I grew up in …

Newcastle, NSW.

The first thing I do when I wake up is …

Check my phone. After 10 years on call, it’s an old habit I can’t kick. Plus, I like to check in on all the latest animal and human news.

If I could be better at anything it would be …

Surfing. Improvement is always slow in that department. I’ve always blamed being nearly 2m tall for my surf skills, but now some of the pros are getting that size unfortunately.

I am at my happiest when …

I’m in the vet clinic. Even without the cameras, it’s just nice to chat with pet owners and hear what’s important to them. Being that trusted person in their pet’s life is a role I’ve always taken seriously.

When I am not working I am …

Usually thinking about photography. It’s my secret obsession that takes my mind off work. My reward for working hard all year is usually a trip somewhere in the world to live out a photo dream of mine.

I wish I could …

Find the 25th hour in the day. It would be handy so I’ll keep on searching.

My biggest fashion blunder was …

I recently climbed Mt Gower on Lord Howe Island for an episode of The Living Room. Unfortunately in the first 10 minutes I split my pants climbing up a rock. Over the next seven hours the split got even bigger to the point where I was basically climbing in my undies.

When I was growing up I wanted to be …

A pilot. I’ve always loved animals, but because Dad is also a vet, I was determined to find my own career and I decided flying was going to be it!

I couldn’t live without …

The beach. Put me near the water and I’m relaxed. I need to get in for a swim, surf or paddle every day to feel normal.

My most annoying habit is …

Saying yes to everything. It makes my calendar a little too full sometimes.

My hidden talent is …

I can hypnotise animals.