After growing up in Ireland and then on a farm in Eswatini, Vanessa graduated from the University of Glasgow 20 years ago. After 2 years in practice, she completed a Masters in Tropical Veterinary Medicine at the University of Edinburgh. Vanessa has practiced as a vet in both in the UK and South Africa. Initially she worked in mixed practice and then for the last ten years has owned and run her own small animal clinic. During her lengthy career Vanessa has learnt to appreciate the depth and importance of the bond between her clients and their pets. She endeavours to always take the time to understand her clients concerns and worries before attempting to give caring, sensible advice, or appropriate treatment. Vanessa is currently working toward a Masters in One Health at the University of Glasgow. She has a special interest in emerging zoonotic diseases and antimicrobial resistance which are both topics covered in this course. When not studying she enjoys spending time with her two young children and husband, camping, trail running and hiking. Vanessa joined FirstVet in December 2021.