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Catarina Ventura


Catarina Ventura

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Job Title: Student Vet Nurse
Nickname: Kitty Cat
Joined Riverside in: 2020
Pets: "April" the cat
Animal she would be: Magpie

I have always wanted to be a veterinary nurse and I trained as a nursing assistant in Portugal where I am from. I came to the UK and did some voluntary work in a vet practice but I was looking for a place to do my training. In 2020 I found the nursing assistant job at Riverside and I was so please to become part of a lovely team who helped me through my first months. I was really pleased to be asked to move onto the Nurse training course in September of 2021 and I am now so proud to call myself a Student Veterinary Nurse. I look forward to the day I can change that to Registered Veterinary Nurse. I love the job because it is ever changing and there really is never a dull day. I am enjoying how much there is to learn about the job and about our furry patients.

I have already adopted my first animal in the UK, a cat called April. I would love to get a dog but it is not the right time at the moment. Back in Portugal with my parents we have two dogs called Nero and Nala and I really miss them.

Outside of work I like to go walking and go to the gym. In Portugal I used to play basketball for many years and I would like to start doing that again. I like reading and also sculpting, and I love shiny things. That is why I would be a Magpie if I was an animal - I also have a habit of putting pens and all sorts of other things in my pocket at work so no-one else can find them!