Vet­Care takes over Unitec teach­ing hos­pi­tal

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Ve­teri­nary nurse Court­ney Scales has come full cir­cle.

Since grad­u­at­ing from Unitec with a Di­ploma in Ve­teri­nary Nurs­ing, Court­ney has en­joyed a var­ied and ex­cit­ing ca­reer, in­clud­ing nurs­ing at a se­nior level in sev­eral busy cen­tral Auck­land prac­tices and work­ing in the mar­ket­ing team of a large ve­teri­nary group con­sist­ing of 25 clin­ics across New Zealand.

Eight years on from grad­u­at­ing, she has re­turned to the Unitec Mt Al­bert cam­pus, where she stud­ied, in a new role as head nurse of the newly re­fur­bished, on­site teach­ing hos­pi­tal.

Vet­Care Unitec took over the premises in late 2014. Court­ney and se­nior vet­eri­nar­ian, Dr Justine Al­ley, were hand­picked by Vet­Care direc­tor Dr Alex Mel­rose – an of­fer Court­ney says was too good to refuse.

As well as lead­ing the nurs­ing team, Court­ney will also men­tor and work along­side more than 50 bud­ding ve­teri­nary nurse stu­dents as they get their first taste of work­ing life in a real clinic.

‘‘They will get real sit­u­a­tions, with real pa­tients and real clients,’’ she says.

As the head nurse, the hands-on tu­tor­ing will fall to Court­ney who says she is ex­cited by the chance to give back to the pro­fes­sion she is ‘‘crazily pas­sion­ate’’ about.

The teach­ing hos­pi­tal al­lows stu­dents to build on the the­ory and in­tro­duc­tion to prac­ti­cal work they gain in lec­tures and in Unitec’s ve­teri­nary sim­u­la­tion clinic.

The clinic has been re­mod­elled and fit­ted out with new equip­ment and ma­chin­ery, and what was pre­vi­ously a lunch room has been trans formed into a teach­ing space, where they hope to have peo­ple from the ve­teri­nary pro­fes­sion come to speak with stu­dents.

Unitec Nat­u­ral Sciences head of depart­ment, Pro­fes­sor Lin­ton Win­der, says the re­freshed Vet­Care Unitec clinic is a great ad­di­tion for both stu­dents and the com­mu­nity.

‘‘Pet own­ers can be happy in the knowl­edge that not only are their friends be­ing well cared for, but that they are help­ing train the ve­teri­nary nurses of the fu­ture,’’ he says.

For more in­for­ma­tion phone 0800 109 510 or visit unitec.ac.nz.

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