Naomi has been a vet nurse for seven years and is one of 30 vet nurses at our animal hospital in Birmingham. The hospital also has 10 vets and two operating theatres.
An average day
During an average day Naomi's hospital will neuter 11 cats, dogs and rabbits. Hospital staff will perform six major operations as well as dealing with strays and emergency cases.
The hospital admits many animals that are the victims of house fires. Naomi recalls one poor cat who had all her paws burnt off:
We really didn't think she would make it, but over a few weeks her wounds heeled. She made a full recovery, except that she can no longer retract her claws which means she sometimes gets her claws stuck in the carpet!
Sadly, the hospital has a lot of fighting dogs coming through their doors. These dogs have not only been placed in illegal staged dog fights but have often been mistreated by their owners.
"It's upsetting that the owners treat them like that. But that's why I'm here, to help animals" says Naomi.
Working with people
Much of Naomi's work involves working with people. Not everyone who comes through the hospital doors is as grateful as you might think, as Naomi explains:
Sometimes I wish more people would appreciate what we do. We work hard here, but it can be taken for granted.
Of course there are also many people who couldn't be more grateful for what we've done to help their animals - they make it all worthwhile.
Fostering and rehoming
In 2009 Naomi received the RSPCA's Queen Victoria Bronze Medal, recognising the 180 plus cats and kittens she has fostered and rehomed. "I do a lot of fostering and rehoming outside work" says Naomi, she continues:
It's important to me, giving animals a new home and family. During high kitten season I've had up to 12 cats and kittens at home. I'm known locally as 'the cat lady'.
If, like Naomi, you love animals and are interested in providing a loving new home to an animal who desperately needs one why not check out our rehoming pages.