A little introduction

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I’m sure that all of you reading this know me personally and fairly well but just in case other people, friends of friends or well anyone else really fancies a little read I thought that I had better introduce myself.

So as detailed in the blog title my name is Caitlyn. I am a registered veterinary nurse working in small animal practice in the UK. I started volunteering in practice and a local charity run cattery 12 years ago at the ripe age of 14 and have gradually worked my way up from volunteering during my school work experience week – to becoming a weekly volunteer – to a student veterinary nurse – to a registered veterinary nurse – to a mentor and clinical coach helping to train students and bring on newly qualified nurses. I love my job, it has always been my dream to work with animals and ever since I can remember that involved working in a veterinary practice.

My love for animals also extends into my life outside of work and I am affectionately known by many friends and colleagues as the crazy rabbit lady due to my love of my pet bunnies (kindly looked after by my mum!). And have been known to enjoy spending my spare time horse riding and studying for a degree in canine behaviour.

However, I am now taking a little time out to work with some bigger animals. I am leaving small animal practice for a short while; trading cats, dogs and bunnies for big cats, elephants and native wildlife in a variety of countries around the world.

I have planned (what I hope to be) the trip of a lifetime, visiting South Africa, Thailand, Singapore, Australia, USA and Iceland over a period of 5 months. During this time I will be spending 14 weeks volunteering on 4 projects to help look after some wonderful animals and between these placements will be enjoying some well deserved down time and the chance to explore and experience new places and cultures.

I will be recording my experiences for people to follow using this blog and with photos (I don’t really go anywhere without being armed with my camera), please feel free to follow and keep up with my journey! See you all on the other side!

(The above photo is of a beautiful African Lion named Manzi, he lives at a big cat centre in the South of England. In this photo he is getting some medicine in a piece of meat, hence why I am feeding him by hand.)
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