I live on the Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland and work as a Registered Veterinary Nurse at the practice which covers the Isles of Lewis and Harris.
I qualified in September this year and am very thankful to God for a job which I love and can be so passionate about! The Outer Hebrides have strong Christian roots and the Sabbath is still observed on Sundays as shops and businesses close – except from the on-call vet of course! Sundays are an opportunity to enjoy the beautiful scenery (when not raining!) and the unspoilt white sandy beaches.
The island is remote but also has close knit communities and it’s common to recognise people wherever you go because they brought their pet to the vets! The nursing course which I studied involved six week blocks in college near Dumfries which alternated with eight week blocks in veterinary practice over two years. The college on the Scottish borders is three hundred miles from home so I enjoyed resident life with other student nurses and we had many evening study groups together.
As the first nurse to train with the practice on Lewis I had many opportunities to assist with different operations and care for the inpatients. As the sole nurse, I am involved with all aspects of nursing but am most interested in theatre nursing and assisting with orthopaedic surgeries. The practice on Lewis cares for both large and small animals and I enjoy the variety and I will sometimes get out on a visit to assist blood testing cattle in the wild weather!
 The time constraints of veterinary work can be a challenge and I’ve realised the importance of putting my relationship with God first. I find it can be a challenge to meet other Christians in the veterinary world. I found VCF through a poster at college and I hope to come to one of the VCF gatherings.