This is my first blog, the first of many focusing on my love of animals and my dedication to appreciating, enriching and healing them. The aim of this blog is to introduce myself and hopefully entice you into following my journey as I become the master of my own destiny and turn my dreams into a reality.
I have been in awe of animals since I was a little girl and my fascination with all creatures of all shapes and sizes, has continued to grow ever since. From spending time with the family pets, to seeing wildlife in the countryside, I relished the calmness animals brought to me and realised a pure and profound connection with them.
As soon as I had the opportunity to start planning my route in life, I dedicated myself to studying animals. In 2004 I was awarded a triple distinction for a National Diploma in Animal Management. I then embarked on a degree and in 2007 I became a graduate in Animal Management (BSc Hons). In the final year of my degree a dissertation was required for the honours to be awarded. This called for extensive independent research and gave me the freedom to have more control over my learning.
This is where I really started to come into my own and the timing was perfect because I had been bitten by the holistic bug! Not to detract from the practices I was now confident in, I threw myself into a world of natural remedies . I began exploring how nature can complement convention by researching essential oil therapy and specifically the effect that lavender has on canine behaviour.
My early career was focused on the animal husbandry and veterinary medicine part of my knowledge. After university, I continued with my job in Pet Retail, got promoted and was constantly asked by regular customers when I would be setting up on my own. I knew all the dogs names who frequented the shop and built up a great rapport with customers. I am still in touch with some of these people and continue to feel honoured that so many people want me to work with their animals.
When I was offered a job as a Veterinary Claims Assessor, I took it and although I learnt some valuable skills, I soon missed the daily interaction with animals and decided it would just be a stop gap whilst looking for a more suitable role.
This stop gap turned into a rut, lasting more than 6 years! For many reasons, including personal tragedy, I was unable to move on from the job, became increasingly frustrated and dreamt of getting back onto the path I had deviated from. To get myself out of the rut, I took the brave decision to accept a job not related to animals in order to earn enough to pay for further studies. I wanted to work with companion animals again and be my own boss, but this meant sacrifices and risk taking.
So, this is how I ended up here! I am working full time in a job that is not personally satisfying, sternly reminding myself that it will all be worth it in the long run because it finances my studies and brings in enough to pay the bills too! I am studying pet psychology and Holistic Animal Healing with the ultimate goal of successfully running my own business as a fully qualified practitioner.
This is a role that will benefit me, the animals I meet along the way and their human companions! It will enable me to help individuals by achieving my ultimate aspiration – the enhancement of the human / animal relationship! I want to do this because not only will it bring balance to an animals life, but it will allow me to channel the immense appreciation and gratitude I have for what animals have done for me. In the darkest moments of my life, animals have been a constant support, comfort and sometimes my sanity! Helping and giving back to the animal community will give me an enormous amount of pride.
I am full of hope and enthusiasm as I embark on this chapter, coupled with anxiety about getting it right, doing it justice and finally integrating myself into the animal industry as I always planned. I will make this happen and I will never take it for granted. This blog space will let you walk my journey with me and teach you about how to help the animals in your life. Wish me luck!