I am one of those people who always wanted to be a vet – much to the surprise of my parents. I grew up in Sydney and moved to Canberra after finishing university in 1991 to to gain some experience in a large small animal clinic for a year or two. I stayed there for 5 years, and then ventured back to Sydney for 2 years working in a small animal and specialist practice.
Canberra’s easy going, fun, outdoors lifestyle and great work opportunities beckoned… I returned to Canberra in 1998. I completed my Masters in Veterinary Studies and also sat for my examinations for Membership of the Australian New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists in Small Animal Medicine in 2001. I firmly believe that ongoing learning is important to keep interested and up to date in my career and have spent many years learning more about my areas of interest which include small animal medicine, soft tissue surgery and ultrasonography.
Canberra certainly is home now. Steve, my architect husband, and I have renovated a number of houses, parented dogs, lizards, guinea pigs, and two sons, Nick and Sam, who have made life all the more busy, interesting and busy. We are now proud parents to our new Jack Russell terrier puppy, having sadly lost Zoe earlier this COVID-19 year. Life continues to be busy and interesting! We enjoy spending time in the Snowy Mountains; skiing, hiking, touring, fishing and generally breathing in the fresh clean air.
The years since the inception of the Inner South Veterinary Centre have been challenging and very fulfilling. It is a wonderful thing in your career to play an important role in people’s lives and watch their pets and children grow up, and to go through life’s many cycles with them.
I have had the privilege to keep developing my career over the last decade and have developed a passionate interest in veterinary behaviour and the welfare of all pets – cats, dogs, small furry animal as well as those with feathers and scales. I became a Member of the ANZCVS in Animal Behaviour by examination in 2016. I have been an Examiner for the Australia New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists for behaviour examinations since 2017, and member and now president-elect of the AVA Veterinary Behaviour group doe 5 years.
It is a time my career to give back to my amazing profession and help our pet’s mental and physical health, but also mentor our younger vets to learn more about the field of veterinary behaviour and psychiatry. My commitment is ongoing to this great profession, but also to this amazing practice, the clients, their families and their pets, that I have had the privilege working with for so many years.