Education: Glasgow University
Growing up, I had a variety of pets, from hamsters, turtles, birds, and fish, to rabbits and cats. Unfortunately, I was the only member of my family who had an interest in animals, so each new adoption only transpired after months of begging and pleading with my considerably reluctant parents. I spent a major portion of my childhood living overseas with my family, and so along with my love for animals, I developed a love for travel.
During my undergrad in Montreal, I volunteered at an animal hospital where I got to care for their high numbers of parvo puppies. I would go into the isolation ward and pretty much stay there for hours on end, cleaning up diarrhea and vomit, and giving the attention-starved puppies some much needed love. This was my first real introduction to the world of veterinary medicine, and I liked it! After graduating, I was at a bit of a loss as to where I wanted to go career-wise. I was not enamoured with my microbiology job, so I started volunteering again, this time at the Ottawa Veterinary Hospital. At the same time, I had decided it was time to live abroad again, and as luck would have it, I was accepted to Glasgow’s veterinary program.
Education and Memberships:
Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery (University of Glasgow, 2007)
Bachelor of Science (Animal Biology) (McGill University, 2001)
College of Veterinarians of Ontario (CVO)
Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (MRCVS)
Veterinary Information Network (VIN)
Areas of Interest:
My first 2 years after graduating, I worked at the Ottawa Veterinary Hospital, where I learned a lot about emergency medicine and surgery. Since then, I have maintained a special interest in emergency medicine and critical care. I started here at Beechwood in September of 2009 and am now fostering some of my other interests, such as rabbits and internal medicine.
I met my husband Andrew in 2005, in Glasgow. We now have delectable twin girls and we consider ourselves incredibly lucky. We love to travel, which is helpful, considering our families are spread all over the globe. We regularly head back to Scotland to visit friends and family in both Glasgow and in the North. We share our home with two incredibly tolerant cats, Shortbread and Haggis.