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Job Title: Veterinary Surgeon
Joined Riverside in: 2015
Pets: 2 dogs, 3 cats, chickens
Animal she would be: Cat

After qualifying from Edinburgh University in 1999 I have worked in various general practices as well as spending 5 years locuming all over England and Wales. I joined Riverside in 2015 and I work 3 days a week here.

I have completed a Foundation Course in Veterinary Acupuncture and I am a member of the Association of British Veterinary Acupuncturists. It is great to be able to offer this treatment option to my patients. It can be used for a variety of cases but most commonly it can offer additional relief from chronic pain in arthritis cases which can make such a difference to a pets quality of life.

I also have a Post Graduate Certificate in Companion Animal Behaviour Councelling from Southampton University. This, again is a wonderful thing to be able to offer as it often involves bringing a pet and owners relationship back into harmony. Behaviour cases are rarely straight forward and getting to the bottom of a pets behaviour and giving the owner tools to deal with it is very rewarding.

I always wanted to be a vet and I started work experience in our local practice when I was 13. The vet there tried hard to put me off but when he found that I was determined he helped me along the way. What I love about being a vet is the satisfaction of getting a patient back home and enjoying life again.