Freya Heard

​Cert IV Vet Nursing, RVN, Cert IV Communication, MROCP

Veterinary Nurse

Freya grew up in a family that had a love for animals and there were always a range of pets including rabbits, guinea pigs, birds, cats and dogs. She was taught from a young age to be a responsible pet owner as well as care for a treat every living creature kindly and respectfully.

At the age of 11, Freya worked in a pet store cleaning bird cages, weighing food and cleaning the puppy, kitten and rabbit enclosures. She also helped the vet who would visit to vaccinate the puppies and kittens. From that point, she was convinced she was going to work with animals and help make a difference.

Freya graduated with her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing and became a Registered Veterinary Nurse in 2005. She has worked in general practice, as a surgical specialist referral theatre nurse, an industry dermatology representative, and now she has found her niche in emergency nursing at Perth Vet Emergency.

Freya has a passion for teaching as well as nursing. She loves teaching in all areas and has a special passion for surgery. “I love the body anatomy and how it works. With surgery you get insight of what goes where, what’s inside, and how the body works.” Anaesthesia has also been of interest to Freya. Further to this, she has a passion for customer service and communication. While completing her nursing certificate Freya also completed a communication certificate and put these skills to work in building client relationships and offering them support at a time when they need it.

When she isn’t busy saving pet’s lives, Freya volunteers at the Fremantle Sea Rescue in the radio communications tower and as a crew on the rescue boats. “Not only do we get called out for boat rescues, there are the odd occasions we help with the marine environment and sea creatures needing assistance. I’ve completed MROCP and am a qualified Marine Radio Operator.”

In what little spare time she may have, Freya enjoys being outdoors spending time on the Swan River or over at Rottnest Island. She also thoroughly enjoys the time she dedicates to Fremantle Sea Rescue.

Her pets include three cats, all rescues as tiny kittens who needed to be bottle fed every two hours. They are Bruce, Barry and Ernie. At 8 weeks, Bruce had major intestinal surgery. Ernie has had ligament reconstruction to his right stifle and so far, Barry is in the clear.”All my boys are indoor cats. They love visitors and no matter who you are they will want a cuddle and a belly rub. I have learnt that I am no longer their master. They are my masters and I abide by their strict routine of feed time, endless cat toys, and drinking water fountains all through the house. I wouldn’t have it any other way!”