Dr Anthony Bennett and Dr James Carroll of Village Vets Australia, talk about the sixth episode of Series 2.
This episode is all about light and shade. With all the benefits of pet ownership comes a huge responsibility to care for that pet, and know when the time is right to contact your vet and discuss the ongoing welfare of a pet.
We meet Lee-ann and her mini horse Toby. Lee-ann runs pony rides at carnivals and shows around the state, and she’s in Berry for the annual Berry Show –one of the highlights of the year! Sadly for Lee-ann, Toby isn’t well, and being an old horse, she knows his welfare is in her hands. You couldn’t help but be moved by the amount of time and care Lee-ann puts into ensuring Toby is comfortable, and has the best possible chance of pulling through. When the end finally comes for Toby, Lee-ann can make the decision to end his life with a clear conscience because she knows she has done everything for him.
If Toby’s sad death represents the shade, the clinic staff competing in the Nowra mud muster represents the light. Our staff work hard every week saving animal lives, and living the highs and lows of the hundreds of pet owners that visit our clinic. It can be as emotionally draining for the vets and nurses as it is for the owners, so it’s important to get out as a team every now and let our collective hair down! It reminds us that life goes on, there are always new challenges, and getting down and dirty is sometimes a lot of fun!
Anthony & James