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Narelle Braunack

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Qualifications: Cert IV vet nurse, RVN, BSc (Ecology & Conservation)

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Specialisation: Animal Behaviour

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Biography:

Narelle graduated with a Bachelor of Science majoring in Ecology and Conservation Biology in 2012 but followed her passion for animals and animal training by completing a Certificate II in Animal Studies at the RSPCA and a Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing (RVN).

After working at local animal shelters, attending DELTA conferences and further personal CE, Narelle began her UQ journey in 2014 as an animal attendant at the Clinical Studies Centre. This work involved training and caring for animals, and teaching animal behaviour and safe handling techniques to Veterinary Technology and Veterinary Science students. Narelle transitioned to the Small Animal Hospital in 2017, accepting the first ever Veterinary Nurse Internship at the University of Queensland; soon after she was recruited as an Emergency and Critical Care nurse.

Narelle has created a specific cat friendly consult room in her clinic and is working towards making her workplace an internationally accredited Gold Standard Cat Friendly Clinic with ISFM. She has also been involved with the development and teaching of the first specific 'animal behaviour' rotation for the final year veterinary technician students at UQ. Being strongly focused on positive re-enforcement training techniques and animal behaviour, she strives to maintain a low-stress clinic for all patients. Narelle is currently undertaking research and post-graduate study in the field of animal behaviour.

Outside of work you will find her under the sea, appreciating local marine life and being an 'adequate' servant to the four-legged creatures in her house.

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