After I completed my High School Certificate in 2000, I then completed a Bachelor of Business in Tourism at Southern Cross University in 2003. I worked in the events management industry for a little bit and it became obvious the industry was not for me.
I therefore decided to finally follow my dream of always becoming a vet.
I obtained a full-time veterinary nurse position at Gordon Veterinary Hospital in 2004 while at the same time studying & passing my Certificate II in Veterinary Nursing via correspondence. I wanted to make sure I liked the veterinary industry before going back and completing another degree. I loved every minute of my 2 years of veterinary nursing including desexing my own cat & dog. It just confirmed my resolve to become a vet & that I was finally in the right industry. So, I applied to become a vet.
One of the happiest days of my life was the day I opened the envelope to say I had been accepted into The University of Sydney to study Veterinary Science in 2006. Little did I know the gruelling years of study I was in for but it was all worth it.
I successfully completed by Bachelor of Veterinary Science in 2011 and obtained my first veterinary position at PetFriends Winmalee & Faulconbridge in the Blue Mountains. I started work before graduating & had to take a day off work to graduate. I was one of those rare vets that stayed in my first job for 6 years as I was particular about the first job I accepted & also very lucky with where I started my career. We had all the toys to work things up properly & a good demographic clientele that wanted the best for their pets. In my time at the practice I worked my way up to be one of the senior veterinarians training & managing the junior staff at the two clinics. I had always wanted to specialise but it took me a while to work out in which field, as I kept changing my mind. After 6 years of general practice I applied to both SASH for the rotating internship and also ARH for a surgery internship. I was offered both and because my passion lied with surgery, I decided to take the ARH Surgical Internship in April 2017.
Learning surgery under Dr David Simpson & Dr Sarah Goldsmid the Surgical Specialists & Owners of Animal Referral Hospital (ARH) Homebush has been the highlight of my career so far. I learnt so much from both of them and owe them so much. I now feel comfortable with many difficult surgeries that I would have never previously attempted including hemilaminectomy, ventral slot, dorsal laminectomy, toggles, total hips, fracture repairs, TTA, BOAS, TECO/VBO, Cricoarytenoid lateralisation tie back, SUB subcutaneous urethral bypass, perineal hernias, tumour removals, soft tissue, emergency & orthopaedic surgery, etc. I completed my 18-month surgical internship in Oct 2018. I stayed on at ARH as their surgical registrar and an emergency veterinarian until April 2019 working and learning alongside all the ARH specialists. After my time at ARH it just confirmed that I would like to be a surgical specialist one day.
Referral work is amazing and I must admit that I miss the interesting cases and all the toys. However, the 12-hour shifts are not very inducive for studying. Therefore, I decided to take a step back to become a locum. I have been locum for VetPeople for the past year while completing a 2-year soft tissue & orthopeadic Improve International surgical course to prepare me to sit my surgical membership exams. Once my surgery membership exam is completed, I intend to start applying & hopefully obtain a surgical residency in the future.
Why Do You Love Animals?
Because they give unconditional love without ever requesting anything in return. They are always there when you need them, for a shoulder to cry on, an ear to listen and furry paws for a hug. They all have their own little personality. They never complain and they are definitely better patients than human patients…they never complain. In fact, I definitely prefer animals to humans. I could not imagine my life without animals in it and I currently live with 3 dogs and 4 cats. When asked whether I like cats or dogs better my answer is BOTH. I don’t understand people that hate or are cruel to animals.
Why Do You Do What You Do?
I couldn’t imagine doing anything else. I have wanted to be a vet ever since I was little. Every patient & their owner that I help, it makes me feel like I have made a difference and improved their lives in some way.
If You Weren’t Doing What You Do… What You Be Doing? If I wasn’t a vet I would have still been in a career that had something to do with animals. Zoo keeper, Vet Nurse, Animal Trainer, etc. Or likely an Wedding Event Manager for my partners Wedding Catering Business.
Life Motto: Live is too short, live every day to the fullest.
Interesting Quote To Live By? Sing like no one is listening, Dance like no one is watching & Love like you have never been hurt.
What Would You Like VetPeople To Achieve In The Next 2 years? Be known as the industry leading veterinary recruitment agency for both full time/part time & locum position that provides that personal touch (that none of the other corporates provides) to connect the right vet with the right vet practice. Being particular about working with high standard practices and high standard veterinarians.
Light Hearted Stuff
Funniest Job You Had When You Were Younger: Bakers Delight Check Out Chick….I suppose the hats we had to wear were funny.
Any Hidden Talents? Wakeboarding, snow skiing & surgery. Wedding Event Manager on the weekends for my partners Wedding Catering Business.
Quirky Traits? Despite being intelligent, my family & friends would definitely say that I have my fair share of blonde moments.
Do you have a celeb look-alike? Julia Stiles +/- Larisa Oleynik