Gungahlin Vet Hospital

Cassie

Cassie

I have had the pleasure of working at GVH since July 2010. I completed a certificate 4 in veterinary nursing in December 2008. As well as my day to day veterinary nursing tasks. I am also responsible for inventory ordering for both GVH and Dr Sarah Webb. My special interests at work are diagnostic imaging, particularly Ultrasound, and developing and maintaining business relationships with veterinary wholesaler representatives.

 Being the eldest of 5 daughters, my family is the most important aspect of my life. I have had the privilege to be able to grow up in a family circle that is filled with immense love and wisdom. I also had the pleasure of growing up with animals, developed a passion for their welfare and learned to care for them from a very young age. I have always had a strong interest in science and after many backyard experiments (some of which I believe mum and dad would rather forget!), I decided from 12 years old to bind those interests together and pursue a career in the veterinary industry.

 I am married to a wonderful husband, Jonathan, who also happens to be my high school sweetheart. He is a very talented chef and regularly spoils me and our families with glorious homemade meals. We are at present looking to purchase our first home by mid 2012. My lifetime goal is to become a mum but at the moment our animals at home make up the rest of our family. We are hoping to add a human child to the mix in a few years or so.

 My animals include:

Butch the 8 yr old staffy, who although incredibly sweet and gentle, only has about 2 brain cells firing at any one time.

Axel my 5 yr old black domestic shorthair (RSPCA rescue) who thinks our house is his hotel, and only comes inside for a feed, a sleep and the occasional leg rub in that order.

And Squeaks my almost 1 yr old black domestic shorthair who was brought into GVH at only 4 weeks of age as a stray and whom I nursed into the almighty terror that she has become today. She has an interesting habit of lulling you into a false sense of security by initially giving you lots of love and then suddenly proceeds to chew on whatever part of you she's attached herself to.

 We also have a menagerie of fresh water tropical fish and plan to create a salt water fish wonderland once we have found a house big enough to fit our currently empty brand new 6 ft tank.

I have always thought my fantasy pet would be a Tiger. I have to admit ever since I watched Disney's Aladdin for the first time- I kept on wishing I had a tiger like Raja! All my animals are totally unique and quirky in their own way and I love them all.

 I love being a veterinary nurse for so many reasons but mostly I have found it has helped me develop into the person I am today. The job is messy, stressful at times and often mentally and emotionally challenging, but the reward of self-satisfaction you feel after you have just saved an animal's life or helped them in some way to make the most of their enduring lives, is the drive that inspires me to keep doing what I do. My mother told me when I was very little - and I apply this to every adversity I face in life:

" If you work hard and believe in yourself, you can do anything and be anyone"

 I am looking forward to meeting you and your pets!