More about Sandra?
Born and bred on a sheep station in central Queensland, one of my earliest memories is helping to deliver a lamb one morning on the way to school! Animals have always been a large part of my life. For one reason or another there was a detour in my path that meant that I studied for and achieved a Bachelor of Commerce and consequently spent many years working in finance and accounting roles with little satisfaction. One day in 2015 I decided that it was time to follow my passion and I began studying to become a Veterinary Nurse. I am still studying, but I am determined to become fully qualified in 2018. I have been lucky enough to be supported by Vetlove, first as a work placement student and now as a paid employee.
What do you enjoy most about being a vet nurse?
There is so much that I love about being a Veterinary Nurse, it is a job that is so diverse. No day is ever the same! I do have a soft spot for elderly animals and their owners. I think that it is such a privilege to be able to make a difference to the lives of the animals and their owners in their golden years.
Do you have any pets at home?
Along with my husband and two children, I am lucky enough to share my home with an 18 year old cat that has been part of my life since she was a kitten, an elderly Jack Russell Terrier who I adopted a few years ago, two guinea pigs re-homed from a backyard breeding situation and a Central Bearded Dragon named Rango.
Your special interest in the veterinary field?
I have an interest in all aspects of the veterinary field, but I particularly enjoy surgical nursing. The theatre is such a different environment that requires special skills and knowledge.
I love all animals, so it is very hard to pick one particular favourite, but I do really love dogs. I have always enjoyed learning about different dog breeds and behaviours. I think that the addition of a dog makes a house a home.
Most memorable moment?
Since starting veterinary nursing there have been so many moments that will stay with me. However, my first involvement with an emergency caesarean was nerve- wracking, but amazing! The creation of life is truly magical.
Tell us something interesting about yourself?
Among many and varied accounting and finance roles over the years, I also worked for a number of years teaching water familiarisation and confidence classes for babies and young children.
What are you most looking forward to in 5 years as a vet nurse?
I still have so much to learn in the veterinary field. I look forward to completing my study and continuing to gain experience in all areas.