Animal welfare

Kiwi veterinary nurse internationally recognized for her work in animal welfare

Miranda Luck credits her upbringing at Woodbury with sparking her love of animals.


Miranda Luck credits her upbringing at Woodbury with sparking her love of animals.

A former South Canterbury resident has been recognized for her work improving animal welfare overseas with an international award from the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons.

Originally from Woodbury, qualified veterinary nurse Miranda Luck has worked in Costa Rica, Latvia, Poland, South Korea, Japan and Greece for training and practical veterinary work.

UK-based Luck links her passion for animals to her Woodbury roots, growing up on the farm

Luck also has her own practice, Miranda Luck & Associates, which consults with organizations on protocols and policies to improve animal welfare, shelter medicine, care and handling.

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The international award, which Luck will receive at a ceremony in London in July, was nominated by Kay Gibbins.

Gibbins works as the managing director of MDC Exports, a manufacturer of animal handling equipment, and met Luck at an animal welfare conference 10 years ago.

“Veterinary clinics, animal rescue and repatriation, animal pounds, and stray and wild populations have benefited from Miranda’s hands-on assistance, training, and mentorship,” Gibbins said.

“She continues to be one of those people who doesn’t stop and constantly improves, promotes or emphasizes the importance of animal welfare.”