Hi I’m Denise. I can usually be found working at VetCare Unitec but also work at our Grey Lynn branch so I'm lucky to get to see lots of clients and work with all of our wonderful VetCare team.
I graduated from Unitec with a Diploma in Veterinary Nursing in 2015. I’d previously worked in event management, human resources and as an executive assistant both here and in the UK, where I lived for 10 years. However a few years ago I started volunteering at the SPCA working on the ‘cat-flu ward’ and it ignited my nursing passion for animals. I completed a Certificate in Animal Care part time in the evenings in 2013 and gave up work the following year to study full time. I joined the VetCare team when we opened our Unitec clinic, at the end of my first year of study. It’s been an amazing learning journey so far and one that hasn't ended!
I have been lucky enough to travel to Tonga as part of the Unitec team in association with SPAW (South Pacific Animal Welfare) where we performed 180 de-sexing surgeries in 5 ½ days – an awesome experience!
When I'm not working I'm usually found pottering around at home being followed by my two cats, visiting family in Matamata or planning my next trip to the States (I love driving the coastline and through the mountains of the Western US).
I have two bundles of fur mischief. Maggie is my 9 year old adopted from the SPCA 4 years ago who is my little shadow (when she’s not asleep on her sunny spot on the windowsill!). She’s epileptic so needs medicating twice a day, but she’s learned a neat little routine where she sits on her food mat and then turns around and puts her head back to get her pills! Her main purpose in life is to keep my lap warm, which is obviously to our mutual benefit.
Millie is my 4 year old naughty tortie. She's a high energy bundle of fuzz that can be either found running like lunatic from room to room batting a ping-pong ball or fast sleep upside down beside me (she has no middle ground). She's picked up Maggie's routine at dinner times, so she sits quietly while Maggie has her tablets. Anyone coming for dinner gets to see my 'circus cats' in action!