Former vet puts her love of animals to use with pet caring franchise

Sophia Guymer with Seamus. Picture: Sophia Guymer

Sophia Guymer with Seamus. Picture: Sophia Guymer - Credit: Sophia Guymer

A Norfolk animal-lover is leaving her teaching job to concentrate on her dog-sitting business.

Sophia Guymer, who has previously worked as a veterinary surgeon at Chapelfield Veterinary Partnership in Norwich and for the Veterinary Hospital in Gorleston, took over the Norfolk franchise of PetStay around a year ago.

This summer she will leave her job teaching animal management at East Coast College to focus on the business.

The service puts dog owners in touch with carers who want to have a pet around the house, but cannot commit to owning their own, who provide an alternative to kennels.

'I absolutely love my new job, I get to walk dogs and talk to people about dogs all day every day,' said the 45-year-old.

She added she had built up a 20-strong carers network across the county.