I have wanted to be a vet since I was four years old, once I realised I was genetically ill equipped to grow up to be a lion! I studied at the Royal Veterinary College in London, and after qualifying in 2002 I joined a mixed practice in Bedfordshire. A love of small animal medicine and soft tissue surgery led me to a large hospital practice in Cambridgeshire for 12 years. After a move to Lincolnshire with my husband and two young sons, I joined SLVG in 2019, and became Clinical Director earlier this year.
I love general practice for the broad experiences it throws up every day. As a scowly teenager I would have told you I was joining the profession because I didn’t want to ‘do people’, but of course most patients come with at least one human in tow, and serving that incredible bond between pet and owner has become what it’s all about for me- whether I’m meeting that exciting new addition to the family for the first time, navigating animals through best health during their lives, or helping families manage chronic conditions at the other end of their pets life. A particular passion for me is emergency and critical care and I am no stranger to the night shift- there’s nothing more satisfying than seeing a patient heading home when you know without timely veterinary intervention things could have been very different.
So my next veterinary adventure is to step down as Clinical Director and take up one of our dedicated night vet roles. As the night shifts become busier we are growing our night team of vets and nurses, who take care of the inpatients overnight and see emergency consults, doing medical work ups or emergency surgery as needed.
There is a big, friendly team at South Lincs Vets and I am so proud of all my colleagues. With lots of extra pets since lockdown, and a lot less vets and nurses in the profession at the moment, we have been very busy, yet everyone has stepped up to pull together as a team and support each other.
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