I am a Registered Veterinary Nurse (RVN) with over 10 years’ experience of working in the veterinary industry.
As a neurodivergent trainer and behaviourist, I understand that everyone has their personal strengths and struggles when it comes to different learning styles and teaching methods, and that we all differ in the personal challenges we have had through life. I endeavour to provide an inclusive and welcoming space for people across spectrums of race, gender, sexuality and neurodiversity so that personal learning can flourish.
My career began as I undertook my HND in animal care in Aberdeen, and my passion for veterinary nursing was born while volunteering at the Aberdeen People’s Dispensary for Sick Animals (PDSA). I enrolled on the BSc program at Middlesex University and began my degree in 2010, as part of my degree I had the opportunity as a student VN to work at Battersea Cat and Dog home and the Royal Veterinary College’s Beaumont Sainsbury Animal Hospital as well as numerous general practices within London. As part of my degree I undertook an elective module in Animal Behaviour and Training which spurred my enthusiasm for encouraging understanding of animal behaviour in the veterinary team.
Following graduation in 2014 I moved back to Scotland, taking a position as an RVN first at Braid Vets Hospital in Edinburgh and then at the Edinburgh PDSA petaid hospital in 2016. My desire to work in animal behaviour has remained and I have developed my knowledge by undertaking a great deal of continuing professional development (CPD) in this area. Completion of my Low Stress Handling Certificate gave me the push I needed to begin developing CPD and bespoke training for veterinary practices, to help them modify the handling techniques they use in order to reduce fear and anxiety. I am now currently undertaking my MSc in Clinical Animal behaviour at Edinburgh university.
BSc (Hons) Veterinary Nursing
ISFM certificate in Feline Veterinary Nursing
Low Stress Handling (Silver) Certificate