I grew up in various small country towns in the Central Wheatbelt and have always been surrounded by animals. I made the decision that I wanted to be a vet very young and then spent the whole of my childhood looking for sick animals to fix or healthy ones to befriend.
The Formative Years
Growing up in the country was ideal for an animal lover. I rode horses with our neighbours, built a giant obstacle course for my dog (Duke), bottle fed kangaroos and orphan lambs and shared apples with my pet bobtails.
After 5 years of boarding school in Perth, I was offered a scholarship to Curtin University. So I put my plans of being a vet on hold for three years and studied marketing and journalism. I thoroughly enjoyed university life!! From there I went on to complete my veterinary degree at Murdoch University. For the last 2 years of my degree I lived at an emergency horse hospital with two other students and was involved in all the after-hours horse work.
I also volunteered in Fiji for a short period of time at the only clinic on the island doing routine surgeries and health consults. It was a great way to experience different diseases not seen in W.A. Here in the developed world we really take for granted how simple things like parasite control, nutrition and vaccination make a difference to animals lives. The most memorable case was Tock. He was a young street dog that was completely covered in ticks, making him anaemic and weak. Myself and the four other vets that were volunteering spent hours picking thousands of ticks of Tock. Happily he survived and was adopted out the following week!
Life as a Real Vet
After graduating from Murdoch I spent some time in a rural practice in the Great Southern. I treated both large and small animals as well as acquired numerous animals of my own. Turns out I’m not immune to the pleading eyes of orphan strays and I adopted two lambs called Woolly Allen and Baarbara. They did not make the move to Vasse with me as they preferred to live out their life on a farm getting fat on chicken scraps!
I now own a cat called Fergus that was found in the engine of a car and a kelpie called Sampson that was dumpster diving behind the pub. My time as a rural vet was full of challenges (mostly good ones) and was the start of my passion for emergency medicine and critical care.
The decision to move to Vasse Vets was easy. What’s not to love about a great clinic, amazing staff and living in an area with the best food and wine around?
I’m delighted to be part of the Vasse Vets friendly team and hopefully I’ll get to meet you and your animals very soon!