Veterinary Care Assistant
My obsession with animals started aged 6 when I was given a pet of my own, a Dutch rabbit called nutmeg whom I had for almost 14 years. As a teenager I decided to turn my love of animals into a career and graduated HND animal management in 2006. I’ve always had a soft spot for the weird and wonderful and have over the years have kept everything from Gerbils to Jerboas, chickens to chameleon, hamsters to hedgehogs.
I’ve successfully bred some very unusual species such as Guenthers voles, mouse-like hamsters and various rear fanged venomous reptiles such as mangrove snakes and barons racers. I take great pleasure in providing live planted, naturalistic and “Bioactive” enclosures for my animals.
Until recently, I worked as a zookeeper/animal technician teaching 16 to 25+ year olds and keeping and breeding rare and critically endangered species as part of ex-situ conservation efforts. My true passion however is dogs. I am constantly studying modern dog training methods and doing short courses to increase my skill set.
I live locally with Logan the Lurcher, Maude the Dobermann, Kai, Ember and Riley the domestic silver foxes and Hazelnut the domestic skunk. The thing I love most about this job is that absolutely every day is different. I love to get as hands on as possible and love watching surgeries and working with the team!