Riddle me this… Alice Clark
Riddle gets up close and personal with registered veterinary nurse and founder of canine medical kit company MEDIK9
If you knew then what you know now… would you still do it?
Absolutely! I’ve learnt a lot from every single choice I’ve made, whether that’s in my personal life or in a professional capacity. I certainly wouldn’t be who I am today without making them.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?
“No one is in charge of your happiness, except you.”
What’s the weirdest rumour you’ve ever heard about yourself?
That, when I was younger I pretended to be a dog regularly – attaching a lead to myself and drinking water out of a bowl on the floor. Oh wait, that actually happened. I told my parents I would stop being a dog when they bought me one. It worked.
What was your biggest break?
My lovely parents giving me the financial help to set up my business in the first place and the ongoing support my family offers me daily.
Do you consider yourself lucky?
Yes, very. I have very supportive people around me, a wonderful boyfriend and a career I enjoy.
However I do consider myself particular unlucky when it comes to having to work night shifts in a veterinary practice. Nothing says unlucky quite like slipping in unmentionable bodily fluids at 4am. I can’t help but mentally curse anyone who wishes me a ‘quiet’ shift!
What’s most important in your life?
There would be something seriously wrong here if I didn’t say my dogs! I do consider myself a bit of a homebody and like to stay close to my family.
Besides this, working within veterinary practice throws up daily ethical dilemmas and although it can sometimes prove difficult, I try to stand up for what I believe in, even if my opinion may not be popular with everyone.
What other brands do you admire?
I love proper British country brands as well as any businesses that started out small and have grown into something much bigger, keeping those family values throughout.
Do you have a guilty pleasure – if so what is it?
I’m guilty of having a bit of a soft spot for modern country music – cowboys that sing, what’s not to love? Admittedly I only play it in the privacy of my own car!
Describe your personal sense of style.
A bit of a mix, although I’d say it errs on the practical side. I have no choice with my fetching bottle green uniform that Registered Veterinary Nurses wear. When I’m not at work I can usually be found in my outdoorsy wear – dog-walking gear, wetsuits for when I’m out surfing and paddle boarding or a (not so) glam boiler suit when logging and quad biking.