I began my life in Practice working as a kennel maid for Mr. R.C. Challinor when I had finished my A Levels at 18. Little did I know what lay ahead!! I was completely unaware that Veterinary Nursing existed let alone that it was a career option. I had come initially from a background in human medicine so it would seem I was destined to join a caring profession in some capacity or other.
After just a few weeks I was completely won over by my new job and through discussion with my colleagues discovered there was a formal training scheme and recognised qualification to be had and I fully intended to have it!!
I completed the first year and half of the second year when an unmissable opportunity came my way and I landed a position working as a trainee nurse for Greenhalgh and Heal Veterinary Surgeons of Yorkshire Street in Burnley.
I qualified as a Veterinary Nurse in 1991 and became Head Nurse soon after, a position which I held for the next 12 years.
In 1997 I qualified as a Pet Health Counsellor and so the Nursing Clinic was born. I was able to give clients up-to-the-minute advice on all kinds of topics such as underweight and overweight pets, diabetic monitoring, pregnancy and birth, elderly pets and problems associated with getting older, puppy and kitten classes, advice on worming, flea prevention and treatment, vaccination, neutering including rabbits and ferrets, food and nutrition, insurance, behaviour, dental health, the list was endless!!
May 2001 saw us move to our wonderful new premises at Oakmount House and suddenly the sky was the limit!!
The move brought with it a purpose built nurses room and a shared rota so all the qualified nurses had the opportunity to hold their own clinics. I began to visit schools, nurseries, beaver and cub scout groups, giving talks on responsible pet ownership, I was regularly delivering talks on first aid to various groups and rapidly building a reputation as ‘a bit of a chatterbox’!
So here we are in 2011 (rapidly heading towards 2012) and it all seems to have come full circle.
I’m back! Having had my children, seen many students shed blood sweat and tears to pass exams, spent a short spell lecturing nursing students at Myerscough College , I am finally back where I belong, right here, in my clinic, at your service!
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