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(Updated 30/03/01)

New role for Lucy

LUCY DOUGHTY, who has won a top award from the Kennel Club's Junior Organisation more times than anyone else, has been appointed public relations and development officer at Dogs for the Disabled.

Lucy was just 11 years old when she began to make a name for herself in the world of competitive dog training. Since then she has won more than 200 rosettes for obedience work with her Border Collie, Mild, and in 1992 she won the Rebecca Pointer Memorial Trophy for the third successive year - the first person to win it three times. She is now captain of the Kennel Club Junior Organisation's South and South West team.

Now aged 26, Lucy trained as a veterinary nurse whilst working at the MacQueen Veterinary Centre in Devizes. She qualified in 1995 and later went on to study animal science at Reading University, before returning to the practice. She holds the British Veterinary Nurse Association's certificate in companion animal behaviour and is an experienced animal behavioural therapist, working with problem pet dogs. While working at Devizes she also lectured on animal science at Swindon College for a year.

Lucy, who grew up in Melksham, Wiltshire, now lives in Farthinghoe, Northamptonshire. She said: "It will be very challenging and rewarding to work with everyone at Dogs for the Disabled, especially after seeing how totally dedicated and committed they all are. I'm looking forward to being part of that ethos and promoting it on the charity's behalf".

In her free time Lucy enjoys training her rescue Border Collie, Fiddle, in agility work. She also enjoys photography, painting, swimming, gardening, needlework and playing the guitar and piano.