Bachelor of Veterinary Science
I really enjoy working with and helping people and their pets. It is very gratifying when one is able to provide a successful solution to an animal’s problem.
When I was at school, I did not know what I wanted to be. There was no “work experience” in those days!! I did know however that I loved science. After completing a Science degree I worked in medical pathology laboratories. Later, I qualified as a Dietitian and worked in that field. However, it was not until I spent time with my veterinarian younger sister, that I realised my true “calling”. I graduated from the University of Queensland as a Veterinarian in 1996, and have worked in small animal practice in Mackay ever since. Recently, I have been very fortunate to join the excellent team at Stabler and Howlett.
I really enjoy working with and helping people and their pets. It is very gratifying when one is able to provide a successful solution to an animal’s problem. Veterinary science is never dull. There is always something new to learn or something old to revisit in a different way, as mechanisms of disease are better understood and treatments revised and updated. It is great to be able to pass new knowledge on to our clients in a practical way.
Our family has one dog and 3 chooks. “Heidi”, our 10-year-old Doberman/Kelpie cross, was a rescue from the pet shop at 8 weeks of age. She had failed the obligatory health check and been rejected. As she looked just like our previous dog, who had recently passed away, it was “love at first sight”. In her younger days, when we weren’t looking, Heidi would delight in digging under the chook fence and letting the chooks out. Being the smart dog that she is, she soon realised that they weren’t dogs and that they were not prepared to play! However, she didn’t mind if they hopped in her bed, or ate her food!!
Outside work I enjoy hiking, swimming, cycling, playing tennis, reading, and catching up with friends. In reality, much of my time is spent at numerous after-school sporting events, where I love to watch my son and his team-mates in action.
I always strive to do the best job that I can. As such, I try to fit in as much continuing veterinary education as possible. I am a member of the AVA, ASAVA , the University of Sydney CVE, and the JCU Vet Education group, all of which provide webinar and conference opportunities. In the past, I have completed three distance education courses from the University of Sydney CVE – these were each a year long, and were in the fields of Internal Medicine, Emergency Medicine and Dermatology.