Unlike most people in the veterinary industry, I didn’t know what I wanted to be when I grew up. I have always enjoyed wildlife and my pets growing up and at age 4, my mum would bring home foster kittens from the animal shelter she was working at and I would get very excited to feed and play with them.
My parents are both big time Boxer dog fans and we have had many as family pets growing up. We have adopted them as young as puppies and some as rescues that were nearing the end of their lives. We loved them all the same and they were an important part of our family.
I went through some really tough times during my primary and high school years and was subject to bullying because I have high-functioning autism. I was a bit different and spent a lot of my time alone.
What really sparked my interest in wanting to work with animals was when I joined AWARE wildlife rescue group under the guidance of experienced carer, Gill. With the help of my mum, we went on a number of animal rescue missions and I volunteered every Saturday at the wildlife shelter for 9 years. This is where the passion blossomed.
I joined a volunteer program run by the Mornington Peninsula Shire Council where I was made the Junior Ambassador for Volunteers. I would go on to do a 3 year dog training course and I have since done many animal related courses and certificates.
I completed an Animal Studies Certificate and very quickly decided I wanted to do a Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing. I completed this in early 2020 and have been nursing for around 4 years until I moved to Lynbrook Vet in late 2022.
Outside of work, my hobbies are cars (including working on my own), watching anime and reading manga, watching YouTube videos and hanging out with my pet conure named Gonzo.