Like many of my colleagues, animals have been a passion of mine for as long as I remember. However, it was an indirect journey that lead me to my true calling – veterinary science. I’ve never been the kind of person who was content naming just one ‘favourite animal’. At ten I decided that a pet cat and dog wasn’t quite enough and that I should absolutely definitely keep a pet spider. My family did not agree.
A natural aptitude for study and science, with an enthusiasm for both the animal and plant kingdoms, lead me to University of Auckland. I studied multiple disciplines during my undergraduate degree followed by a post graduate degree in ecology. It was about this time that it dawned on me that I was happiest when working hands-on with animals, and that that cuddling wildlife was neither encouraged within my profession nor by the animals themselves. So, despite having had quite enough of the university life style I took that leap and chased a dream.
I’ve been a practicing small animal veterinarian since graduating with my BVSc in 2011. This choice of career continues to indulge my enthusiasm for learning, science and working with a wide variety of animal species.
As the newest member of The Strand Veterinarian, I am very excited to be joining a team who strive to look after their patients holistically (meaning as a whole), who work exceptionally hard to stay at the forefront of scientific knowledge and who have their heart 100% engaged in what they do.
When not at work you’ll probably find me at the beach, sailing with friends, or at one of Auckland’s fantastic live music venues.