Meet the VetCheck Vet Nurses

VetCheck Vet Nurses Gemma Cooper - Sales, Support and Advocacy Manager

Gemma Cooper - Sales, Support and Advocacy Manager

For the past seventeen years I have worked my dream career as a veterinary nurse. I been lucky to travel around Australia and work in mixed practices and meet so many amazing people along the way. I found my calling in Emergency Medicine, back in Melbourne. My favourite place to be in this diverse career is on the front-line, helping patients in urgent situations, providing triage and other assistance, along with supporting clients every step of the way with their beloved pets.

Along the way I have acquired my own little crew of rescue animals, including three cats, one dog and one galah that runs the household! I also hold a wildlife foster carer licence which allows me to raise orphaned possums and release them into the wild once they reach early adulthood. In my spare time I enjoy beach visits, teaching yoga at a studio in Melbourne, hiking in the forest and cooking, and buying too many indoor plants.


VetCheck Vet Nurses Nurse Zoe

Nurse Zoe

Zoe started as a student veterinary nurse back in 1992 as a 16yr old nervous school leaver. She embraced her training and college work and sailed through qualifying in Spring 1996. Since qualifying Zoe has remained in small animal practice and was a head nurse for 18yrs in a vibrant progressive first opinion practice. Since leaving she has been an evening nurse in referral, as a locum in small animal practice and has also set up her successful pet nurse at home business. She has also been studying hard for the last 10yrs in all things feline.

She currently holds the ISFM Feline Friendly Nursing and Advanced Behaviour Certificates and is coming towards the end of her Compass Applied Feline Behaviour Management Diploma, She also gained a distinction in the COAPE Canine Friendly Nursing certificate. She likes to apply her behaviour knowledge whilst working in practice and also with educating pet owners through her various social media channels. She set up a Campaign in 2018, Respect the Lead which tries to educate dog owners on good dog lead etiquette. This campaign went viral and reached all four corners of the globe. So you could say Zoe keeps her self very busy flying the RVN flag. In her spare time she enjoys time with her 8yr old son and tries to keep fit and active with walking, pilates and playing tennis.


VetCheck Vet Nurses Nurse Rachael

Nurse Rachael

I’ve been a qualified nurse in the UK for 14 years and I’ve worked in general practices and emergency hospitals. I am very passionate about cats and have completed my Feline Nursing certificate. When in practice, I love doing nurse consultations and helping our lovely patients and owners.

At home I have 2 cats who keep the family entertained for hours. I also have a love of the ocean and enjoy scuba diving!


VetCheck Vet Nurses Nurse Leanne

Nurse Leanne

I studied in the UK and have been in practice for over 10years. I have primarily worked in small animal practice but also have equine knowledge through having my own horse for 16years. I have 3 rescue fur babies at the moment - a cocker spaniel, a collie and a ginger pusscat! I simply love being a veterinary nurse and being able to help and support all animals and their owners.


VetCheck Vet Nurses Nurse Georgina

Nurse Georgina

I have been a Veterinary Nurse for 14 years working in both general and referral practices in Cambridgeshire. I've spent the last 8 years as Head Veterinary Nurse in a feline-only clinic specialising in feline medicine. I now live in Suffolk with my Husband, young children and many animal friends. I have always enjoyed the client-facing role in practice, and working for Vetcheck 24/7 allows me to carry on doing what I love whilst also being home for my family.


VetCheck Vet Nurses Nurse Lauri

Nurse Lauri

Nurse Lauri began her career in the veterinary industry in 2006. She holds a Cert II and III in Animal Studies, Cert III and IV in Companion Animal Services, Cert IV in Captive Animals, as well as a Cert IV and dual Diploma in Veterinary Nursing (ECC and GP). She obtained her initial training and assessment qualifications in 2011 and has been imparting her wealth of skills and knowledge to students ever since as a training manager, trainer and assessor, tutor, and teacher at both private training organisations and TAFEs.

Lauri also holds Diplomas in Training Design and Development, Vocational Education and Training, Counselling, Business, Business Administration, and Management, as well as a Graduate Diploma of Management (Learning). Since 2006, Lauri has worked in veterinary practices across the Mornington Peninsula, Ballarat, and Geelong regions. Lauri currently works as a senior veterinary nurse in a local small animal veterinary hospital, sharing her skills, knowledge and passion with junior and student veterinary nurses.

Lauri is a registered veterinary nurse with the VNCA (#AVNAT0025) and sits on both the editorial board and review panel for the Veterinary Nurses Council of Australia.


VetCheck Vet Nurses Nurse Charlie

Nurse Charlie

I have been Veterinary nurse for just over 16 years in a large & small animal practice, I have also worked in emergency for just over 10 yrs I live with my Partner our 4 children and our 30 plus animals on 40 acres in the yarra valley Victoria, My passion is wildlife with a real soft spot for reptiles especially lizards.


VetCheck Vet Nurses Nurse Amy

Nurse Amy

Amy is a qualified Certificate IV Veterinary Nurse who has been nursing for over 16 years. She currently works as a senior nurse in a general practice in Newcastle NSW which has a keen interest in avian, exotic and reptile patients. Her favourite patients to nurse as rabbits and guinea pigs, and Amy has presented nursing lectures to other clinics on ‘nursing the rabbit patient’. Amy also owns and runs a successful puppy preschool business called The Polite Puppy Academy, and has a keen interest in puppy behaviour and development. At home you can find her chasing after her 2 daughters, and ‘Mavis’ the nova scotia duck tolling retriever.


VetCheck Vet Nurses Nurse Donna

Nurse Donna

Donna is a highly qualified and experienced veterinary nurse. She started her animal career working with marine animals such as sharks, seals and penguins. She then went on to work in a UK zoological collection delivering educational presentations and assisting with the behaviour, training, and enrichment of a variety of species including parrots, birds of prey, otters and sealions.

Donna eventually changed her focus to more domesticated species (mainly cats and dogs) in 2004 when she became a small animal veterinary nurse. During her time as a veterinary nurse, she has worked in various clinics including first opinion and ECC (emergency critical care) so she is very experienced triage nurse. She also worked for the famous Supervet, Noel Fitzpatrick in his orthopaedic and neurological referral practice for a time too!

Since 2014 however, Donna has taken a step back from clinical work and has spent the past few years teaching and passing on her knowledge to students on an animal management course. Donna loves both teaching and learning! She holds many qualifications including an advanced diploma in veterinary nursing and a master’s degree in clinical animal behaviour.

As you can see Donna’s world revolves around animals and her personal life is no exception. She has a particular interest in snow dogs! She has rescued numerous huskies and malamutes over the years and is currently owned by a very dopey young malamute called Seeley (aka Sausage) and a grumpy old female husky named Aurora (aka Demon dog) whom she adores.


VetCheck Vet Nurses Nurse Andrea

Nurse Andrea

Andrea is a certified vet nurse from the northern tablelands of NSW. She completed her certificate IV in a high volume, small animal clinic on the south coast. She took a special interest in rabbits, exotics, birds and wildlife. Andrea managed an animal rescue centre at this time as well, and is passionate about animal welfare.

Currently studying a Bachelor of Zoology with UNE, with the intention to go into wildlife research and conservation, her life revolves around helping animals. Andrea lives on a rural property that she is 're-wilding' with her Maremma, Jasper, and her two naughty bunnies, Bobo and Roro.


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