Louise qualified as a Veterinary Nurse in 2001, after three years training in a busy small animal first opinion and cardiorespiratory, surgical and exotic referral hospital in Norfolk. She then gained 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 a 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 teach in 2012 to help establish 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) for two years.
In 2015 she spent three months in South Africa training to be a safari guide and has recently returned from a further ten months in South Africa and Botswana a fully-fledged lead trails guide.
In January she starts a Master’s degree in Conservation Biology at The University of Cape Town and her ultimate career goal is to combine safari guiding with wildlife research and teaching.
She has funded her travels and change of career direction with locum veterinary nursing, teaching, tutoring, examining and even waitressing and is really enjoying her slightly less ordinary but very exciting new life.