Michelle had made up her mind as to what she was going to be at the age of 8 with no back up plan despite her secondary school’s advice that a career as a maths teacher would be a more achievable goal! Her love of animals was present from a very young age and much to her parents’ dismay this meant that she was the first to volunteer when it came to looking after the school pets during the school holidays.
This ranged from the slightly angry school rabbit to a cage full of locusts! After owning guinea pigs, rabbits, mice, gerbils, canaries, budgerigars, and rats she was eventually allowed to go and choose her first kitten. She came back home with two and from this point on, her love of cats grew.
She obtained a place at the Royal Veterinary College in London and started University to study veterinary medicine in 1990. Having graduated on the 20th of July 1995 she began working at Chestnut Vets. Despite initially wanting to concentrate on small animal medicine and surgery she took on the challenge of mixed practice. During the time that the practice looked after both large and small animals she experienced dealing with a wide range of animals that included camels, lions, pumas, and meerkats to name just a few – indeed it is the unpredictability of the work that Michelle enjoys the most!
Michelle became a partner of the practice in 2000 and as well as enjoying the clinical work, she moved into a role that involved teaching student veterinary nurses within the practice. The training of veterinary nurses has evolved immensely and the practice has committed itself to becoming a well established and well respected nurse training practice of which Michelle is very proud.
Michelle has remained a cat owner since having her first two cats and has had a range of characters over the years. Followers of Chestnut's Facebook page will have seen all of her boys feature at some point in time!