Holly is a Senior Veterinary Nurse at Knutsford Vets and has been with us since we opened our doors in 2014. She plays a big role in delivering many of the excellent services that we offer here at the surgery, including our six month health checks and a range of scans and procedures. She also uses her valuable experience to train new members of staff and student veterinary nurses.
What pets do you have?
A demanding ginger cat called Ron
How long have you done your job?
I qualified as a veterinary nurse in 2007 and have been in the veterinary industry for 16 years. I joined the team here back in 2014.
Do you have any qualifications or additional training?
I completed a BSC (Hons) in Veterinary Nursing, a BSAVA Merit Award in Anaesthesia and I’m currently completing a BSAVA Merit Award in Dermatology.
What does your job entail on a day-to-day basis?
My day to day is a little varied, but mostly consists of working with the team to set up and prepare for operations or any other procedures. Just some of the things I do on a day to day include x-rays and ultrasound investigations; monitoring patients during general anaesthesia; taking care of the patients that are admitted for surgical or medical reasons; running and taking laboratory tests; taking radiographs; performing dental mapping; scaling and polishing teeth.
In addition to all of that I run nurse clinics, offering all kinds advice, performing post op checks and 6 month health checks and dispensing medications.
When I’m not doing any of the tasks listed above, I’ll be searching for puppies and kittens to cuddle and saying hello to regular patients. I also help keep the practice clean and stocked to run efficiently, as well as training new members of staff and student veterinary nurses.
What do you enjoy most about your job?
Every day is different – challenging but rewarding. Nothing makes me more happier than having a patient who loves to come to the vets and it’s an added bonus if they try to escape to the prep room from reception to say hello.
Most unusual animal treated
A tortoise with a broken leg.
Favourite song and favourite film
Gangsta Paradise by Coolio – I can rap every word! I don’t really have a favourite film but would never miss any musical or watching any Indiana Jones film.
Favourite dog walk
Ribblehead Viaduct in the Yorkshire dales or aria falls in the Lake District
What other interests do you have outside of work?
I like to travel when I have the chance and enjoy tracing my family tree.