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Denise Laurie - Vet Nurse

Denise Laurie

Vet Nurse

Hi I’m Denise. I graduated from Unitec with a Diploma in Veterinary Nursing in 2015. I’d previously worked in event management, human resources and as an executive assistant both here and in the UK, where I lived for 10 years. However a few years ago I started volunteering at the SPCA working on the ‘cat-flu ward’ and it ignited my nursing passion for animals. I completed a Certificate in Animal Care part time in the evenings in 2013 and gave up work the following year to study full time. I joined the VetCare team when we opened our Unitec clinic, at the end of my first year of study, and now I’m full time at Grey Lynn. I have a particular interest in anaesthetics and wound management.

I have been lucky enough to travel to Tonga as part of the Unitec team in association with SPAW (South Pacific Animal Welfare) where we performed 180 de-sexing surgeries in 5 ½ days – an awesome experience!


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I graduated from Unitec with a Diploma in Veterinary Nursing in 2015. I’d previously worked in event management, human resources and as an executive assistant both here and in the UK, where I lived for 10 years. However a few years ago I started volunteering at the SPCA working on the ‘cat-flu ward’ and it ignited my nursing passion for animals. I completed a Certificate in Animal Care part time in the evenings in 2013 and gave up work the following year to study full time. I joined the VetCare team when we opened our Unitec clinic, at the end of my first year of study. It’s been an amazing learning journey so far and one that hasn't ended!

I have been lucky enough to travel to Tonga as part of the Unitec team in association with SPAW (South Pacific Animal Welfare) where we performed 180 de-sexing surgeries in 5 ½ days – an awesome experience!

When I'm not working I'm usually found pottering around at home being followed by my three cats, visiting family in Matamata or planning my next overseas trip.

Pets:

I have three bundles of fur mischief. Maggie is my 13 year old adopted from the SPCA 4 years ago who is my little shadow (when she’s not asleep on her sunny spot on the windowsill!). She’s epileptic so needs medicating twice a day, but she’s learned a neat little routine where she sits on her food mat and then turns around and puts her head back to get her pills! Her main purpose in life is to keep my lap warm, which is obviously to our mutual benefit.


Cat

Millie is my 7 year old naughty tortie. She's a high energy bundle of fuzz that can be either found running like lunatic from room to room batting a ping-pong ball or fast sleep upside down beside me (she has no middle ground). Millie lives for cuddles and for being brushed!




Toki

Toki (short for Little Miss Tokoroa) is the baby of our fur family. She was found on the side of the road in Tokoroa, bought to Auckland by some kind ladies and handed into VetCare at only 4 weeks of age, very sick with cat flu and flea anaemia. She’s been by my side ever since and has grown into an adventurous bundle of mischief. She loves car rides (having come to work with me for the first 6 months of her life) so regularly travels to Matamata with me to visit family.

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