I decided I wanted to be a veterinarian when I was 6 years old and never changed my mind. Becoming a veterinarian always starts from a deep love of animals and desire to improve their health and well-being, but it takes more than a love of animals to be a good vet. For me, I love developing professional relationships with my clients and enjoy taking the time to educate clients about their pet’s health. I am also very scientifically minded and enjoy the medical “detective” work required to establish a diagnosis and formulate the best course of management for the individual cat and their owners. It’s a privilege to be entrusted with the care of my client’s loved ones.
I always loved cats and after spending my first 2 years following graduation in a busy general small animal practice in Canberra, I was drawn to the medical peculiarities that my feline patients would present me with and was keen to expand my knowledge of this species. Having known Richard and Amy for many years and spent time working with their team as a student, I took the plunge in 2010 to relocate to Melbourne and join this amazing team and subsequently became a partner in the practice. Working with cats in a feline only facility is infinitely more rewarding. The cats themselves are usually much more relaxed in this environment and the staff and clients we attract are all as mutually obsessed with cats as I am. It’s a win-win situation.My primary goals with every patient are to optimise their health and longevity whilst minimising the stress of the whole experience to them and their owners.My husband Toby and our 2 cats Fox (ginger ninja) and Edie (tortoiseshell & white). I have acquired both cats through work. Our big ginger boy Fox was dumped as a kitten on the doorstep of my first practice in Canberra and was hand-reared by the nurses. He was originally going to be a “clinic cat” but was way to cheeky and food motivated, so came home with us instead. Edie suffers a rare urinary tract condition and needs a lot of management for this. It makes her prone to urinary incontinence, which is a challenge, but a few good quality waterproof blankets and a mum that is a cat vet makes it all manageable. After a long day at work, I love nothing more than coming home to these two.
When I’m not at work, my other passion / obsession is running. In particular, running trail ultra-marathons.