Hattie Lay - Student Nurse

Hattie joined the Natterjacks team in 2017 after studying at Sparsholt College. She enjoys all aspects of caring for your furry, feathered and scaly friends, particularly anaesthesia and nursing critically ill patients. She also loves wildlife rehabilitation and will take in small animals that need a temporary home for some TLC – usually mice.

Hattie lives with her two cats called Berry and Olive, who were hand-reared at Natterjacks in 2018 and are adorable bundles of mischief. When not at work, Hattie practices several circus skills and performs from time to time.

  1. The 3 things I would take on a desert island……
    My cats and my friends are all I need 🙂
  2. When I was younger I wanted to be……
    A vet, dancer, and when I was very small, a horse
  3. 3 famous people (dead or alive) I would invite to a dinner party……
    Stevie Nicks, Lindsey Stirling, James Acaster
  4. My guilty pleasure……
    Scrolling through tiktok
  5. What makes Natterjacks different……
    The team, they are like a second family to me
  6. My proudest ‘claim to fame’ or celebrity encounter…
    I have performed at several local theatres
  7. Two things I consider myself to be very bad at…..
    Singing and cooking
  8. Two things I consider myself to be very good at…
    My friend says that I give good advice, and I’m also pretty good at sewing
  9. One thing that not many people know about me….
    Cats tend to like me
  10. I was frightened for my life at work when…
    Once I nearly fell down the stairs holding a tray full of teas
  11. My most annoying habit .…
    I’m really camera shy
  12. The song I would perform in a Karaoke bar is…
    Beans beans beans
  13. If I was forced to live anywhere else than the beautiful south coast of Dorset I would live…
    Scottish highlands, Ireland, somewhere surrounded by trees
  14. If you were to look in my fridge right now you would find….
    Hummus…so much hummus!
  15. My favourite place to go for dinner is….
    I am blessed with friends who are excellent cooks, so anything made by them
  16. If I won the lottery my first purchase would be….
    I would set up a wildlife hospital
  17. One place I really want to visit before I die is…
    Costa Rica
  18. My favourite holiday past-time is ……..
  19. If I was a vegetable, I would be a ….
  20. My weirdest phobia is ….
    Accidentally eating mould
  21. If I could swap lives with anyone for a day it would be….
    Probably an owl. I would like to be able to fly for a while
  22. My favourite place to go for a walk…
    By the river or in the forest
  23. The strangest thing I’ve ever seen at work …
    Is probably too gross to be mentioned…however the cutest thing I have seen is two rescue kittens curled up asleep in the basket of clean mop heads
  24. I would hate to get stuck here ….
  25. One thing I really want to do before I die is….
    Hand rear orphaned wildlife abroad

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