Dr Nichola graduated as a Veterinary Surgeon from The University of Liverpool, UK, in 2007. Since, she has worked predominantly in small animal practice, including several years working in referral and emergency clinics. This instilled a high standard of care and ethics into her clinical practice and means that she is experienced in managing some of the more unusual cases that general practitioners would not normally see.
With 12 years experience as a vet, Dr Nichola has always had an interest in Veterinary Behavioural Medicine. It struck Nichola early on in her career just how many of her patients were fearful during the veterinary visit. The animals she was trying so hard to help, had a very real fear of her and the veterinary clinic. As a result, Nichola is passionate about improving the emotional welfare of patients in the veterinary clinic through education of staff and other veterinary professionals. Through a deeper understanding of the behavioural needs of patients, Nichola is able to limit their stress when in the clinic through compassionate handling.
Nichola’s interest was developed further when one of her own dogs was diagnosed with Generalised Anxiety Disorder alongside some very complex medical conditions. She has been through the treatment process and so understands the highs and the lows of therapy.
In order to advance her skills in the field of Veterinary Behavioural Medicine, Dr Nichola has completed the University of Sydney’s Behavioural Medicine course in 2014 and will be completing a Masters in Clinical Animal Behaviour in 2018. She is member of the Australian Veterinary Association and the Australian Veterinary Behaviour Interest Group. She regularly attends continuing professional development to keep her knowledge up to date, and has regular meetings with other vets and trainers to discuss current science and literature.