Steph Elmer – Nursing Assistant

Steph joined us in July with the opening of the new surgery in Poole 2016.  Steph had previously worked in customer service for five years and for five years prior to that as a yard hand and instructor at a riding stables.  However after seeing work experience at a couple of veterinary practices, Steph realised that her passion was for animal care. Steph’s expertise in dealing with both people and animals as well as her cheery disposition has made her a popular addition to the team in Poole and in September 2017 she started her formal training to become a qualified veterinary nurse.

Steph enjoys keeping active and regularly participates in fundraising activities for charities.  This has included a month long trip to Kenya to assist with community and wildlife projects as well as a sponsored climb of Mount Kenya.  She has also run the Race For Life twice, walked the Sarsen trail and spent a summer volunteering at the Greatwood Horse sanctuary.

Steph also enjoys going to the theatre, painting, reading and is still a keen and accomplished horse rider.

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25 things you didn’t know about Steph!

1. The 3 things I would take on a desert island……

Sun cream, snorkel, desert island survival book 101

2.  When I was younger I wanted to be……
An Artist, a Vet and a 3-day Eventer

3.  3 famous people (dead or alive) I would invite to a dinner party……

Hugh Jackman, Emma Watson, J. R. R Tolkien

4.   My guilty pleasure……

Gluten free Cake

5.   What makes Natterjacks different……

Close knit team!

6.   My proudest ‘claim to fame’ or celebrity encounter…

Hmm I was offered a job as a groom for the International Eventer Louisa Lockwood but unfortunately I had to turn down at the time

7.   Two things I consider myself to be very bad at….. Resisting chocolate and wanting to find out spoilers to my favourite shows!

8.  Two things I consider myself to be very good at…

Organisation and relaxing in my PJs

9.  One thing that not many people know about me….

I was a rookie lifeguard at age 8

10.  I was frightened for my life at work when…

When I fell off a horse at my first job and tore my spleen

11.   My most annoying habit .…

Cracking my fingers and knuckles

12.   The song I would perform in a Karaoke bar is…

“Bat out of hell” by Meatloaf or “I feel like a woman” especially fun with friends

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

New Zealand

14.   I you were to look in my fridge right now you would find….

So much food as we cook a lot

15.   My favourite place to go for dinner is….

Anywhere so long as they can do gluten free food

16.  If I won the lottery my first purchase would be….

Dinner and hotel in an expensive part of London

17.   One place I really want to visit before I die is…


18.   My favourite holiday past-time is ……..

Chilling by the pool or beach with a good book

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

A Carrot. I don’t know why but it’s the first one I thought of

20.   My weirdest phobia is ….

Birds/ insects flying at my head. Especially wasps!

21.   If I could swap lives with anyone for a day it would be….

An Owl. To see what its like to fly

22.   My favourite place to go for a walk…

Forests where my family live or the beach

23.   The strangest thing I’ve ever seen at work ……

24.   I would hate to get stuck here ….

Somewhere I couldn’t get help, like in the middle of nowhere

25.   One thing I really want to do before I die is….

Live and work abroad for 6 months to a year (or more!)

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