Animals have always been a big part of my life. I was lucky to grow up on a small-holding in Suffolk. We had a variety of animals including geese, pigs and cows. However, we also had lots of goats which we use to show locally. It was a bit like the TV show ‘The Good Life’.
I started my career working with animals whilst I was still at school working at a boarding kennels on a Saturday. My second job was at a boarding kennel and rescue centre in Meadow Green, Suffolk. I found working in rescue centre very rewarding. I loved spending time with dogs from different backgrounds and gaining their trust. I still remember Sara, a Doberman, who did not take to many people. I gained her trust and taught her a few tricks – she left her paw print on my heart.
These two jobs helped me decide that I wanted to work with animals and so I enrolled at Bicton College in Devon and gained a National Diploma In Animal Care. In 1996 I started work at Smith, Ryder-Davies Veterinary Practice as an animal care assistant, and in 1997 I moved to St Runwalds Veterinary Surgery, Colchester, to start my Veterinary Nurse Training.
In 1999 I moved to Nottingham and completed my Veterinary Nurse Training at Lawrence Veterinary Centre, qualifying as a Registered Veterinary Nurse in 2001. During the last 18 years I have worked my way up to Deputy Head Nurse and have developed my interest in preventive health care. I enjoy being able to see clients and their pets regularly by running various nursing clinics. I particularly enjoy running puppy parties.
I have gained Pet Health Counsellor Certificate, Royal Canin and Hills VNA Nutrition Advisor Certificate, and am also an SQP in Companion Animals. Animal behaviour is a strong interest of mine and I have also gained a BVNA Certificate in Companion Animal Behaviour. Outside of work I enjoy spending time in the great outdoors, bush crafting, camping and walking with my husband and our two rescue border collies Tula and Bella.