooth running of the hospital

    as well as making sure the funding keeps coming in to enable us to continue our work;

  • We couldn’t do without our team of full-time and part-time Wildlife Care Assistants, responsible

    for the 24/7 hands-on care of our casualties;

  • Our Vet team, carrying out operations, x-rays and ongoing daily treatments to the animals in care;

  • The Admin staff, booking casualties in, updating our database, letter writing, answering emails,

    keeping the accounts and banking up-to-date;

  • And of course, the vital volunteers, without whom we would not be able to cope with the growing workload.

Although we rely on the help of volunteers every day, we need enough fully trained, experienced staff to be

able to give the professional care necessary to rehabilitate over 7,500 casualties every year, 24 hours a

day, 365 days a year.

The trustees of the charity are (alphabetically):

Billy Chapman-Smith, Gary Lockwood, Sally Lockwood, Tony Nevin (Zoo Ost Ltd) and Eileen Walthall.

Our patrons are:

Emma Goodman-Milne – TV Vet

Simon King – Wildlife Film Maker

Nigel Marven – Wildlife TV Presenter

Tony Nevin, Zoo Ost Ltd – Wildlife Osteopath

Richard Symonds – Wildlife Artist

Hugh Warwick – Writer, ecologist and self-confessed hedgehog fanatic


If you are interested in becoming a member of our team, take a look at the ‘Getting Involved’ page for more