Datesand News

Datesand goes all athletic in Wales

Abersoch Sprint triathlon 2017



Abersoch is a place dear to the hearts of Datesand’s Jonathon, his wife Claire, and indeed the whole Wood family. The beautiful little fishing village in Gwynned on the gorgeous Llyn peninsular is where Jonathon and his brother Nick holidayed with their parents as children and where he and his wife Claire met over 25 years ago. Jonathon and his young family continue to visit the spot at least once or twice a year.

This year Jonathon has already completed the10k there in May. Claire, Jonathon and a group of twenty or so friends have, just this weekend, completed the rather challenging Sprint Triathlon also in Abersoch and, as the final part of the Abersoch Triple Crown, Jonathon will take part in the half marathon in the resort in September.

The sprint triathlon, by the way, consists of a 750m swim, 22km bike ride followed by a 5km run, all in swift succession (phew! that’s quite enough for one year – editor’s comment).
Jonathon described it as ‘a fantastic event – very challenging but worth all the hard work training and preparing! There were more than 350 competitors and we both did pretty respectable times – Claire finished in 1h 49 mins and I managed 1 hour and 34. We’ve all raised lots of money for various charities and then got the chance to relax in a beautiful spot, enjoying the sun and the sea and a few very welcome glasses of beer/prosecco to celebrate ….. I couldn’t recommend it more highly. There’s also a mini event next year and, not to be outdone, both our kids have signed up for that!’


New book on living with dementia planned

wendywebWendy Mitchell is a Join Dementia Research Champion and the author of the widely-read blog Which Me Am I Today? which documents her life living with dementia since being diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s in 2014.

Now the 61-year-old is co-writing a book, Somebody I Used To Know, which will be released by publishers Bloomsbury in January 2018. Wendy has co-written the memoir with acclaimed ghost-writer Anna Wharton, co-author of three other books including Cut, by FGM campaigner Hibo Wardere.

“I used to be a very private person before I had dementia,” explained Wendy. “But when I was diagnosed I was so shocked and appalled at the lack of understanding and awareness that surrounds dementia that I’m now willing to shout from the rooftops at every opportunity that comes my way.”

Wendy Mitchell – Join Dementia Research champion


All work & no play…!

Well, you have to sometimes, don’t you? We all downed tools briefly this week to celebrate Juliana’s rather important birthday! As a barby had been requested, a barby was duly prepared and, in Manchester’s baking heat (yes, baking heat!), lots of fun was had by all. A very happy birthday to Juliana from the whole Datesand team!









Exhibitions & Events

See us at AALAS October 15 -19 2017










Quiz Answer:

Who’s this little chap?








The Answer:
Red Crested Tree Rat, native to Colombia



ryanRyan Hill

National Accounts Executive

My first animal technician/ancillary role was at 15.  I covered maternity leave at Nottingham University through the summer holidays. I then returned for Easter holidays and a second summer at 16.

At 17, I began my first official animal tech position with Envigo at their Hillcrest site. I was at Envigo for six enjoyable months before moving on to Agenda.

I joined Agenda to travel and gain more experience in a variety of facilities. I was based in London working at UCL Institute of Child Health and UCL Central. I lived and worked in London for 8 months where I gained more experience and even better knowledge of my role as an animal technician. I thoroughly enjoyed working in London; however, I needed a job closer to home.

I then took on the role of animal technician at Sheffield University for just over two years. Here I gained my Level 2 IAT Qualification along with a great deal of hands on experience. I was half way through my IAT Level 3 Qualification when got the opportunity of joining Datesand.

I have now been with Datesand for 7 months as the teams National Accounts Executive where I have met some amazing people and had the chance to catch up with old friends and new within the industry. My career continues to develop in to one that I am very proud of and I look forward to delivering and enjoying more in the future.

I feel very lucky that in the last 7 month I have travelled across the UK and parts of Europe.

I love the challenge and I will continue to push myself as time progresses. I have always aspired to do a sales role within the industry. I believe I have found the one best suited to me.

My main job role as a national accounts executive is to…

  • Meet with people across the UK & Ireland to learn about their facilities and specific needs.
  • Ensure our customers are happy and getting the best possible service at all times
  • Administrative work such as reports, quotations and follow ups


Hobbies and interests –

I play Rugby union through the winter and I have recently joined a rugby league team to carry on playing through the summer. I also enjoy keeping fit and going to the gym.

Snowboarding is a big passion of mine and I get away every year and have done so for the past 3 years. At least once a year I attend one of the major UK music festivals but to be honest I spend most of my time working and eating!








The Steve Moore Poster Competition

The annual Steve Moore Poster Competition was held at the Manchester University Innovation Centre. The event was run by IAT Northwest Branch and sponsored by:

Agenda – Resource Management
Surrey Diagnostics
Aston Pharma
Allen Town
NKP Cages

The Winning Posters:

1. Targeting training pigs within an isolation unit (a pilot study), Louise Carder, Pribright Institute

2. A novel 3D scanning technology to measure subcutaneous tumour volume. Are Callipers obsolete?, Zena Wilson, Astrazeneca

3. Refining the palpation technique to improve moitoring in the transgenic mouse, Gemma Forrest, CRUK Manchester Institute

Louise is the winner of the trip to AALAS while Zena and Gemma win £100 and £50 Amazon vouchers for coming 2nd and 3rd













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Our new Exhibition Stand set for IAT Congress 2017

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