Hello! My name is Laura Vines and I feel very lucky to be chosen as the ambassador for the Dublin Rose.

I am from the most southerly town in South County Dublin, Shankill. I'm the eldest child, and only daughter, with three little brothers (although not so little anymore!).

I am a veterinary nurse and zookeeper working in a little oasis in Dublin City Centre called Dublin Zoo. I graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Veterinary Nursing and I'm continuing my education by starting a Diploma in Zoo Animal Management.  I am currently working with a herd of 11 elephants in the Zoo, but I can be working with anything from sea lions to gorillas on a daily basis!

I have a deep care for all living things and I hope I share my passion about conservation and how important these animals are with everyone. In my spare time you will find me hiking up the mountains with my three dogs in tow or chilling out with a spot of yoga or pilates.

I love to travel and explore the cultures the world has to offer, but most of all the different species of animals, and try to make their world a better and more sustainable place to live.