Background: Work and Education
She is dedicated to helping animal care professionals and organisations manage and overcome the stress, physical and mental exhaustion from animal care work. She understands that this work is not just a job, its a calling for many, and this job can come with costs. Compassion fatigue is the cost of caring for many.
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 her PhD with a specialisation in psychology and a Bachelor of Arts with honours in psychology. Vanessa is an experienced lecturer and public speaker. She has lectured and tutored for over 6 years and has presented her research at international and national conferences.