Since I was a small child I have loved animals and luckily for me my parents were very supportive of my passion and let me have a menagerie of pets including rabbits, guinea pigs, budgies, hamsters, cats and dogs, you name it I wanted to love it!
I always knew I wanted to work with animals so started my career young working in a kennels and dog training centre before I obtained my National Diploma in Animal Care. I also volunteered at a monkey sanctuary in Cornwall! I was then very lucky to secure a placement in a veterinary practice as a student nurse and went on to qualify in 2001.
Since becoming a Registered Veterinary Nurse I have worked in a range of types of veterinary practices including referral and emergency clinics and my roles have included Head Nurse and Branch Manager. I am a Student Nurse Assessor and look forward to developing the skills of Hilltop’s student nurses. I really do love my job and feel very lucky to be part of such a fantastic profession. My main area of interest is in animal behaviour and training and I studied a certificate in Applied Animal Behaviour at Southampton University.
I have two children and took some years out of veterinary practice to be at home with them while they were young, however my heart never left the profession and I was keen to get back into my nursing role, and pursue my dream of owning a veterinary practice. We started developing the Hilltop Veterinary Centre in 2016 and I’m really proud of what we have achieved. Being a vet and nurse led team has really enhanced the design of the practice and I’m so honoured to be part of it and help look after the pets and owners of Oxford.
At home I enjoy spending time with my husband and two children and exercising my two black Labs, Lotta and Frankie. I enjoy being in the countryside, long dog walks, cooking, reading and being on a gorgeous beach in the sun… I also have two cats, Poppy and George, both of whom came in as strays and ended coming home with me; I guess that’s an aspect of my job I definitely do love!