Life­sav­ing vets in­spire Holly’s ca­reer dream

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ATEN-YEAR-OLD girl from Wiltshire has vowed to be­come a vet af­ter she penned a charming let­ter about her in­jured kit­ten.

Holly Floyd wrote to vet Kate Rus­sell in her neat­est hand­writ­ing to thank her for sav­ing her cat Bai­ley af­ter he was hit by a car.

And Holly said that when she grew up she wanted to be like Kate.

On a hand-made card, Holly said: “As well as sav­ing Bai­ley’s life you have in­spired me to be­come a vet one day my­self.

“Thank you so, so, so, so much for look­ing af­ter our pre­cious and most loved cat Bai­ley – you have saved his life.”

Then Holly added that “our whole fam­ily – grand­par­ents, un­cles, aun­ties, cousins and friends” would have been dev­as­tated if Bai­ley had not made it.

Kate was so bowled over by the card she in­vited Holly and her seven-year-old sister, Ella, to the Vets Now hos­pi­tal in Swin­don, where she works, to look around.

Kate said: “We were re­ally touched to get Holly’s card. It’s a lovely re­minder of the hu­man di­men­sion to what we do – as well as the an­i­mal one.

“We like to think that we care for owners as well as their pets, so it’s great to get this sort of feed­back.

“I’m so pleased that Holly and Ella want to be vets. It’s a won­der­ful thing to be and I can hon­estly say that no two days are the same.”

Mis­chievous one-year-old Bai­ley was struck when he was out prowl­ing for mice at night. But the first Holly and her fam­ily knew that any­thing was wrong was the next morn­ing when Holly went down­stairs to get break­fast.

Some­how, Bai­ley had man­aged to drag him­self back through the cat flap and into the util­ity room, where he was ly­ing with a swollen head and with blood coming from his nose and mouth.

“Holly yelled up the stairs to me,” said her mum Lor­raine. “She said, ‘Mummy. Mummy, it’s Bai­ley, some­thing’s hap­pened. I rushed down and poor Bai­ley re­ally did look in a ter­ri­ble state.

“He looked aw­ful. I re­ally thought we were go­ing to lose him.”

Lor­raine, from High­worth, Wiltshire, phoned Vets Now and was urged to bring Bai­ley in im­me­di­ately.

“I’m very glad I did,” said Lor­raine. “It was touch and go. Bai­ley was in in­ten­sive care for two nights and they warned us he might well not make it.

“He had a re­ally bad trauma to his head which the vets said could only re­ally have come from be­ing hit by a ve­hi­cle.

“Those two days were aw­ful, just aw­ful.”

To make mat­ters worse, not long af­ter Bai­ley got home, Bai­ley’s brother Char­lie was taken to Vets Now af­ter he, too, was hit by a car. He some­how man­aged to make it home.

Kate said: “Both the cats are lucky to be alive.”

Bai­ley is largely back to his old self now, al­though he has ended up los­ing an eye. Char­lie faces weeks of re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion af­ter un­der­go­ing surgery for a frac­tured pelvis and dis­lo­cated hip.

Holly, right, with her sister Ella and vet Kate Rus­sell; right, the cover of Holly’s let­ter andcats Char­lie and Bai­ley

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