Tracey Turnbull



Tracey Turnbull is a dedicated individual with a profound passion for Dog Rescue, particularly for dogs with unique needs, whom she affectionately referred to as the special paws.

With over 40 years of experience, Tracey has been an integral part of the NHS, having pursued her lifelong dream of becoming a nurse following a challenging recovery from a serious Road Traffic Accident at the age of 13. Dual-trained as a General Nurse and Psychiatric Nurse, Tracey has dedicated her entire career to clinical roles directly involving patients, expressing a preference for hands-on care over management responsibilities.

Currently serving as the Lead Specialist Clinical Nurse for Psychiatry, Tracey covers two hospitals and half a county within a large University Trust. Her expertise extends to biomedical ethics, where she holds a Masters level qualification and has actively participated in the ethical committee of her previous Trust.

Beyond her healthcare career, Tracey has immersed herself in Dog Rescue for over a decade. As a Trustee of a significant breed rescue affiliated with ADCH, she stands out as one of the few ADCH Charities involved in the importation of dogs from overseas. Additionally, Tracey volunteers for a fundraising group dedicated to supporting special needs dogs in both the U.K. and overseas.

Tracey’s interests are further deepened by her focus on Brucella Canis and its potential impact on the human population. This interest was sparked when one of the rescue dogs from her charity tested positive for B.Canis at a time when information about the risk to humans was less clear.

In her personal life, Tracey is happily married to a supportive husband in the military, who serves as her rock. She is a proud mother of three children, a grandmother of five, and shares her home with five dogs, two of whom are affectionately regarded as disabled but are, in Tracey’s eyes, her best friends

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You may have heard us mention these types of animals on Veterinary Ramblings before: they include hedgehogs, sugar gliders, and many other small furry friends – often called ‘exotic’.

But why do we call them exotic? Is this term really accurate? And what does it mean for owners of these animals?

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