Bridey has worked with animals since her early teens, originally in a zoo setting, then in 2005 she moved to Palmerston North taking up a position at Massey University, Wildbase to provide husbandry and nursing care of native New Zealand wildlife.
Since 2014 her role has been in the Wildbase Oil Response Team as a Technical Officer. She provides support for oiled wildlife response activities including assisting with the development of Oiled Wildlife Response training courses. Her rehabilitation and husbandry skills complement the existing expertise and knowledge in oiled wildlife response within Wildbase. She enjoys teaching undergraduate students in avian behaviour, training zoo animals, caged bird welfare, oil spill response and managing compassion fatigue. During her long career working with animals it has become apparent her that to do the best for animals we need to build resilience in the profession. To support this, we engaged with Massey University School of Social Work to collaborate in research of wellness in wildlife carers and to develop CPD for veterinary nurses in compassion fatigue.