Gabriel, Grills & Associates

The caring compassionate Veterinary practice serving the South Hams

Rachel Grose

My name is Rachel and I joined the team at Gabriel, Grills and Associates in
September 2010. I moved here from another local practice with the hope of
expanding my experience and understanding of veterinary nursing. I worked
and trained at my previous practice for over three years whilst attending
the NVQ Student Veterinary Nursing course at Duchy College in Cornwall. In
April 2010 after lots of hard work and determination I qualified. I was very
proud of myself knowing that I had officially entered into a profession that
I love.

Before training to become a Veterinary Nurse I completed a degree in Animal
Behaviour & Wildlife Biology at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge. This
was a four year course which I was attracted to due to its varied and
interesting subject material and the opportunity to gain practical
experience in animal behaviour. As part of the course I was offered the
chance to visit South Africa on a Tropical Ecology field trip. Straight away
I fell in love with the Country, it's culture and the incredible wildlife.
It had such an impact on me that all I could dream about was going back.
This I achieved in 2008 as a veterinary nurse in the most spectacular way. I
voluntarily participated in a Veterinary Adventures course that was based in
Port Elizabeth, South Africa. This incredible opportunity encouraged hands
on experience with a diversity of species including lion, cheetah, rhino, a
variety of antelope and more. Daily activities included emergency first aid,
chemical immobilisation (darting) and patient monitoring (just like you see
on TV), as well as post mortem examinations. This fast paced, highly
energetic experience assisted me to develop many skills for working with
extraordinary animals in an unpredictable environment outside of the
veterinary practice. During my time there I was also privileged to visit
Isipho Aids Orphanage where the children were delighted to receive our
gifts. It was a very sad but eye opening experience and I was extremely
overwhelmed by how happy and friendly the children were even though they had
so little. On my return to England I decided to raise money for the
Orphanage by selling African wildlife calendars containing the photographs I
took on the trip. In total I managed to raise £300 in calendars and
donations alone.

As well as my love for Africa I have many hobbies including walking my three
year old border collie Luka, be it in the countryside or at the beach. I
also enjoy windsurfing, kick boxing and photography which I try to do as
often as I can.

I hope to use my life experiences to help better my future in Veterinary
Nursing and to aid me in the care of your pets whether they be cats, dogs,
exotic species or even wildlife.



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