Hayley Strain

Senior Nurse & PICU

BAppSc (Veterinary Technology)

For as long as she can remember Hayley has always been drawn towards animals so basing her career around them was a natural decision. Hayley entered the veterinary industry at the age of 12 as a hydro-bather and kennel attendant at her local general practice. She gained her nursing qualifications through the Animal Industries Resource Center while she was still in high school. She went on to study a Bachelor of Applied Science (majoring in Veterinary Technology) at the University of Queensland.

After 13 years in general practice, Hayley moved to the UQ Western Animal Emergency Center where she discovered her love for emergency and critical care. In 2011 Hayley joined the team at Animal Emergency Service and she has 'never looked back!

"I love the fast paced world of veterinary emergency. I predominantly work in Pet Intensive Care Unit (PICU, Underwood) and help very ill patients get back home to the families who love them. Though it can sometimes be difficult and heartbreaking, it is ultimately a very rewarding job. I feel so fortunate to be surrounded by such an amazingly dedicated team of fellow nurses and veterinarians at AES."

Continued education is something Hayley strongly believes in and aside from her nursing qualifications and vet tech degree, she attends regular seminars and participates in online CE. She hopes to commence the American accredited Veterinary Technician Specialisation in Emergency and Critical Care in the future.

Hayley loves to travel and being outdoors. Her menagerie consists of a bunch of rescue animals (Don't Shop - Adopt!), 'Jetta' her beautiful Rhodesian Ridgeback (from when she was 16), 'Chook' the naughty Border Collie x Cattle dog, 'Gordon' a Maine Coon x, 'Mr Kitty' the moggie, and 'Cricket' the cockatiel.

If your pet is admitted to AES Critical Care, you can guarantee that if Hayley is on shift, she'll comfort and care for your pet as though they are one of her own.