Caroline Murray has worked as a clinical veterinarian for 25 years, graduating from Liverpool University with a degree in Zoology and Veterinary Science, and locuming between the UK and New Zealand.  Soon after graduating, she visited Cameroon, where she witnessed how poverty and the lack of basic resources hinder people’s ability to pursue their livelihoods. 

 Caroline has completed a Masters in Australian wildlife care, conservation and international ‘One Health’ issues, via Murdoch University, Australia, and has travelled and volunteered for international charities in Africa, Asia, Australasia and South America, performing mixed animal, exotics and wildlife work at a grassroots level. 

Her ability to speak and write French is beneficial for working in areas such as West Africa, where English is often not spoken.  She has been a volunteer vet on the Iditarod Sled Dog Race in Alaska, the Mongol Derby horse endurance race in Mongolia, and the Ride the Wild Coast horse endurance ride in South Africa, and has training in large animal rescue techniques. She has also written travel articles for Adventure She magazine, is writing a book about her overseas vet and travel adventures, and is interested in being a TV presenter for wildlife/conservation/travel documentaries.

 In 2019, Caroline returned to NZ where she was a Regional Animal Welfare Coordinator in relation to drought and Covid-19.  She has recently started mobile mixed animal clinical work in the beautiful South Island, where she participates in her local search and rescue team and has just qualified as a human emergency first responder.  She is extremely interested in delivering aid and veterinary training to remote and rural communities and has a fascination with drones.

In late 2019 Caroine suffered a severe lower back injury and hormonal damage from pregabalin, a commonly prescribed pain killer, which was mismanaged by many Drs, resulting in unbearable nerve pain and requiring a hysterectomy and ovary removal, involving nearly 2 years off work, unable to function, exercise, socialise or work, and having to rebuild herself from the inside out to recover.  This initiated a journey of exploration into holistic health, trauma and pain management and the initial stages of setting up a health hub community called Jigsaw Tribes, to empower, educate and engage people to take control of their health naturally, based on the principles of kintsugi (Japanese – putting pieces back together and celebrating the broken bits) and Ubuntu (Zulu concept of humanity). 

Caroline is trained in Flow Consultancy, which analyses peoples strengths via their personality traits and facilitates building high performing teams and people achieving their maximum potential. She is also training in NLP (Neuro-linguistic Programming) which has been invaluable in her recovery and will soon be certified to teach so she can help more people.

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Exotics or NTCAs: What should you call the ‘weird’ pets?

You may have heard us mention these types of animals on Veterinary Ramblings before: they include hedgehogs, sugar gliders, and many other small furry friends – often called ‘exotic’.

But why do we call them exotic? Is this term really accurate? And what does it mean for owners of these animals?

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