Head Veterinary Nurse
I grew up in Dorset on my family’s smallholding and always knew I wanted to work with animals. I followed this love into university and completed a BSc Degree in Zoology at Southampton University. Wanting to be more hands on with animals, I trained as a Veterinary Nurse and qualified in 1998. Since then I have been lucky enough to work in a variety of practices and gain experience with farm animals, horses and small animals. I particularly loved working with Alpacas.
Animal behaviour has always fascinated me and I went back to Southampton University and gained my Diploma in Companion Animal Behaviour Counselling in 2003. I also have a love of emergency work and critical care and have more recently worked as a locum for VetsNow emergency service in Salisbury and Winchester.
In order to support and home my growing animal family I married an Amesbury farmer in 2005. Luckily he too shares my passion and love of animals (most of the time!). We are fortunate to farm 600 Romney sheep and grow arable crops around Amesbury and the Stonehenge World Heritage Site. As well as the sheep and arable we also have my beloved Fell pony, some Dexter cows, chickens, geese, guinea-pigs, cats and a ferret!
We have two very well behaved working dogs (a border collie called Ted and a cocker spaniel called Denby) and two untrained, cheeky, naughty boys (John aged 7 and Edgar aged 3). It’s also not unknown to have an orphan piglet in the house! In any spare time I have I like to help out at my elder son’s school on the P.T.A, play hockey for Salisbury Hockey Club, walk, cycle and ski!
An aspect of my job that means a lot to me is being part of my local community. I enjoy getting to know the clients and their pets, caring for the clients as well and offering reassurance and support in times of illness. Seeing their animals grow from baby bundles into mature, healthy, happy well-behaved pets and ensuring that a visit to the vet is an enjoyable experience for both client and pet are vital parts of the job for me.