It was during one of these locuming positions that I found
myself working at The Veterinary Centre. After working here
for a full month and then filling in for various holidays,
Emma, the previous head nurse went travelling in New Zealand
and Fiona asked me if I would like a permanat job. I jumped
at the chance and have been here ever since. My role is head
nurse and I have all of the usual nursing duties including
patient care, lab work and anaesthetics, but I also run the
wards, manage the team of nurses and train the new student
nurses. I also have an active role in the night duty rota.
My favourite aspects of the job are radiography, intensive
care nursing and complicated anaesthesia cases. I really enjoy
being able to nurse animals through complex surgical and medical
conditions and see them through well and happy at the other
end. I also have an interest in the well being of older patients
and together with Debbie and Alix, I run a clinic for older
pets called Fit For Life.
In January 2008 I went on a weekend CPD (continual professional
development) course on physiotherapy. This course fired my
interest in this developing area of veterinary medicine and
so I took an additional qualification in rehabilitation and
physiotherapy and qualified as a Veterinary Nurse Rehabilitation
Therapist in August 2012.
In my spare time I enjoy travelling, wildlife, and hiking
in exotic places such as Alaska, Australia, Iceland and Canada.
I've travelled to Norway to see Orca whales and the Aurora
Borealis (two of the items on my things to see before
you die list). I am totally hooked on watching the Aurora
and for the last two years I have been to Nellim in Finland
and I am going back to there next year (2014) as well. I have
an interest in Astronomy owning my own telescope and
being on the committee of my local astronomical society. I
am learning German (well trying to) and am about to start
a course in sign language. Finally, I love walking my mad,
fruit loop, flat coat Tavy!
I hope to be working here for many years to come!!