I work in the Community Vet Clinic as a Student Veterinary Nurse, and will be starting my course in January. I’ve had a few different roles with Mayhew over the past four years, though – I started volunteering at the vet clinic in October 2016 and a year later I took up a position as a student Veterinary Care Assistant (VCA).
After I qualified in November 2018, I took a job as a maternity cover in the clinic reception for a year, before going to be a VCA in a veterinary hospital. Soon afterwards I was thrilled to be offered the position of student Nurse back in the clinic at Mayhew. Even though the clinic had to close in the first lockdown, I was still able to cover as an Animal Care Assistant during the night shift.
My working day starts with preparing for the day’s surgeries and procedures by making sure the equipment and tables in our prep room are set and the operation board is up and running. I then assist the vet team throughout the day. Another big part of the job is checking on our animals that are staying at Mayhew, which is one of my favourite tasks as I get to know them really well. Another side of my role is working in the clinic reception along with our star receptionist Kathy, manning the phones and managing the clinic diary.
I think it’s a combination of things – the fact that we work not only with animals but also with the community is something that has always impressed me. Every single one of us comes to work with the same mindset, to give our very best to help the animals in our care.
My family – in Portugal, where I’m from – has two lovely cats, Kim and Juliet, who are eight years old, and our dog Thor who is almost 14 years old. Late last year we also expanded the family with my brother’s dog Missy who I have only met so far via video call. Luckily my flat mate here in the UK has a cat too, so I still get some of that feline love fix.
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