I qualified in 2007 and have been working in veterinary practice since 1999. I started in a small exotic practice, later moving to a large multi-disciplinary referral centre as a theatre nurse, I moving to emergency critical care night work and came back to working in exotic practice in 2012.
In January 2016 Molly Varga Smith and I helped to set up and run an exotic department at Rutland House Veterinary Hospital and Referral Centre, in St Helens. Since 2016 I have work 100% with a non-traditional companion animal caseload, but occasionally help within the rest of the hospital working with cats and dogs.
In practice I am the exotics team leader as well as a clinical coach, currently with 2 students. I find being a coach keeps me current and up to date with what’s current in Veterinary Nursing and stops me stagnating in my role. I have received a diploma in, the advanced program in veterinary nursing of zoo and exotic species, and I am currently studying for a veterinary nursing, Emergency and Critical Care certificate.
I have lectured at many events on the nursing care of exotic patients including BVNA, BSAVA, BVZS, London Vet Show, BVA Live and ICARE. Outside of practice I am the Junior Vice President for the British Veterinary Nursing Association.
Working with BVNA has opened many doors for me and I currently sit on boards with BVA, RCVS, and ABTC. Outside of work, with the little time I have left, I enjoy running, live music and comedy, movies, video games, reading and have recently started guitar lessons.