I am highly experienced and knowledgeable in all aspects of animal welfare and pet keeping. I qualified as a Veterinary Nurse in 1977 back in the days when we were known as RANAs (Registered Animal Nursing Auxiliary). I spent the next ten years in mixed practice in the UK and New Zealand.
Whilst in New Zealand, my interest in animals continued. I helped run a 70-acre sheep, goat and beef farm and had my own working sheepdogs. I also trained as an early childhood teacher and ran Playcentre sessions in our rural community. I also found time to raise three children as well as various cats, guinea pigs and the occasional pet lamb!