I have wanted to be a vet for as long as I can remember, having grown up in the Adelaide Hills with dogs, rabbits, guinea pigs and budgies! I started riding when I was 7 years old, working at riding schools and agistment centres to gain more experience.
In 2010 I moved to Sydney for university having secured my place in the Bachelor of Veterinary Science at the University of Sydney. While studying I gained further experience with animals of all kinds by working as a receptionist/nurse at a small animal clinic in the eastern suburbs and a breeding assistant and rider at a warmblood stud near Picton.
I graduated from vet school in 2015 and moved back home to Adelaide where I worked in two busy small animal practices where I learned quickly and developed my skills in all areas of general practice. I enjoyed my time in these practices but have decided that I need to move at a slower pace and develop deeper bonds with my clients.
I have always been fascinated by animal behaviour and training. I have done obedience and agility with my dogs as a teenager and love training young and ‘problem’ horses to help them learn to be confident partners. My interest in behavioural medicine started when I got my own ‘special needs’ dog Rico (pictured) in 2017 as a 5month old rescue pup. He struggled with severe generalised anxiety and was completely unable to cope in the world which led me on a new journey to help him! Since then I have worked with a number of different dogs and cats with a variety of issues and love helping them and their humans to live their best lives!
My other passion is pain management and physical rehabilitation as I strongly believe that many ‘behavioural’ problems have a root in pain or physical dysfunction (especially in horses!). My own experience with ‘difficult’ horses has shown that by getting to the bottom of their physical issue you often resolve behavioural ones!
I now live with my partner James at our beautiful Eldsten Park – 30acres near Nairne in the Adelaide Hills with my horses, dogs, cats and a 3-legged possum!