Rebecca (Bec) Nichols

Practice Manager & Veterinary Nurse

About me

I asked my Dad once, “how did I become so obsessed with animals?” He told me it was because of my Nanna – she has forever loved animals no matter how big or small and has spread that passion on through the generations. I am very grateful for that because I find that my most joyful and happiest times happen when I am around animals.

My career in the veterinary industry began in 2010. It has been a journey through which I have found another passion in educating and caring for people.

I am a bit of a social butterfly and love to talk! The great thing about my job, is that the people I meet have pets and there is nothing I love more than talking about, and getting to know about your pets! I chose a career in this industry because I wanted to make a difference in the lives of animals and the families who love them.

My Passion, Purpose and Motivation

I believe every creature deserves the right to feel safe, loved and be given the highest level of medical care. I use my experiences in the veterinary industry to motivate, enable and empower others to help me achieve this for my patients, be that pets or wildlife.

I am extremely passionate about wildlife, having been a wildlife carer and volunteer for many years. I have had the pleasure of working with an abundance of amazing creatures including possums, kangaroos, wombats, birds and reptiles. Some of my volunteer experiences have been through work in shelters, cleaning and raising orphan native possums. and working with local pet rescue groups, having raised many neonatal kittens.

I have also been fortunate to be involved in an array of education programs, teaching the public about Australia’s magnificent reptiles, amphibians and the unique wildlife we are so lucky to share our homes with here in Australia. I love to educate people about animals and the things that make them so unique and wonderful.

My Qualifications and experience

I knew I wanted to work with animals and I was willing to work hard to achieve this. When it came time to look for a job, I only applied at shelters, vets and pet shops – places where I thought I could make a difference in the care and treatment of animals.

I was extremely lucky to have been offered a job in the veterinary industry in 2010 as a junior veterinary nurse. I wanted to learn as much as I could to help animals and looked at further study which included a Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing along with a Bachelor of Science which I completed at Monash University. My education included studies in the veterinary world as well as animal behaviour, environments, biology and conservation.

I have worked as a general practice veterinary nurse, a client services representative and casual nurse at the Melbourne Veterinary Specialist Centre and a veterinary triage receptionist and wildlife nurse at the Animal Emergency Centre. My experiences in these roles have helped me to understand the many different aspects of veterinary medicine, surgery and emergency and allow me to make more informed decisions about my patient’s care.

I began a leadership role as Practice Manager at Lynbrook Vet where I support not only my patients, but my amazing team. I continue to do the same here at Berwick Clyde Vet as my role works across both practices.

I also run our social media and thoroughly enjoy seeing my patients online, living their best lives! If you have Instagram or Facebook, follow us!

My family and hobbies

When I say ‘animals are my life’, I don’t just talk the talk – I walk the walk! I live and breathe animals, spending my weekends out and about with the dogs, my weeknights snuggled on the couch with the cats and my mornings being screamed at by my birds!

My pet family consists of Charlie and Willow; two cheeky conure parrots, Annabelle and Isabella my beautiful cats, Kenzie and Lilah my fluffy miniature poodles and my old girl, Fifi the labradoodle.

I am also super arty. I love drawing, painting, making jewellery, pottery and digital designs and illustrations. I love photography (with animals as my subject models!) and keeping my pet’s Instagram profiles up to date with new reels and pictures (If you’ve read this far, I did tell you I was obsessed with animals from the start and I meant it!).

I love being outdoors in the sunshine, walking through forests and nature. I also love food, cooking and lazy days on the couch binge watching series on Netflix.

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