THE VET

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Daisy Green­wood, 35, is a vet­eri­nar­ian who works at a prac­tice in Bath, UK. She lives with her res­cue mon­grel Betty, who she adopted from a lo­cal an­i­mal char­ity www.heartres­cue.org.uk.

I have a care cir­cle around me at work.

In this job, you are deal­ing with very emo­tional sit­u­a­tions and look­ing af­ter pets who are fam­ily mem­bers to peo­ple. We’re quite a small prac­tice of vets and we’re like a fam­ily our­selves, so I’m lucky in that re­spect. There is al­ways some­one to talk to, so you don’t take things home with you. You need that care cir­cle of peo­ple at work who un­der­stand the job, oth­er­wise your friends can get bored of hear­ing stress­ful vet sto­ries!

I ac­cept my emo­tions.

There are mo­ments of hav­ing to put an­i­mals to sleep, some­times sev­eral a day. Although you know that you’re do­ing the right thing and that you’re keeping an an­i­mal’s dig­nity in­tact by pre­vent­ing them from suf­fer­ing, you also need to ac­knowl­edge that it’s sad. We need to feel things to keep our in­stincts, which are es­pe­cially im­por­tant in a clin­i­cal job. I think we can feel that it’s in­ap­pro­pri­ate to get sad or get up­set about some­thing, but it’s good to ex­pe­ri­ence sad emo­tions, as well as the happy ones.

I have com­fort­able footwear.

It might sound re­ally sim­ple, but when you’re on your feet all day as I am, it’s fun­da­men­tal that you have good, sup­port­ive shoes. I also do Pi­lates for my back and have reg­u­lar treat­ments. We look af­ter the mind a lot more now which is great, but we need to look af­ter our bod­ies. I see mine as a tool to do my job well – I want to keep it strong and well main­tained.

I make time for play.

I play in a com­mu­nity or­ches­tra and choir called The Fan­tasy Or­ches­tra (www.fan­ta­sy­orches­tra.org).

We play in fancy dress and cover a big va­ri­ety of mu­sic. I al­ways make sure I go to the re­hearsal every week and build it into my life, even if I can’t make all of the gigs be­cause of work. I play the bass clar­inet and it’s about deep breath­ing and us­ing my brain in a to­tally dif­fer­ent way. The other mem­bers are a joy­ful and ir­rev­er­ent bunch of peo­ple – when you’ve got a job as se­ri­ous as mine, it’s good to spend time with them. The gigs are al­ways great – each has a dif­fer­ent theme. I re­cently had to nd a gi­ant sh cos­tume for an un­der­wa­ter one! It’s im­por­tant to re­mem­ber that it’s not just kids who have all the fun.

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