Nikki McLeod AKA @felinefabulousvetnursing



Nikki qualified with an RCVS Certificate in Veterinary Nursing in 2000 and worked her way up to Head Nurse of a growing small animal practice in Dunfermline. Alongside all this hard work at vet nursing, she has a passion for photography, and in 2008 she started a full-time business specialising in weddings and portraits.

In 2014, she returned to the veterinary profession and describes herself as a ‘crazy student’, obtaining the following qualifications: The ISFM Certificate in Feline Nursing, The ISFN Advanced Certificate in Feline Behaviour, Low-Stress Handling Silver Certified and Fear Free Veterinary Certified to Level 3 – all of which develop her love for reducing fear, anxiety and stress in the veterinary practice.

She currently works at a small animal practice in Dunfermline, Fife as a part-time RVN, becoming the practice’s resident ‘Cat Advocate’ since February 2018 and helping them become a ‘Cat Friendly Clinic’ with Silver Status. She has also trained as a Phlebotomist for @petbloodbank, travelling around central Scotland, helping dogs save lives.

She is now studying to top up to BSc (Hons) degree level in Veterinary Nursing and an Advanced Diploma in Applied Animal Behaviour, and is due to begin studying for an NCert in Animal Behaviour!


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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