Dr Ashlee Henneker
Ashlee was born on Norfolk Island and grew up in Noosa, Queensland, for the most part for her childhood. Ashlee wanted to be a vet from a very young age. She graduated from the University of Queensland in 2006 with Class 1 Honours, then worked in mixed practice in South West Queensland as a new graduate before heading over to the UK as a locum vet for a couple of years. It was at this time that she decided she wanted to focus her skills on small animals. In more recent times, Ashlee has worked in busy small animal clinics in Melbourne, Alice Springs, Brisbane and Victoria.
Why did you become a veterinarian?
I wanted to become a veterinarian as I loved animals and knew from a young age that working as a veterinarian was the dream job for me. I realised that I wanted to help animals at the age of three, when my mother took me and our cat to the local vet on Norfolk Island. I also love the fact that every day is different. Who wouldn’t like being around animals all day long?
What do you enjoy most about being a vet?
Being a vet can sometimes be challenging, both emotionally and physically, but there is no greater feeling than knowing that, at the end of the day, you made an animal better. I love using my brain to problem solve and I love the fact that you become part of a pet’s family.
Do you have any pets at home?
Yes. Royce the Rhodesian Ridgeback, Fonzie the Whippet, Tuxedo the black and white DSH and Bluey the ginger DSH.
What’s your special interest in the veterinary field?
My special interest is internal medicine in both dogs and cats. I also like radiography and ultrasonography and completed a 10-month distance education course on radiography in 2014.
What’s your favourite animal and why?
Cats, because they are just cats! They are independent creatures and their personalities can be quite complex.
What’s your most memorable moment?
Graduating from vet school, but also getting married to my husband Paul in 2015.
Tell us something interesting about yourself?
I play women’s AFL football.
What are you most looking forward to in five years as a veterinarian?
I am looking forward to spreading my knowledge to the younger vets within the group and watching them grow.