I always wanted to be a vet for as long as I can remember. I had a great love of horses as a child as well as dogs and cats, and could imagine no other career.
I studied veterinary science at Sydney University and graduated in 1989. Pursuing my love of the outdoors and things equine I worked in practices in rural Victoria for the first 6 years. I became skilled at working with most species, small animals, dairy and beef cattle and horses, as well as a smattering of other creatures. Eventually common sense directed me from large animal practice and into the world of small animals and Canberra. I knew that Canberra is in fact Australia’s best kept secret! I grew up here and I always had an ambition to return here to work and raise a family. I spent 6 years in a big small animal practice developing surgical skills, sitting for my examinations in Small Animal Surgery with the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists.
In July 2002, Sandy Hume, Isabelle Resch and I purchased the Alta Veterinary Hospital, less then 500 m from where I had grown up in Canberra. Alta became Inner South Veterinary Centre. We took great pride in extending and renovating the hospital and elevating the standards of customer service, medicine and surgery to what it is today. Of course this is a never ending learning curve and we still are working very hard to achieve these aims. My primary interest as a veterinarian is in the surgical side. Soft tissue surgery, cancer surgery and skin reconstruction are always interesting and challenging. However, even more than that I love meeting clients and their pets, growing up with them, helping through the good times and the hard times, then as with the circle of life meeting their new pets, and the pets of their children.
At home I have three beautiful children who continue to take up a lot of my time and energy and keep life interesting. I have two delightful pet rabbits, Alvin and Dusty. I spend as much time as I can on my bike, bushwalking, swimming and on the beach.
In 2014 I have enjoyed the challenge of studying Ophthalmology through the University of Sydney Distance Education program. I will never look at eyes the same way again!