Dr Carley Bennett is an after hours emergency vet at Animal Emergency Service Tanawha, on Queensland’s sunny Sunshine Coast. Originally dipping her toes into the veterinary waters in general practice, Carley soon realised that the work she was doing was becoming repetitive and restrained her from learning new skills. Having grown up on a farm in Central Queensland, she knew she had always wanted to work with animals – and eventually made her home at the emergency vet to seek new learning curves in emergency medicine.
Although a lot of patients come through Carley’s doors, her most memorable case included caring for a patient who had an inflammatory disease. At 14 years old, the little maltese had incredibly dedicated and loving owners, and for Carley, it was seeing the owner happy and so grateful they could help that reminded her of the reason she got into the profession.
Unusual cases may be regular at Animal Emergency Service’s Tanawha practice, but Carley sees one type of case on the regular. “We often get people coming into the emergency room with pets who are suffering from marijuana toxicity,” says Carley. “This is such a common occurance, it almost happens here at least once a week. Pet owners should be warned about the dangers of ingestion of marijuana – most pets wind up becoming very sick.”
Three quick questions with Carley
Tell us why you like working for Animal Emergency Service?
The medical and surgical standards are very high at Animal Emergency Service. There is also a lot of support – so that younger graduates or those new to emergency medicine can manage their cases to a much higher standard. There is a very positive and supportive culture in the Tanawha clinic throughout the team.
What do you do for fun outside of work?
Moving from general practice to emergency has given me a new sense of work/life balance. It means I can take on shifts that are able to see me get some hours in the day for traveling, the beach, swimming, and seeing my friends and family.
What would you say to an aspiring vet?
Carley has a few tips for vets just starting out:
- Find a busy clinic with a good graduate support program in your first year out of university
- The wage may not match your expectations when you first start – but hang in there, because as you progress it will improve
- Vet science offers so many opportunities – you can work in different industries and overseas, and you don’t have to stay in general practice