Meet the VetCheck Vet Nurses

VetCheck Vet Nurses Nurse Amy<br>VetCheck Nurse Manager

Nurse Amy
VetCheck Nurse Manager

Nurse Amy joined our VetCheck 24/7 team in late May 2022. Amy has been in the veterinary industry for around 14 years and has a background of veterinary nursing.

Amy has worked in many different veterinary environments such as general practices, multi-disciplinary hospitals, specialist internal medicine as well as working as a nurse in the UK. Working as a vet nurse as well as in other senior nursing roles, enabled Amy to see what she needed in a manager. As the VetCheck 24/7 Nurse Manager, Amy is passionate about workplace inclusivity and in providing leadership that is genuine, positive and realistic in the veterinary industry.

Amy's aim is to always support, empower and show value to the nurses she manages, in a relaxed and collaborative management style.

At home in Melbourne, Amy spends her time with her rescue kids; Elvis Presley the Burmese cat and Hans Grüber the Staffy X. Both have had their fair share of medical issues with Hans having very severe separation anxiety. The true testament of the vet professional curse! Amy also has a fair few regular dogs she minds, sits and behaviour trains. Amy also loves vinyl records, plants, reading a good book and is a devote Elvis Presley fan.


VetCheck Vet Nurses Nurse Renee

Nurse Renee

I have been working in the industry for 10 years & hold a Cert IV in veterinary nursing as well as further recognition through the VNCA & AVA gaining my RVN & AVN.

I have extensive experience nursing equine patients, small animals & exotics. My interests include pathology, surgical nursing & rehabilitation.

In my spare time I compete on my horses & enjoy spending time with my son & husband.


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 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

I began my career in the veterinary industry in 2006. I hold 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). I obtained my initial training and assessment qualifications in 2011 and has been imparting my 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.

I also hold 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, I have worked in veterinary practices across the Mornington Peninsula, Ballarat, and Geelong regions. I currently work as a senior veterinary nurse in a local small animal veterinary hospital, sharing my skills, knowledge and passion with junior and student veterinary nurses.

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


VetCheck Vet Nurses Nurse Colleen

Nurse Colleen

I am a qualified Veterinary Technician originally from Canada but have called Australia home for the past 10 years. I started my career 13 years ago by diving straight into emergency and critical care nursing in Canada. I have since gained a wealth of experience working in several veterinary emergency hospitals in North Queensland, Newcastle and in Perth where I worked as a nurse manager.

I unfortunately do not have any pets of my own due to my love of travel. In my spare time I’m at the beach, playing guitar and singing, camping or free-diving. I’m currently studying a Bachelor of Computer Science majoring in Software Development and hope to contribute these skills to the veterinary industry as it progresses.


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 Amy

Nurse Amy

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


VetCheck Vet Nurses Nurse Donna

Nurse Donna

I am a highly qualified and experienced veterinary nurse. I started my animal career working with marine animals such as sharks, seals and penguins. I 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.

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

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

As you can see my world revolves around animals and my personal life is no exception. I have a particular interest in snow dogs! I have rescued numerous huskies and malamutes over the years and I am currently owned by a very dopey young malamute called Seeley (aka Sausage) and a grumpy old female husky named Aurora (aka Demon dog) whom I adore.


VetCheck Vet Nurses Nurse Kate

Nurse Kate

I am a highly qualified and experienced Veterinary Nurse. I began my career in small animal practice before moving to the emergency and critical care department in a university teaching hospital.

My true passion is wildlife and exotics and I have spent the past 20 years working in a Zoo veterinary hospital where I am a Senior Nurse.

I am passionate about conservation and take a special interest in medical conditioning of captive animals. My favourite patients are primates, marine mammals and penguins.

When I’m not running around after my 2 children or pet dog Hank I am usually undertaking further study.

I won the Veterinary Nurses Council of Australia Vet Nurse of the year award in 2019.


VetCheck Vet Nurses Nurse Rachel

Nurse Rachel

I began veterinary nursing in 2004, and spent just over 10 years working in various small animal practices, where my passion was surgical nursing and anaesthesia. The latter 5 years I spent as head nurse, where I enjoyed training new nurses and helping to run the practice.

I then took a break from my career, spending six years raising and home educating my three young children. We live in Norfolk, UK, with our Romanian rescue dog, Maggie and cat Jemima.

I am now happy to be back doing what I love, being able to help animals and their humans, as well as spending time at home educating my children.


VetCheck Vet Nurses Nurse Naomi

Nurse Naomi

I have been vet nursing since 2003 and completed my training in Edinburgh, Scotland. Since qualifying as an RVN I have worked in both small animal and exotic practice. I have spent time in Australia and worked in several clinics in Melbourne before moving back to the UK to take the roll as head nurse for a very busy veterinary practice in Liverpool, England. I have since returned to Scotland to be close to my family and have completed the ISFM feline nursing certificate and adore all things cat!

