Meet the Team
Geoff & Karen Owners
Geoff & Karen have owned Farcroft since July 2012. We currently own 5 dogs of our own, 1 wirehaired Vizsla's, 1 smooth Vizsla, a RottweilerXmastiff, A RottweilerXGerman Shephard & a Boerboel, in the past we owned 3 cats and we also have 3 children.
We took over Farcroft with one thing in mind, how we would like our own pets cared for. We will do our very best to adapt to suit our guests needs and continue to improve the facilities to make it more of a home from home and stress free experiance. We are very proud of what we have managed to change over the past 7 years (those who have been using Farcroft prior to 2012 can see the amount of work we have done) with work & more plans still on going.
The main difference from other kennels is there are many qualified full time and part time staff here to help clean, walk and play with the pets in our care. Most of the staff have started here as an apprentice then have been offered a full time job once qualified. All dogs are walked twice per day around our 4 1/2 acres of fields which includes a small woodlands, there is also an all weather menage for off lead play and 2 gardens. We also offer an off site 1 hour extra walk at an additional cost with a member of staff so that the dogs know the person who is walking them. The cats are also given a chance to come out of their pens twice a day and both catteries have pet rescue plug in's to help keep them calm with all pens equipped with cat scratchers and toys for enrichment.
Over the past 7 years we have built up a good relationship with the local vets in the area with some even using us to care for their own pets.
Farcroft has 28 kennels and 25 cat pens (8 brand new pens which were built to a very high standard in March 2017) Farcroft is licensed by Maldon Council who carry out annual inspections. We are also members of ALIKC where we attend annual kennel & cattery conferences.
Geoff is left a career in recruitment in London to purchase Farcroft, he holds his Level 3 in Canine Hydrotherapy, a Pet First Aid certificate and has completed a course in Canine Emotion and Cognition. He has just started a Learning, Motivation and Reinforement, understanding and working with canine behaviour which is a level 3 ofqual accredited qualification. He spends most of his time in the background at Farcroft making sure things run smoothly
Karen left her career in nursing to run Farcroft.She has 3 children and 5 dogs so is kept very busy. She works full time with the cats and dogs along side Megan & Sarah and does most of the bookings. Karen is also a qualified pet first aider. Karen holds a Level 3 Ofqual Accredited Dipolma in Professional Dog Day Care & Boarding and is currently working towards her Level 3 Ofqual Accredited Diploma in Feline, Behaviour, Care & Welfare.
Megan did a weeks work experience with us and was a natural with the animals. She Joined our team in July 2014 working Sunday's and holiday's. In Feb 2015 she become our second ever apprentice studying both her Level 2 & 3 Diploma in Animal Care. In April 2016 she passed her Level 2 and in November 2017 she passed her Level 3. She is looking to start her level 4 degree in 2018.She has also attended a pet first aid course in Nov 2015. Megan has recently been promoted to manager due to Sarah stepping down from the role due to ill health, meaning she is in charge of the other staff and overall pets care while they stay and will be seen in reception booking pets in and out.
Sarah (Part Time Manager)
Sarah was the manager at Farcroft but due to ill health she has recently had to step down from this role. Sarah is a real asset to Farcroft bringing with her over 11 years of experience here, so we are very pleased we have worked out a way for her to stay as part of our team. There is not much she can't deal with (except spiders!) whether its a nervous dog that needs help to settle or an elderly cat that needs things making a little easier to get around the pen - Sarah has dealt with them all. Sarah is also a pet first aider.
She is best summed up by one of our regular customers ( a retired dog warden herself) as, "an absolute treasure who really cares about the animals."
Bethany was Farcroft's third apprentice starting here Jan 2016. In March 2017 she completed and passed her level 2 Diploma in Animal Care. She was offered a part time position in the kennels where she works 3 days and the other 2 days she has moved over to Hydrotherapy and has just passed her Level 3 in Canine Hydrotherapy
Charlotte joined the team in Jan 2015 working the weekends and school holidays mainly with our cat guests in the catteries. However she has now taken a full time position here taking over from Bradley. Charlotte owns 2 dogs and has a 2.1 Hons Degree in Animal Management at Writtle College and has also gained her Masters in Animal care at Cambridge University.
Darcy is Farcroft's 5th apprentice starting July 2018. She is now studying her Level 2 Diploma in Animal Care. In her short time here she has already become a hit with our feline friends and is mainly working in the catteries. She spent some of her youth aboard with family rescuing cats so they are close to her heart. Farcroft are pleased to have her on the team.
Lauren joined the team in December 2018. She already has a level 2 diploma in Animal Care from her apprenticeship at another kennels. Lauren has now started her level 3 diploma in Animal Care while working here. She works full time hours with the dogs and cats and has slotted nicely into the team.
Trudy is Geoff & Karen's daughter, she will be working weekends and school holidays and taking over from Charlotte who is moving full time. Trudy career plans after spending sometime doing work experiance at 2 local vets, is to become a vet nurse. She will begin her apprenticeship here at Farcroft in July 2019.
Sam has just started his apprenticeship here at Farcroft (Oct 2019) and is now studying his level 2 Diploma in Animal Care. Farcroft are pleased to have him join our team.
Tracey is the owner of Just Paw-fect dog grooming which is based at Farcroft. More details about Tracey and how to book can be found here: http://www.farcroftkennels.com/just-pawfect-grooming-at-farcroft/