This week’s Sector Spotlight is on Land-based industries, which includes farming and the various businesses that support it. Today we here from Madeleine Brady who is a Vet with Northvet.
Madeleine trained to be a vet straight out of school in her native Australia. After she qualified, she worked for a couple of years in Australia before heading off on her travels which saw her spending two years working around the UK. After being in Orkney in 2016, she decided to move back earlier this year.
Can you describe a typical day in your job?
A typical day might involve a day in the surgery seeing small animals such as cats and dogs, a morning of surgery including routine desexings, lump removals and dentals followed by an afternoon of small animal consults.
Or, the day might involve a day of farm animals, blood testing and pregnancy diagnosis. You could also have a day of emergency calls like calvings and lambings!
Being an island practice often our days involve ferries or planes to get to our patients on the isles.
How did you end up in your current role?
I went straight into my veterinary degree after high school. I did all my training in Australia where I grew up. After working for a couple of years there I decided to travel and spent a couple of years working my way around the UK. I came to Orkney in the summer of 2016 and had such a great time that I decided to move back in January 2019.
What is the best thing about your job?
I really enjoy the variety my job offers but by far the best part is seeing really sick animals recover and go back to their families.
What is the worst thing about your job?
Unfortunately not every animal has a treatable illness and sometimes we are unable to save them all.
What skills do you need to undertake your role as a vet?
Working as a vet you need excellent communication skills to work with farmers, pet owners and also the other members of the veterinary team. You also need to pay attention to detail, be empathetic and enjoy working with animals and be prepared to be continually learning.
What qualifications do you have?
I have a Bachelor of Veterinary Science from the University of Sydney. I am also a Member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons.
Would you recommend becoming a vet to young people?
Yes, I would never do anything else and although it’s a very challenging job it is also very rewarding.
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