Vet hos­pi­tal wel­comes fresh faces

Pilbara News - - News - ■ Court­ney Fowler

Kar­ratha Vet­eri­nary Hos­pi­tal has wel­comed its next gen­er­a­tion of vet­eri­nar­i­ans, with two new full­time staff start­ing this year to work along­side renowned Red Dog vet Rick Fenny.

For grad­u­ate Tim Mont­gomery, start­ing his ca­reer in the Pil­bara might have been a “baptism of fire” but it has of­fered him a di­ver­sity of valu­able learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ences.

“Since I ar­rived al­most seven months ago, I have hit the ground run­ning and learnt on the go,” he said.

“Any­where you’re iso­lated, you can’t re­fer your emer­gency cases … you get to see a big slice of ev­ery­thing up here and be­come a bit of a one-stop shop.

“It has been awe­some hav­ing a huge di­ver­sity of things to do; it has re­ally ac­cel­er­ated the ed­u­ca­tion of my first vet­eri­nary ex­pe­ri­ence.”

Mixed prac­ti­tioner Wil Pow­ell joined Mr Mont­gomery at the Kar­ratha Vet Hos­pi­tal last week, af­ter four years work­ing in the South West with cows, sheep, horses and pets.

“My first week has been lots of fun; it’s a re­ally friendly town and has grown a lot since I was last here,” he said.

“At the mo­ment, I am here to back up the clinic with small an­i­mal work, but I also have re­ally good ex­pe­ri­ence with horses, which has been lack­ing up here in the past in the young vets.

In the fu­ture, I hope to look with Rick at de­vel­op­ing stronger re­la­tion­ships with the sta­tions, do­ing more race work and ser­vic­ing the lo­cal cam­p­drafts.”

Mr Mont­gomery said the pair of young vets were look­ing to make the Pil­bara home for the near fu­ture.

“There is an ex­cess of small an­i­mal vets in the city, but some­where like Pan­na­won­ica we’re the only vets, so you do feel like you’re pro­vid­ing a valu­able ser­vice to the com­mu­nity,” he said.

Pic­ture: Court­ney Fowler

Kar­ratha Vet­eri­nary Hos­pi­tal’s young vet­eri­nar­i­ans Tim Mont­gomery and Wil Pow­ell.

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