When I was a child my favourite toy was a doctor’s bag full of plastic medical equipment, including a stethoscope. My favourite game was to ‘play vets’ and save my family pets (who had to participate whether they liked it or not!). I became more and more passionate about animal care as I got older –also discovering that I loved nature, the sciences, problem solving, and connecting with people. Combining all these interests steered me down the path of becoming a veterinarian and it was the best choice I have ever made!Cats have always held a very special place in my heart- my first pet, a cat named Bundy (a female ginger) lived until she was 21. I did a placement when I was veterinary student at the clinic, and as soon as I met the team, clients, and the fabulous feline patients I knew it was meant to be – I left saying “That’s it, I am going to be a feline only vet one day!” The team of nurses, cattery attendants and vets strive to provide the best patient care in every aspect, which is something I value highly as a veterinarian.The thing that I love most about cats is that it is important to earn their trust. So, when I meet them in the clinic, I always do my best to be gentle, patient and calm so that they trust me during our time together in the consultation room or hospital. Of course, kitty cuddles and chin nudges are always a goal too!My partner Ricardo & I share our home with three cats.Prada (White Siamese X) is my special sassy princess who will love you immensely one minute and give you attitude the next (a little lioness), but we have a very close bond.Louis (Seal point cross-eyed Siamese) is a gentle old lady who enjoys lying in the sun, sitting on laps, and warms to everyone she meets.
Fletcher (Domestic short hair) is an affectionate big boy who habitually tricks people into feeding him extra dinner. He loves running up and down the hallway at all hours of the night.
It wouldn’t be a home without a cat greeting you at the door, following you around the house, or sleeping next to you at night. My cats mean everything to me – they are my source of entertainment with their little quirks, they are comforting, and they are definitely my fur babies.