WHEN WORK IS A PET PRO­JECT

THE BUSY LIFE OF A VET­ERI­NAR­IAN

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - TRADES+SERVICES - Laura Tri­este MT DRUITT-ST MARYS STAN­DARD, Wed­nes­day, June 24, 2015

SHE has had ex­pe­ri­ence han­dling ev­ery­thing from crocodiles to snakes, but the most dif­fi­cult an­i­mal that Dr Anne Fawcett can face is much more com­mon.

“Crocodiles are heaps eas­ier to treat than an an­gry cat be­cause they are more pre­dictable,” she said.

As a vet­eri­nar­ian for Syd­ney An­i­mal Hos­pi­tals In­ner West, each day can in­clude any­thing and ev­ery­thing from clip­ping nails, ex­press­ing anal glands or per­form­ing emer­gency surg­eries.

In the past decade Dr Fawcett has worked across many clin­ics and for the RSPCA and also teaches at the Univer­sity of Syd­ney.

It was there that she spent years com­plet­ing her own Bach­e­lor and Mas­ters de­grees, in­clud­ing a fi­nal un­der­grad­u­ate year of clin­i­cal place­ment.

“You go to 10 dif­fer­ent places and you get to see large an­i­mal prac­tices, small an­i­mal prac­tice and ru­ral prac­tices,” Dr Fawcett said.

She said time and ex­pe­ri­ence help you get through the tough things like surgery.

“When I did my first anat- omy course I was quite grossed out, but when you are the per­son who is tak­ing charge of the an­i­mal you rise to the oc­ca­sion,” she said.

“That bond you have with a non-hu­man is re­ally spe­cial but the most im­por­tant thing is be­ing good at com­mu­ni­cat­ing with peo­ple.”

She cred­its a good team of vets and nurses with help­ing her deal with harder sit­u­a­tions like giv­ing bad news.

“Vets are not above cry­ing. You can be­come very at­tached to a pa­tient,” she said.

“(But) one of the best things is get­ting photos of their pets run­ning around af­ter they have been through trauma.”

Dr Fawcett said as­pir­ing vets have many dif­fer­ent ar­eas they can work in.

“There are less job op­por­tu­ni­ties in the city but many in ru­ral prac­tice,” she said.

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