All crea­tures great or small

War­wick Town and Coun­try Vets

Warwick Daily News - - NEWS - JONNO COLFS

Kathy Mauch

I’VE been work­ing at War­wick Town and Coun­try Vets for 10 years.

I stud­ied a Cert IV in vet­eri­nary nurs­ing through the Bris­bane North In­sti­tute of TAFE af­ter start­ing a school-based trainee­ship with Town and Coun­try while I was still at War­wick High.

I love the job, I don’t want to be a vet, I re­ally love be­ing the as­sis­tant.

There’s al­ways some­thing dif­fer­ent to do and you get to form a lot of friend­ships, both with clients and the an­i­mals.

The staff here are great, we all get along re­ally well and are good friends which makes it a fun place to work.

I do a lot of re­cep­tion and of­fice du­ties as well as as­sist­ing in surgery and con­sul­ta­tion and mak­ing sure the an­i­mals in the hos­pi­tal are looked af­ter.

Co­ra­lyn Turner

I TOOK over as the owner of War­wick Town and Coun­try Vets in March 2014 but have worked here as a vet since 2008.

This was my first job af­ter grad­u­at­ing as a vet and I worked here for a few years be­fore head­ing to Goondi­windi in 2012 and 2013.

Then, in 2014, I came back and bought the busi­ness.

I de­cided in high school that I wanted to be a vet.

I grew up around an­i­mals and find it to be a ful­fill­ing job but you do get at­tached to peo­ple and an­i­mals so some days can be rough.

My day could con­sist of ab­so­lutely any­thing from rou­tine con­sul­ta­tions, vac­ci­na­tions, emer­gen­cies, sick and in­jured an­i­mals and farm call-outs.

Things like preg­nancy test­ing, calv­ing and herd health.

We run a mixed prac­tice here, so we see all crea­tures, great and small.

Keri Rhein­berger

I MOVED to War­wick af­ter grad­u­at­ing as vet at the Uni­ver­sity of Queens­land in 2006.

I did about three years here and then went off to have a cou­ple of kids and do a bit of work around south­east Queens­land.

I came back a few years ago and started work­ing here again.

I just wanted to be able to fix sick an­i­mals and I so glad I have the op­por­tu­nity to do it: I’m very lucky.

I once tried to do CPR on a pet bird, it was un­suc­cess­ful un­for­tu­nately but quite in­ter­est­ing.

I also had to in­ject a rhi­noc­eros on a game cap­ture ex­pe­di­tion in Namibia. They have a very tough skin and I couldn’t quite get it done, so some­one stepped in and did it for me.

PHOTO: JONNO COLFS

Kathy Mauch, Co­ra­lyn Turner and Keri Rhein­berger from War­wick Town and Coun­try Vets.

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