What is your position within the surgery?
Registered veterinary nurse at the Dorchester Surgery
What are your personal origins – how did you come to reside in your current location?
After moving to Weymouth with my parents at the age of 6 years, I have called Dorset home. Later in life I moved away and spent time in Oxfordshire and North Wales, but returned to Dorset to raise my own children here.
Why did you become a veterinary nurse?
I always knew I would work with animals, even though as a child I was unable to have cats or dogs, but we did have a couple of family canaries and I had a hamster when I was 11. I started as a veterinary nursing assistant at the age of 17 and never looked back.
How did you become a veterinary nurse?
After leaving school, I went to college for a year to gain more ‘O’ levels, until I could find a job in a veterinary surgery. I was offered one at 17 years old and stayed in that practice for 3 and a half years, until I found another practice that was able to provide my formal training. I have since worked in several veterinary practices around the country, while also spending 11 years teaching animal care to young and more mature adults in 2 different agricultural colleges.
What do you actually do as a veterinary nurse?
In addition to the normal veterinary nursing duties (consultations, anaesthetics, reception, assisting the vet, recovering Patients, lab work, cleaning e.t.c), I have been lucky enough to visit local schools and pre-schools to teach children basic animal care up until I moved to the Dorchester surgery to become the sole veterinary nurse. I am passionate about all aspects of my work, and although I love all the species of animals we see, I seem to have a special affinity with our feline patients and am one of our practice’s Feline Advocates.
Tell us about your pets. What are their names, ages, histories and personalities?
I share my home with 4 cats and a dog (as well as my children).
Oscar – my 16 year old moggie who started life as a feral farm kitten, now the most affectionate cat ever
Nala – a 7 year old moggie rescued as a kitten brought to us with a badly fractured leg that unfortunately had to be amputated
Flo – a 5 year old moggie also rescued as a kitten brought to us again with a fractured hip and hernia. Now healthy and happy
Joey – a 1 year old moggie who I helped deliver when a friend’s cat was having difficulty giving birth
Tilly – a 12 year old Jack Russell, re-homed last year due to previous owner’s personal circumstances changing
Prim and Finn – 2 bunnies re-homed after previous owner’s unable to keep them
What are your personal interests and achievements?
As well as walking the dog, I enjoy reading, cake decorating, singing and drama, a large glass of wine at the weekend and have just discovered the joys of gin!
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