Hattie Lay – Animal Care Assistant

Hattie has always lived locally in Bournemouth, and went to Glenmoor school and Twynham 6th form. She currently attends Sparsholt college and is studying an extended diploma in animal management. Once she has completed this, she hopes to become a veterinary nurse and work at Natterjacks full time.

Hattie spends most of her free time doing assignments, but when she finishes at college she hopes to take up ballet classes again. She also likes to go herping (looking for amphibians and reptiles in the wild). She has a rescue cat called Nevvie, who she likes to refer to as her son.


Getting to know Hattie….!

1.   The 3 things I would take on a desert island:
My cat Nevvie, my sister, and a massive first aid kit

2.    When I was younger I wanted to be:
A vet and a ballerina

3.    3 famous people (dead or alive) I would invite to a dinner party:
Sarah Paulson, Jodie Whittaker, and Sue Perkins

4.    My guilty pleasure:
Singing in the shower

5.    What makes Natterjacks different:
Everyone gets along really well, works together as a team and makes you feel like you belong

6.    My proudest ‘claim to fame’ or celebrity encounter:
I’ve been in the same room as Sue Perkins but I couldn’t pluck up the courage to go and say hello 😅

7.    Two things I consider myself to be very bad at:
Having self-confidence and drawing

8.    Two things I consider myself to be very good at:
Catching things and dad dancing

9.    One thing that not many people know about me:
I can dance en pointe

10.   I was frightened for my life at work when:
Once I shut myself into the walk-in kennel by accident when I was cleaning it – it’s quite hard to open from the inside!

11.   My most annoying habit:
Complaining about every photo taken of me because I think they look horrible

12.   The song I would perform in a Karaoke bar is:
Super Trouper by ABBA

13.   If I was forced to live anywhere else than the beautiful south coast of Dorset I would live:

14.   If you were to look in my fridge right now you would find:
Almond milk and cat food

15.   My favourite place to go for dinner is:
My auntie and uncle’s house

16.   If I won the lottery my first purchase would be:
A field to keep ex dairy cows in

17.   One place I really want to visit before I die is:
Costa Rica

18.   My favourite holiday past-time is:
Exploring the area

19.   If I was a vegetable, I would be a:

20.   My weirdest phobia is:
Rotten vegetables

21.   If I could swap lives with anyone for a day it would be:
Steve Backshall

22.   My favourite place to go for a walk:
Along the river stour

23.   The strangest thing I’ve ever seen at work:
A Great Dane with a phobia of our floor!

24.    I would hate to get stuck here:
Indoors 24/7

25.   One thing I really want to do before I die is:
I would love to work on rescue and rehabilitation programmes for wild animals, either in the UK or abroad (or both!)

Hattie as you never knew her 😉



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