She was born in 1991 in Kranj. Živa has felt love for animals from an early age. After finishing primary school, she enrolled at the Secondary Veterinary School in Ljubljana, and in June 2010 successfully completed the programme. In February 2012, she began assisting Klinika Loka on a regular basis. In December of the same year she was regularly employed there. At the clinic, she performs the duties of a veterinary technician, and cares for the animals at the hotel. She is a member of the Association of Veterinary Technicians of Slovenia (VTS) and undergoes training on a regular basis at seminars for veterinary technicians at the Slovenian Association of Veterinarians for Small Animals. In her free time, she cares for her animals and enjoys taking photos and hiking in the mountains.