Meet Our Support Staff
Head Veterinary Nurse
I have been with Brudine Veterinary Hospital since May 2008 when I started as a school based apprentice. While working here and studying at school, I was also doing my Certificate II in Animal Studies. Once I finished my Cert. II and year 12, I decided to begin my Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing, which I completed in October 2012. I helped start the Brudine puppy classes and now run the class with the assistance of my colleague, Chelsea.
After a three year break from study, I have now completed my Certificate III in Dog Behaviour and Training & would love to help any of your dogs with the things I have learnt. In my spare time I love to help my partner, Matt, on his farm. The training of the sheep dogs and all the sheep work we do on the farm inspired me to begin this behaviour course.
My partner is an apiarist (commercial beekeeper) and this gives me the opportunity to work with bees quite regularly, which I love. I like to stay occupied and have taken an interest in photography in my limited spare time. I have a zoo of animals of my own including: Boots, a tabby cat that I rescued from the RSPCA; Charlie, my Ginger rescue cat; Yasher, my Shingleback Lizard; Junior, my excited Kelpie boy and Kellie, my bouncy female Kelpie & finally my most recent edition: Flash, a sable ferret.
I began working at Brudine in February 2015 and started my Certificate IV in Vet Nursing at CIT. I was then qualified in June 2016. Growing up I was always surrounded by animals. At age 10 I got my first horse and since then I have been competing competitively in dressage and I now compete at medium/advanced level dressage.
When I left school I had no idea what I wanted to do. I took 6 months off and went to Newcastle to work for Heath & Rozzie Ryan who are Olympic dressage riders. After working there for a month doing 14 hour days, starting at 7am and finishing around 10pm most nights, I headed back home where I began working for a Dressage business in Hall under Jodie Newall. I worked there for just over a year and then headed off to Uni to study Primary School teaching. I soon realised that teaching wasn’t the path I wanted to go down and that’s when I got my passion for Vet nursing.
When I’m not at work you can find me riding one of my horses on my family’s property in Murrumbateman. I currently have 3 horses, one of which is well known to Brudine as he is always causing trouble and injuring himself. Other than my horses, I also have a cat, Oscar the Grouch, who I adopted from the RSPCA as a stray in 2016, and a Great Dane called Scooby.
I started working at Brudine August 2015 and after a very long time of commuting back and forth for work from Tumut, I finally moved to Canberra November 2016.
I grew up in New Zealand and moved over in 2014, after completing my Diploma in Veterinary Nursing. I am a mother of an energetic toddler, a man child and this funny little Labrador, Boy, but surprisingly I still get a full nights sleep.
I have always had a passion for animals and I look forward to meeting all your fur babies.
I came from Sydney and grew up with animals. I started working with animals while still at High School. I started volunteering at a tourist farm caring for farming and native animals. Once I left high school I started my Veterinary course and a few years later continued on and completed a diploma.
I started as a kennel hand in a small practice until another small clinic offered part time work and full training. When I wasn’t working there my boss got me some casual work at the RSPCA in Sydney. I later changed to full time work at the RSPCA where I stayed for over 8 years caring for domestic, shelter animals and inspector cruelty and neglect cases.
I then left veterinary nursing and worked almost 5 years in a lab caring for rodents, rabbits, guinea pigs, pigs and sheep for medical research. But I had a dream to be a zookeeper so left the labs to study Captive Animals (Certificate 3) and as I was 4 weeks before completing my course I scored a fulltime zoo keeping position at Mogo Zoo on the South Coast. I was a small carnivore keeper looking after meerkats, red pandas, servals, otters, a binturong, fennec foxes and some reptiles including radiated tortoises and a bearded dragon. I also was in charge of the kitchen for a while preparing many of the animals foods; as well as acting as the current veterinary nurse at the zoo.
However, I missed veterinary nursing. So I moved to Canberra for work, to live with my partner and to be with friends. So in May 2017 I started working at Brudine Veterinary hospital. It’s been over 20 years since I started working with animals and still love helping all creatures great and small.
I came to work at Brudine in September 2014 as their groomer.
I am a mother of three, with two boys and a girl (who some of you will have already met).
I grew up on a farm in central west NSW, after finishing my HSC I began working at the local veterinary surgery as a nurse and completed my certificate III in veterinary nursing.
I have had many moves over the years and different jobs mostly in either the animal or human health care industries.
I moved to Canberra in 2005 and started my mobile grooming business. In my free time I enjoy playing netball and looking after my three pets, Nails and Rosie my two dogs and Gypsie the cat.
Apart from that, my children keep me busy and on my toes with all that teenagers do.
When I was a kid I always loved animals and knew that one day I would work with them. I always had an animal in the family and when I was ten I got my own dog, Monti. However, unfortunately he was a very sick puppy and we were constantly at Brudine with him. It was then that I realised I wanted to help sick animals. When I was in year 12 I did work experience with Brudine and loved every minute of it. Because of my experience I made the firm decision that I was going to study & become a veterinary nurse after school.
I continued my final school year in 2016 and then on my last day of school, I got a call from Brudine with a job offer. I started at Brudine the week after I graduated, in December 2016 and began my certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing with Animal Industries Resource Centre in February 2017. I’m excited about where this wonderful industry will take me and amazed by all the wonderful ways we can assist in the recovery or continued healthcare of pets every day!
I started working at Brudine Veterinary hospital in July 2019. Before moving to Canberra I worked at the Young vet clinic in Young nsw, I started my training with them in 2011 whilst working in a bistro and attending tafe. Once I completed my certificate IV I stayed on as a qualified nurse and enjoyed working with the wonderful staff and clients for 8 years.
In December of 2018 my family and I decided to make the move to Canberra, after 6 months of being a stay at home mum I decided it was time to get back into the workforce and was lucky enough to find employment within Brudine Veterinary hospital. I work with a wonderful bunch of colleagues and have already met so many of our great clients.
In my free time I love spending time with my husband and daughter attending markets, getting out and about with our animals, camping and taking trips back to my home town.
I have always had a love of animals and started in the animal industry in 1997 both studying and working in the animal house at the Canberra Institute of TAFE, Bruce. I gained a Diploma in Animal Technology in 1999, and after brief stints, decided that working in a laboratory environment was not for me, and shifted my studies to Veterinary Nursing.
In 1999, I moved to Sydney and, whilst working at the RSPCA (Yagoona), I finished my Advanced Certificate in Veterinary Nursing (Cert IV eqv). I then moved back to Canberra to work at Kent St Vet in 2000 for a few years before taking a break to raise a young family and move over to the USA for a couple of years. I returned to nursing in 2013 at the Moorabbin Veterinary Hospital in Melbourne until we moved back to Canberra in December 2017. I started at Brudine in February 2018 and am enjoying working with great staff and clients!!
On the home front, I have two high school kids and a hubby, our handsome White Swiss Shepherd (Bandit), a very social black cat (Elroy) and some fish!! We enjoy 4WDing, camping and anything outdoors!
As a kid I always said I was going to be a vet when I grew up. My love of animals never left but my love of study did when I was a teenager. I worked up enough money after finishing year 12 to go overseas, where I worked and travelled. While overseas, there were days that I missed my dog more then my friends and family.
I decided to return to Canberra, where I completed a Diploma of Animal Technology and Cert IV Vet Nursing. After working for several years in vet practices around Canberra I decided to advance my nursing skills and study a Bachelor of Nursing and Paramedics. While I study I am getting my weekly vet nursing fix at Brudine Vet Hospital.