Kerry McNie, New Graduate Veterinary Surgeon, Pet Doctors Animal Hospital, Newport, Isle of Wight
"I graduated from the University of Glasgow in 2007
I have been working for Pet Doctors for the last three months, and have found the work to be both challenging and very rewarding.
Before working for Pet Doctors I was based in a small animal practice with only one other vet and one nurse. It was a stressful environment for a new Graduate as often you felt alone in your decision making and there was not always someone available to discuss treatment options and work through your cases with you.
Operating on your own as a New Graduate is also a very stressful time and would often mean that you would not attempt non routine surgery as you had no back up available.
I wanted to progress in my career surgically and work in a practice that had high standards of patient and client care; where I could be free to work up my own cases to a high diagnostic level and take them through to surgery, but feel that there was always someone available to offer support and advice which gives me the confidence to strive for greater goals and look forward to specializing in the future.
Here at Riverbank Veterinary Hospital, Newport, Isle of Wight I have found exactly that. I am surrounded by senior vets who both support me and enjoy teaching me as much as I enjoy learning from them. I feel I push myself harder both surgically and medically as I feel I can always rely on my colleagues to help support and guide me from scrubbing in on an operation to looking over blood results .
The Nurses are also very supportive. As a newly qualified vet the one thing to strike fear into your soul is the thought of on call weekends and nights. You can feel very overwhelmed and isolated but with an experienced nurse along side you all night to support you and help you with the practical tasks from catheter placement to xray exposures at two am - this really is priceless.
I am really enjoying my time here at Pet Doctors. I feel that my needs are always listened to and my requirements are always met.
I have moved far from my friends and family which in itself can be challenging but I have had a social buddy and a close network of colleagues that have welcomed me into their homes for meals and have been included in many social events. I feel very at home in such a short time that I am sure this will be my work place for a long time to come."