The Team

Merel has worked at several practices in the Black Country and Birmingham, and after time spent in the field of emergency and critical care, the idea of home visits for pets in the last phase of their life was born.  She founded Dignipets in 2015 to offer an alternative approach for pets and owners at a very difficult time. She will be completing a certification programme in hospice and palliative care in 2019 and is looking forwards to sharing all her newfound knowledge and experience with pet owners and colleagues. Her home is shared with a very elderly rescue dog, a youngish collie and a bunch of shy farm cats. In her free time she likes being with the kids, climbing, biking and travelling.

Dr Merel Taal DVM MRCVS

Founder and Marketing Director

Maja graduated in 2005 from Szent Istvan University in Budapest, Hungary and shortly afterwards moved to England to work in small animal practice. After 6 years in general practice she established Vet Visits in 2011, to provide a unique and individual mobile service to pet owners in Stafford and surrounding areas. Having completed a certification programme in hospice and palliative care in 2017 she advises colleagues and referring practices on pain management for their most difficult geriatric cases. She is a dedicated pet owner (dogs, cats and horses) and has developed a reputation amongst stray animals for being the go-to person when lost.

Dr Maja Redfern  DrMedVet CHPV MRCVS

Clinical Director

Donna qualified from the Royal Veterinary College, University of London in 1998 and has spent the vast majority of her career in small animal practice. After time spent with a charity and as an emergency clinic locum, she decided to start a mobile service in Telford (Ness Vet Home Visits) in 2014 with an emphasis on excellent end-of-life care in the home. She is due to start the certification program in animal hospice and palliative care in the  spring and enjoys keeping up to date and sharing experiences in this emerging field of veterinary science. In her spare time she loves gardening and playing the piano and violin.

Dr Donna Ness  BVetMed MRCVS

Director and Practice Manager


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