Nickie joined the practice in 2004 and quickly went on to gain her SVQ level 3 Veterinary Nursing qualification. In 2013 she completed the Advanced Veterinary Nursing Diploma; this allowed her to study nursing in greater detail and gave her a deep understanding of the skills involved in caring for veterinary patients. During her studies she developed a passion for anaesthesia and finds the subject as fascinating as it is terrifying! Having enjoyed a break from study she is now looking to further her knowledge in Veterinary Dermatology while working alongside our Dermatological Specialist.
Nickie enjoys providing advice and support in nursing clinics, running diabetic clinics; and loves to see young animals’ personalities develop as they grow during the puppy and kitten health checks. She runs and organises the practice’s puppy parties and this gives her the opportunity to support and guide clients in caring for their pets while helping them understand their pet’s behaviour and recognising normal puppy behaviour.
Nickie was adopted several years ago by a very hungry little stray who needed a good home and a big food cupboard. For a small cat Lily is very loud when her stomach rumbles and thinks every hour is tea-time. A sentiment Nickie can often relate to!
A keen runner with a love of hills, Nickie likes to find new and interesting ways to challenge herself. Having completed several types of runs both with and without obstacles/mud she is now looking forward to her biggest challenge yet in May 2016. This will see Nickie running a Marathon on and around the Great Wall of China alongside 200 other enthusiastic (and slightly mad!) runners while raising money for Epilepsy Action, a charity close to her heart. Ardene House are providing sponsorship for Nickie to participate in this very worthwhile fundraising event.
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