Louise qualified as a Veterinary Nurse in 2001, after three years training in an exceptional small animal first opinion and cardiorespiratory, surgical and exotic referral hospital in Norfolk. She went on to gain some equine nursing experience in a 50/50 small animal/equine practice prior to moving to Cambridge for her first head nurse position.
She started teaching in 2004 at The College of Animal Welfare, where she completed the Certificate in Education and was promoted to Senior Course Tutor; leading the team of animal care and veterinary nursing lecturers and managing a range of courses.
She returned to head nursing (full-time) in 2008 whilst also completing a Zoology degree; graduating with first-class honours and some well-honed time management skills!
After spending a year gaining further laboratory skills and research experience at The Animal Health Trust, on the genetics of canine hip dysplasia, she returned to teaching in 2012 and assisted in establishing the degree in Veterinary Nursing and Animal Behaviour at The College of West Anglia/Anglia Ruskin University.
In 2013 she was offered a lectureship at The Royal Veterinary College and taught mostly Applied Veterinary Nursing Science (A&P), Equine Husbandry & Handling and practical veterinary nursing skills for two years.
In 2015 she followed a lifelong dream and left the UK for South Africa to train as a Safari Guide.
She spent the following two years gaining further guiding qualifications and experience as a walking (‘trails’) guide before starting work as a guide in a five-star safari lodge in Limpopo, South Africa.
She is now based in Maun, Botswana with her partner and their baby son and works as a Guide Trainer for Wilderness Safaris, where she uses her unique combination of skills as a safari guide, educator and zoologist to contribute to the guide training team.