We have recently welcomed Nicole Bridges to our team of vets here at Charter, so it was time to find out a bit more about her!
Nicole graduated from the Royal Veterinary College, London, and shortly after began her career at a practice in Cambridgeshire. After a spell of backpacking around the globe, she has decided to move from Hertfordshire to make North Devon her home.
Q: Do you have any pets of your own? Tell us about them!
A: Sadly not at the moment – but I am looking to rehome or rescue a working Cocker/Springer spaniel to accompany me on my Dartmoor and Exmoor adventures!
Q: Do you have a particular area of special interest at work?
A: I am particularly passionate about ophthalmology and neurology, and really enjoy working up complex medical cases using a logical problem-solving approach.
Q: What’s the most rewarding aspect of your job?
A: The human-animal bond really is an incredible thing! Fixing a patient or improving their quality of life; being in a position to reassure and comfort their family through good and bad times; seeing inpatients being reunited with their families at discharge; realising the difference you have made to both the patient and their family’s lives. All of these are such wonderful feelings which make the long hours completely worthwhile!
Q: What made you want to become a vet?
A: I rescued a poorly hedgehog in our garden aged 3 and instantly knew I wanted to be an ‘aminal’ doctor – before I could even correctly pronounce ‘animal’!
Q: What’s your favourite thing to do or place to go when you’re not working?
A: Outside of work I can usually be found on the football pitch, falling flat on my face attempting to surf, hiking in the great outdoors, backpacking around the globe or socialising with friends.
Nicole is based at our Mullacott hospital and looks forward to saying hello to our clients and their beautiful pets, if she hasn’t already done so!