Kate Hancock joined CVVS at the beginning of 2014 as a trainee veterinary nurse. She successfully completed a Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing at the end of 2016.
First pet... Bonnie – a red kelpie
Your most surprising animal encounter…Croc jumping! As an 11-year-old, I went on a family holiday to Darwin. For fun, we went on a crocodile tour in a 12-seater dinghy on the Adelaide River. As we jetted further over the river, our tour guide said, “Now, I’m going to be honest, if you fall into the river, you can try to swim to the edge, but you probably won’t make it.” Not exactly soothing words! Next thing I knew, a large crocodile jumped out of the water to snatch a large piece of meat from a fishing rod held by another guide. It jumped so high only its tail remained in the river. It was incredible! I was certain one was going to land in the boat.
What animal would you choose to be? I would love to be a horse because they are so beautiful and intelligent. Also they don’t really have any predators, so that is a bonus.
What would you do with an extra 5 hours each week? I should say study, but I think I would use the extra hours to just relax.
Tell us one thing on your bucket list... Travel to Ireland. I have always loved the idea of Ireland probably because my mother’s family originated from there. I think it is one of the most beautiful countries in the world based on photos I’ve seen, plus the Irish people I’ve met have all been so much fun and always up for a laugh and a good time.
If you could be a superhero, what would your special power be? Animal whisperer.
What does your role involve?
My role as a vet nurse is very rewarding. Every day you learn something new, experience different and exciting situations, and most importantly go home knowing that you’ve been able to help someone in some way. As a nurse, it’s my role to assist the vet in any given task, from:
• putting in intravenous catheters
• acting as an anesthetist
• preparing patients for surgeries
• assisting in consultations
• continually checking on hospital patients that need our attention, support and care
• making phone to calls to check on our clients and their pets
• giving advice on animal health, along with many other tasks and procedures.
Like any job, vet nursing has its ups and downs, but most of the time I love it. It’s difficult to narrow down my favourite part of the job but dealing with horses and production animals is high on the list. Living on a farm probably influences my interest in them.
I still love and enjoy all the friendly faces and cuddles with the cats and dogs that come through the door. And I’m lucky enough to work at both the Clare and Jamestown clinics.
I have a beautiful 2-year-old male brown and tan Kelpie called Billy, who no matter how I’m feeling will always put a smile on my face and loves a cuddle and a play. I have a small tan and white female Jack Russell who can make me feel frustrated with her cheeky ways but makes me laugh simultaneously, as well as Kip, a 6-month-old tri-colour Border Collie who is proving to be a very useful sheep dog already.
When I’m not vet nursing, I enjoy helping on the farm, playing with my dogs, gardening, baking, reading and spending time with family.