Veterinary Nurse Gretel (She/Her)

Certificate IV Veterinary Nursing, APVN (Exotics), DipVNZS

Gretel got her first pet, a rabbit, when she was three years old, and bunnies have been a big part of her life ever since. When she first began her pet ownership journey with bunnies, she realised getting the right health and welfare information was difficult. Many of the general practice vets she visited weren’t very confident with rabbit medicine, and this is what drove her to find every book, article, magazine and website she could to learn about rabbit healthcare. This self-learning eventually led Gretel to veterinary nursing. She began her career in 2016 at an exotics veterinary clinic in Sydney. She worked there until moving to Melbourne to join the UPV Peninsula team in mid-2020, where she quickly became the clinic’s #1 bunny snuggler.

Gretel has a passion for improving standards of care for rabbits. She has presented on the topic of Rabbit Bonding at the UPAV conference in Darwin 2022 and more recently presented Rabbit Behaviour at EVNT conference in Melbourne 2023 and calicivirus at UPAV in Sydney 2023.

Hobbies and Interests

Outside of work, Gretel enjoys gardening and is especially interested in planting and learning about rabbit safe plants. She is a fan of music and dabbles in bunny fur wool crafting, which includes felting and spinning.

Owned Pets

Gretel is the proud pet parent of two feline friends, Arlo and Scaredy and has some feathered friends too. She has a budgie called Budgie Boy, a Cockatiel called Muriel and three King Quail’s called Salvador, Maria and Louisa.