Background: Work and Education
She is dedicated to assisting animal caregivers to manage and overcome their stress, grief, physical and mental exhaustion. She understands that while working with and caring for animals can be an extremely rewarding experience, there can also be costs associated with the role.
Her formal qualifications in psychology, combined with her work experience as a veterinary nurse and animal welfare researcher has helped her fine-tune her knowledge and skills in developing ways to support those who dedicate their lives to animals in need.
Vanessa has a Bachelor of Arts with honours in Psychology, a PhD with a specialisation in psychology (human-animal interactions) and has worked in the animal industry for over 15 years. Vanessa values the importance of ongoing professional development and has also achieved her training as a compassion fatigue specialist (therapist), mindfulness trainer and has certificates in animal bereavement and mental health first aid.