Pack Leaders

Vanessa – Founder/MD



I hold a professional qualification from the Academy of Dog Training & Behaviour (ADTB) and have completed courses in both Dog on Dog Aggression with the Cambridge Institute of Dog Behaviour & Training (CIDBT) and First Aid for Dogs with Animal Aiders.

I am a lifelong dog addict and I am currently owned by a beautiful lab/GSD cross rescue dog called Tilly. It has been a passion and ambition of mine to work with dogs, so by realising an opportunity the concept of The Waggy Dog Crèche was born.

Phillipa – Creche Assistant

Phillippa Taylor


I have always wanted to work with animals for as long as I can remember, at the age of 5 I dreamed of becoming a vet or a veterinary nurse and would insist that we should cross the road to see any dog! My son is exactly the same! I was fortunate enough to become a volunteer at the newly created Waggy Dog Creche in March 2014 which I am now very proud to now be an employee of. I have the opportunity of working with a set of amazing colleagues and the best bunch of lovely doggies!

I am extremely lucky to be able to say I love my job. I have a young Whippet called Wilf (Wilfred when he is cheeky!) And also a Bengal Cross called Ra. In my spare time apart from spending time with my family I like to read, cook and go on as many adventures as possible.

Olivia – Groomer/Creche Assistant


I have always had dogs from a young age, but having pestered my family for a beagle for what seemed like years I was able to have an input on their development, we were fortunate to pick Savvy out of a pack of new born puppy beagles. From 8 weeks old I enjoyed training and encouraging her to do all the good things puppies love. We then as a family rescued Maddy (Savvy’s sister) who unfortunately had very little training as a puppy. I took this under my wing to improve her ability and encourage her to become more like Savvy.

I began volunteering at the crèche before becoming a groomer and crèche assistant. In 2015 I gained a City in Guilds certificate in dog grooming which goes alongside my diploma and certificate in canine grooming, styling and advanced techniques awarded from the grooming academy, this therefore makes me a professional dog stylist. My most recent achievement was a gold certificate diploma through the academy of dog training and behaviour. All of which I put into practice every day at the crèche.

I have a lot of experience and understanding with dogs and have worked in a kennels before the crèche as work experience. I couldn’t live without dogs and appreciate them so much for all the love, companionship and loyalty they give us!

Madeleine – Creche Supervisor

Madeleine Risingham


I have always known that I wanted to work with dogs and in 2014 I completed my degree at Bishop Burton College, BSc (Hons) Applied Animal Behaviour and Training and also a course in Canine First Aid (Rhodes 2 Safety). I have had past experience working with dogs, horses and cats and I feel incredibly lucky to have a job that I look forward to coming to everyday, meeting so many lovely dogs and their owners! I am currently owned by my family’s cheeky Welsh Springer Spaniel, Jessie who I enjoy taking for long walks and teaching tricks!

Emma – Deputy Manager/Administrator



I’ve always loved animals, and I’ve always wanted to work with them, but it wasn’t until I had finished sixth form that I decided to dedicate myself to studying them. I moved from Newcastle to York to study Animal Management at Askham Bryan College, and during that time I started doing placement at The Waggy Dog Creche in February 2014. After completing my work placement hours, I carried on volunteering while I was studying, and even completed my dissertation using the dogs there! I completed my BSc in Animal Management with Honours in 2015, and about 6 months after graduating I started working at the crèche and I haven’t been happier anywhere else.

I’m surrounded by a great team and the most amazing pooches and I am only looking forward to what the future holds for us!

Jack – Creche Assistant


I am currently studying Animal Management in my second year at college working toward my level 3 extended diploma. I have always loved animals from a young age, and so working with all the dogs at the crèche is a dream come true! I started out as a volunteer here at the crèche back in 2014 when I completed my year 10 work placement and loved it so much that I came to help out whenever I could. Since working with all the dogs at the crèche I managed to persuade my parents to let me have a dog for myself and now I have a revoked springer spaniel called Jess. I love working here at the crèche and couldn’t be happier working alongside my fellow waggettes!

Laura – Creche Assistant


From a young age, I have always wanted to work with animals especially dogs as they were a huge part of my life growing up. I have a Lhasa Apso called Milo who I love spending all my time with (He loves going on walks and playing with his toys!)

Throughout my previous employment I struggled to work where I wasn’t in a animal based environment as it wasn’t much fun and it’s not what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. I never thought I would have an opportunity to work with animals until now. I was looking for a apprenticeship that would help me gain experience and a qualification in animal care. I now work full time at the Creche surrounded by amazing dogs and my fellow waggettes as well as studying for my Keits level 2 Diploma in Work-Based Animal Care. I couldn’t be happier now knowing that I have found a job that I enjoy and look forward to going to everyday. In the future I would like to progress with the creche and hopefully gain future qualifications to become a dog groomer.