We have an amazing nursing team that holds everything together at Ashwood. They ensures the highest standards of medical care and have specialisms in surgery, anaesthetics, rehabilitation, kidney disease & dentistry. You may be surprised at what our nurses are qualified for, trained in and capable of!
Growing up, I loved biology and was obsessed with wild life books, Animal Planet, David Attenborough and animals. When I was six, Mum and Dad rescued Nipper, a Jack Russell who had been badly mistreated. She was the sorriest looking dog we had ever seen. She was thin, had hardly any fur and looked so much older than her real age. Despite all of this, she immediately became my best friend and I loved her to bits. With visits to the vet, lots of cuddles and TLC, she flourished into a happy healthy waggy tailed dog. Watching Nipper's transformation made me realise that I could be involved in working this kind of magic forever. As soon as I finished my A-levels, I joined the Ashwood team. I studied to become a veterinary nurse and I've been helping people with their own little Nippers ever since!
When I was young, I loved spending holidays on my friend’s farm, helping with the animals. Once, enthusiastically running to see her new puppy, I tripped and cut my head. I still have a mark but it’s a reminder of the excitement and how much I love animals too. So you could say that animals have left their mark on me in more ways than one! I think it must really come from my mum, as she is a mega animal fan and I’ve had pets ever since I can remember. Now, I just love making a difference to the lives of animals. I started out working on our reception, now I’m a veterinary nurse and I love it. I've recently trained as a cat advocate as part of our goal to make Ashwood an accredited Cat Friendly Clinic.
It was while watching episode after episode of Animal Planet that something clicked for me. We didn’t really have pets until I was 16, when we got a wonderful black lab puppy called Alfie. I’ve just recently rescued another lab puppy called Harvey and he’s crazy! (and super-happy). I just love to help animals in any way I can, and I love working at Ashwood with Patrick and the team. I love developing my skills as a Surgical Nurse and seeing the results of helping my patients live a better quality of life. I'm undertaking further advanced studies in nurse surgery and enjoying every minute of it. Since the end of my 3 years of academic nursing studies and qualifying as a registered veterinary nurse I really have never looked back.
As a child I always wanted to work with animals, be it as a zookeeper, vet, dog-walker, nurse... the list went on and the role of choice changed each week! After a detour into the acting world and having played a nurse on Emmerdale a few times (oh, the irony!); I decided to take the leap, follow my heart and change my career to Veterinary Nursing. After volunteering with the RSPCA in England, I moved to Northern Ireland in 2015 and began my nursing journey at Greenmount College on the Animal Nursing Assistant course. That diploma confirmed for me that Veterinary Nursing was the job I wanted and so I went on to the Veterinary Nursing diploma course in 2018 and haven't looked back since! I'm delighted to be fully qualified now and shall wear my RVN badge with pride! I joined the Ashwood family in July 2021 and I'm so thrilled and honoured to be part of such an incredible team of truly passionate and caring people.
I come from a family of animal lovers. I cannot recall a time growing up where we didn't have something 4 legged and fluffy running around, usually a poor little stray I had coerced my parents into taking in. I currently have a very aloof black cat called Leonard and 2 Fox Red Labradors called Skye & Martha. Having made the transfer from the human medical field to animal nursing I quickly realised that I had found my calling amongst our furry friends. Whilst I love all aspects of Veterinary Nursing I have a keen interest in Medical Nursing and especially love Emergency work. I am hoping to undertake further studies in surgical nursing procedures and in medical and emergency nursing so I can keep my knowledge and training as up to date as possible. I have worked in several different practices over the years, both in Northern Ireland and across the pond in England. Since coming on board as a Senior Veterinary Nurse at Ashwood Vets in August 2020 it was clear from the beginning that our primary focus is your pet and I am so proud to be a member of such a fantastic team.
Growing up I always new I wanted to work with animals. My dad would often have sheep and I got some great experience helping with lambing and the day to day care of them. I obtained my Animal Nursing Assistant qualification and after winning the 'Top of the Year' award, I knew I was on the right path! I have a Beagle called Luna, a Cockerpoo called Toby & a cat called Albus and they keep me pretty busy when I'm not at work. I also love to catch up with family and friends, hit the gym and sit down with a good book!
I joined Ashwood in June 2019 to further my studies, and I look forward to sitting my final year exams in a few months. I enjoy learning about Emergency & Critical Care and I hope to further my knowledge in this aspect of veterinary in the future. I'm very grateful to be part of such a supporting & encouraging team.