I have a love for super fluffy animals and have two chow chows and 3 cats that keep me and my husband busy.


VetCheck Vet Nurses Nurse Sarah

Nurse Sarah

I qualified in the U.K. in 2009 and currently work in a small animal orthopaedic referral practice. I have previously worked as a head nurse for a small animal practice in Cornwall for 5 years before returning to Norfolk to be closer to family.

I have such a love for animals and love the variety of the job I do whether it’s surgeries, nursing, anaesthesia or helping clients.

I live with my partner, our little boy and our three legged rescue cat called Beans.


VetCheck Vet Nurses Nurse Cassie

Nurse Cassie

I have loved the industry since I was old enough to understand a career, which meant, going into clinic at an early age of 15 for work experience, at a mixed practice of large and small animals.

Throughout my career I have worked with a number of different animals including wildlife. I have been a qualified Veterinary Nurse for the last 9 years, and still enjoy the daily running’s of clinic.

I am currently a Senior Head Nurse at my current clinic, which keeps me on my toes, and the day exciting!

My special interests within the industry are surgical nursing and behavioural training, and have a soft spot for reptiles.

I live with my husband and 3-year-old boxer, who keeps me entertained on the daily!


VetCheck Vet Nurses Nurse Sophie

Nurse Sophie

My vet nursing journey started in 2008 in Liverpool, UK. I have been qualified for over 10 years and have worked mainly at busy hospitals within the charity sector.

During my time in practice, I very much enjoyed in-patient care. From hands-on tasks, such as placing intravenous catheters, to closely monitoring patients recovering from anaesthesia after surgery. No two days were ever the same.

I like interacting with clients. Whether that be supporting them in times of need or providing advice. There is no better feeling than helping clients care for their beloved pets.

I am passionate about the veterinary industry and continue to work within it even while travelling. Trust me when I say, no stray animal goes by me unpetted!


VetCheck Vet Nurses Nurse Madi

Nurse Madi

Nurse Madi began her veterinary nursing career in South America in 2007 and returned to Australia to complete her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing as well as Animal Studies and Companion Animal Services. She also completed her Microchip Implantation Certificate in 2009. She has a passion for running client education workshops including First Aid, Snake Bite Prevention and Dental Disease information. She loves sharing her knowledge and handy tips for dealing with anxious pets with her calm and low-stress handling techniques, physiotherapy and rehabilitation.

Outside of the clinic she is a Wildlife Rescue volunteer and enjoys surfing and spending time at the beach. You can also find her working on upcycling projects in her free time, with her 70kg Saint Bernard, Hugo, by her side.


VetCheck Vet Nurses Nurse Jaimi

Nurse Jaimi

After 10 years in the television industry, and an amazing couple of months volunteering for a lion conservation project in Zimbabwe, I followed my heart and began my Vet Nursing career in 2014. I relocated from Sydney to the Sunshine Coast and have not looked back!

I have a degree in Communications and a Cert IV in Veterinary Nursing through the Animal Industries Resource Centre, which I updated to the most current version in 2021. I have completed my RECOVER CPR Basic and Advanced Life Support course through the American College of Veterinary Emergency & Critical Care. I enjoy undertaking additional training and continuing education to ensure my skills and knowledge remain current.

After a brief period in general practice, I trained and worked in a specialist and referral practice for over 6 years as a ward nurse, medicine nurse, then surgical nurse. I really enjoy the challenge of complex anaesthesia and how rewarding it is to recover these patients. I started working ECC in 2019, initially juggling this with my other role, then decided to focus solely on ECC. After three years enjoying this fast paced environment and a year in a Nurse Manager role, I have taken on a new challenge and left the weird and wonderful world of night shift to work in general practice and with VetCheck24/7.

In addition to the practical side of nursing, I love helping clients and their pets. I will 100% advocate for patients and am a dog, cat, and all other kind of animal person! I have a menagerie of pets at home including 2 greyhounds, 3 cats, 2 horses and 3 sheep. In my spare time I enjoy hiking, yoga, reading and napping.


VetCheck Vet Nurses Nurse Rachel

Nurse Rachel

I have been veterinary nursing since 2004 in a variety of clinics including a veterinary dental specialist clinic. I currently work part time in a busy Melbourne clinic as well as being part of the VetCheck 24/7 team.

I have a 16yr old Toy Poodle x Shih tzu and 5 yr old Standard Poodle. When I'm not working Im generally running around after 3 young kids.


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