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My study and love of physiology began when I became a member of the veterinary profession, manning the reception in a practice in Chesterfield, Derbyshire. I discover such a joy in learning about structure, form and function, as well as what can go wrong during disease processes, that I progressed from receptionist to studying as a vet nurse, and then to qualifying as a veterinary surgeon from the Dick Vet School in Edinburgh in 2002. Human and Veterinary anatomy and physiology share many interesting similarities and differences, and whilst at Edinburgh University, I was granted the funding to help study the physiology of neurons and how they adapt to Parkinson’s disease in people.
I have been writing professionally for some years, my portfolio including technical manuals in the study of anatomy and physiology and general nursing care for the UK Equine Veterinary Nursing syllabus, as well as regular magazine and newsletter articles that are published nationally and online. My Animal First Aid course, provided by the New Curiosity Shop of online learning has been running for some time now and has become a popular source of information for pet owners and those with a career in looking after other people’s animals. I live in Sussex, treating animals based at my own practice, which is an RCVS registered specialist practice in Veterinary Acupuncture, and share my sofa with a rescue lurcher called ‘Ollie’, who regularly features in much of my writing these days.