Vet hospital welcomes fresh faces
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.
Karratha Veterinary Hospital’s young veterinarians Tim Montgomery and Wil Powell.