I have always had animals in my life. My first memory of a pet was our ginger and white male cat ‘Raffles’. He was a beautiful and proud cat and taught me to be kind and gentle and to respect animals. Then ‘Gypsy’, another ginger boy followed, and the love affair continued. He was my boy, even though he was the family cat, as I always felt our bond was especially special and pure. He lived on my lap when he could. He was always found curled up in my room on my bed. I was born with a sympathetic heart for animals, although I have and will always love cats above all else, I am an animal lover through and through. So, with this history in mind, it was to no one’s surprise who knew me well, that I would eventually end up following this love into Veterinary Nursing. In saying this though, I didn’t follow this love straight out of high school. It took me a few years of experimenting with other interests and professions to realize that I hadn’t found my true calling, the ‘thing’ that made me who I am. Nothing was sticking or holding my interest long term, I felt unsettled and knew in the back of my mind that something else was out there for me. So, after many years of what I would call ‘floating and searching’, I finally decided as a mature aged student that I needed to come back home to my love of animals and build a career and life for myself from there and I have never looked back.After graduating from my Cert 4 in Veterinary nursing I worked in a small animal general veterinary practice. It provided a foundation of knowledge and training for me and set me up as a strong and competent veterinary nurse. I reached a point in my career where I was comfortable and truly enjoyed working in the industry, but I was also starting to feel I could do more and wanted to reach another level in my professional life. I was always gravitating towards the cats and knew deep down I needed to find a place that was special. When I started searching for that ‘special’ place I found The Cat Clinic. That was it. It was my ultimate next level step. It provided me with everything I was searching for and challenged me in ways that helped make me an even stronger and better vet nurse.I have learnt to approach each new cat with respect, empathy, care and love. A veterinary clinic can be a very scary place for an animal that can’t always understand you are trying to help them, so my goal is to use these tools to try to make their experience less traumatic, friendly, and calming and ultimately gain their trust (which must be earned with cats of course) so when they come back again for the next health check-up or surgery they are more accepting of our help and expertise.Fur Children-
- Sooty: medium hair male black & white – 12 years
- Ruby: Short hair female – black & white (Sooty’s sister) – 12 years
- Harry: Short hair male Ginger – 9 years
Human Children –
- Eve my 5-year-old independent, stubborn, determined, clever and sweet little lady
- Jack my nearly 1 year old is the cheekiest little monkey alive but is very funny!
Matthew Husband: also, very stubborn, but makes up for it by tolerating me daily.
Harry is my youngest fur boy. He is very mischievous as a typical ginger boy is expected to be! He is always looking to play or run or chase anything and everything that crosses his path, including his sister, which she never appreciates. He is very loving and loves his food! Ruby is the only girl I have ever had the privilege of owing as I had only had boys growing up. She is a most intelligent and proud cat, who appreciates daily conversation and head rubs. Her eyes look right into your soul and I swear she can understand most of what I say to her. Last, but not least is my Sooty. The cat with the biggest heart. He is always on the search for a lap and will love and trust just about anyone if a lap and food is offered! Most of the time Matt and I don’t even notice if he has jumped onto our laps. He is and will always be a people cat, and we absolutely love them all to bits.
I love spending time with close friends and family, going to the beach in summer, a good Hollywood 80’s movie, actually any 80’s movie, sunbaking with the cats (when I get time), listening to people’s life stories and all the Harry Potter books and movies and merchandise and anything Harry Potter related! (Sorry not sorry).