Coun­try prac­tice for all an­i­mals: big, small

Anna Man­ning has brought her young English am­bi­tion to the High Coun­try

Mansfield Courier - - NEWS - Weekly pro­file on our peo­ple by Courier jour­nal­ist Peter Hunt

THERE are many Mans­field farm­ers who owe the qual­ity of their stock to the work of Anna Man­ning.

They must be very happy that she de­cided at a very early age to be­come a vet.

Anna was born in 1983 in Hal­i­fax, Eng­land, giv­ing her strong York­shire roots.

At 18 months her fam­ily moved to Cleeve in Som­er­set where she lived till she was 18.

“I went t o Bristol Gram­mar School where my ca­reer am­bi­tion was to be a vet,” she re­counted.

“Since I was about six years of age I knew what I wanted to be and I never wa­vered.

“I still re­mem­ber my pets when I was four or five, Spot and Paws.”

Hav­ing fin­ished her A Lev­els, Anna spent her gap year in Aus­tralia.

“I played hockey at school and af­ter sixth form the school had a hockey tour to Aus­tralia,” she ex­plained.

“Hav­ing al­ready turned 18, I was able to stay af­ter the tour, tak­ing a camper­van trip around New Zealand.

“I worked a bit as a wait­ress in Auck­land but then came back to Aus­tralia, where I had a friend work­ing for Chris Stoney.”

Anna spent the next seven months on trail rides and do­ing farm work.

“Af­ter my year off I re­turned to the UK and spent the next five years at the Royal Vet­eri­nary Col­lege in Lon­don, com­plet­ing my B.Vet. Med.,” she said.

“I en­joyed work­ing with the an­i­mals, the science that went with it and get­ting to work out­doors.

“From my t i me at col­lege, I wanted to work with large breeds - help the in­di­vid­ual an­i­mal but also help the herd as a whole.”

Anna then headed to Aus­tralia to be­gin her ca­reer.

“I worked at the Bal­larat Vet Clinic in the equine area for some four years,” she said.

“Then I moved to the Be­nalla Vet clinic for eight months in a mixed an­i­mal role.

“I got mar­ried in 2011 to Rod ( ju­nior), came to Mans­field and set up De­latite Vet­eri­nary Ser- vices the same year.”

Anna be­gan her prac­tice look­ing af­ter cat­tle and horses out of the back of a ute.

“In 2014 I set up a base for the busi­ness in Chen­ery Street, which al­lowed me to back off the 24/7 work style,” she said.

“We did the fit out af­ter hours as it was just a shell.

“There are now three vets in the prac­tice with a 50/50 large/small mixed clien­tele.”

Anna still spends a lot of her time out on the lo­cal farms, work­ing hand in hand with the farm­ers.

“Half the time is ‘fire brigade’ work - calv­ing be­ing the main ac­tiv­ity,” she said.

“Luck­ily famers check their cat­tle evening and morn­ing so there are very few 2am call­outs.

“The other half is herd health, preg­nancy and bull test­ing.”

Civilised hours are now very im­por­tant to Anna af­ter the birth of son Alex five months ago.

“I now try to bal­ance be­ing a vet, be­ing a mother, keep­ing up my sport and de­sign­ing a house we are go­ing to build in Septem­ber,” she said.

De­spite a busy work­ing life, Anna has al­ways been in­volved in sport.

“I played hockey at school, be­cause the South West of Eng­land was a hockey area,” she ex­plained

“At uni I stuck with hockey, but changed to net­ball at Bal­larat.

“Hockey was on Satur­day morn­ing when I had to work and net­ball had a night league.”

Anna got back into it when she ar­rived in Mans­field.

“My first year with the Ea­gles was B Re­serve, my sec­ond was B Grade and in year three it was A grade,” she said.

“This year I am fill­ing in with Bon­nie Doon be­cause I can play with­out hav­ing to train.

“There is also Rus­sell my horse, but I do not get to be with him much.”

Anna has a deep love of Mans­field and be­ing a vet.

“The peo­ple here are fan­tas­tic and very sup­port­ive – I will con­tinue to en­joy fam­ily and vet life in the High Coun­try,” she said.

“There is so much go­ing on in this town, I will be around for quite a while.”

Anna Man­ning will prob­a­bly be that grey haired woman you will see walk­ing the pad­docks in many years to come.

PHOTO: Peter Hunt

ALL AN­I­MALS: Anna Man­ning might pre­fer large an­i­mals but she is very much at home with small ones as well.

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