Our Cutting Edge vets are nearing the end of their induction journeys and are about to embark on their careers as full-time emergency vets in Vets Now out-of-hours clinics and emergency and specialty hospitals.
Among them is Sarah Goodwin, who hails from Sydney, Australia. Sarah already has extensive experience as a vet, having worked in various clinics and hospitals in her home country and is looking forward to getting started in our Salisbury clinic.
If you would like to follow in Sarah's footsteps and embark on a programme specifically designed to equip you with the skills and experience you need to work in ECC, sign up for Cutting Edge now.
Name: Sarah Jane Goodwin
Hometown: Sydney, Australia
Where did you go to university? Sydney University
Why did you decide to become a vet? I've had a passion and love for all animals — great and small — since I was a little girl. I grew up riding horses and was in the saddle before I could walk. We lived on a small farm and had a menagerie of animals. I spent my days as a child learning and reading all about them, studying their husbandry, health care and first aid.
I went to Pony Club and passed my exams at the age of six, so it was a natural progression to pursue a career that combined my love for animals and a willingness to learn to care for them. I knew I wanted to become a veterinarian after doing my high school work experience placement at a veterinary hospital, and I've not looked back since. Animals have given me so much joy, so I have committed my life to returning the favour.
How did you end up at Vets Now? I graduated in 2010 and spent my first year in a rural mixed practice in the Hunter Valley where I learned a lot and worked with both small and large animals. Being a large and busy rural veterinary practice, I did a lot of out of hours and this is where my love for emergency and critical care developed. I spent the next few years in private small animal practice, then moved into emergency when I became emergency registrar at the University Veterinary Teaching Hospital Sydney.
After that, I started a Masters of Commerce and simultaneously became a director of a small animal veterinary hospital in Sydney’s eastern suburbs. As I enjoy continuing education and practising veterinary medicine to gold standards, I chose to move abroad to Vets Now, the UK's leading emergency and out of hours provider.
What’s the most enjoyable thing about being a vet? Never having one day that is the same. You just never know what is going to come through the door.
Why do you want to work in emergency and critical care? Being an ECC veterinarian is incredibly challenging, yet can be so rewarding. As the first point of contact in an emergency situation, you are often the difference between life and death for your patient. Being able to calmly and confidently manage what is presented to you in a stressful situation is a great skill to have — not just for the pets but also for the owners as it gives them the confidence to place their trust in you to look after their beloved family member.
What would be your advice to someone who is thinking of becoming a vet? As they say, nothing that's worth having comes easy. It is hard work, there's no easy path apart from having sheer determination, a genuine passion for animals and a commitment to lifelong learning. If it is what you want, go for it!
What do you like to do outside of work? I love staying active, going to the gym and, when I can, spending time outdoors with my horses and dogs. I also like chilling with my cat Arnie who I adopted from a clinic I was working in.
Tell me an interesting fact no one else knows about you? I suffered a traumatic brain injury after being involved in a serious car accident at the age of 17, just before I went to university. I defied the odds and still went on to pursue my career and lifelong dream of becoming a veterinarian.
The next intake for Cutting Edge is in January, and places are filling up fast. We are also recruiting for more experienced vets for Refresh Your Edge. If you, or any vets you know, are interested in applying, please call the Vets Now recruitment team for more information on 01383 841181 or click here.