Vanessa worked as a veterinary nurse in mixed animal practice for over 22 years.
An aspect that particularly interested her was the mentoring and training of new staff. This led to her securing a teaching position at Merrist Wood College in Surrey.
During her 14 years at Merrist Wood, Vanessa gained extensive experience in teaching and quality assurance which ultimately resulted in her leading a highly successful Animal Management team to an "outstanding" Ofsted grade.
After relocating to Devon, she took up a role working for the NHS Blood and Transplant team.