I have always wanted to work with animals since I was little, so jumped at the chance to do some work experience at my local vet when I was 15 years old. I carried this passion throughout my school years and went on to get a degree in BSc (Hons) Animal Management and Welfare at Lincoln University. While I was at University I got to work with a number of different species of animal from dogs, cats, rabbits to snakes, bearded dragons and tarantulas. We even had a few marmosets that were quite fond on grabbing any loose clothing as you walked past or throwing nasty things at you!
When I graduated from university I started volunteering at Weirfield Wildlife Sanctuary while I was looking for my dream job. The sanctuary took in native wildlife with the aim of releasing them back into the wild once they were well enough, so we had to keep interactions to a minimum, this included talking to them which I personally found quite difficult (how can you not say hello when you see a cute little fox cub!)
I have always loved animals but haven't owned nearly as many as I'd like, I've had a dog (Diephenbaker), cat (Whisper), a couple of rats (Mr Biggles and Stuart Spike Lee), a fire-bellied newt (Hot Foot) and Roborovski hamsters (Penn and Teller, Pipper and Pepper). I currently live with (I say it like this because he think he owns the place) Chester Copper-pot the Newfoundland who I swear thinks he's the size of a chihuahua and Heisenberg my lovely little black and white kitty!
My goal is to train to become a Veterinary Nurse Assistant and eventually a Vet Nurse which may now be possible thanks to Vets4Pets.