What Exactly Is A Veterinary Blog?

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Frankston Heights Veterinary Centre
231 Frankston-Flinders Rd
VIC 3199

03 5971 4888
03 5971 4887

So here we are, the first ever veterinary blog from Frankston Heights Veterinary Centre. And hopefully, this will be the first of many entries. For those who haven’t met me; my name is Will Gartrell, and I have been a vet for 10 years, the last five of which have been at Frankston Heights Veterinary Centre.

One of the best parts of my job is meeting new people. I relish the opportunity to learn how people's pets have changed their lives, to help guide people through the countless pleasures (and, unfortunately, also pains) of pet ownership, and to be a part of a wider community which thrives on a common love and respect of animals.

I'm already responsible for Frankston Heights's online presence, specifically Facebook and Twitter (see facebook.com/frankstonvet and twitter.com/frankstonvet to get involved), but was looking for a way to explore some of my thoughts in greater depth. Social Media provides a great forum for communication but thrives on brevity, and there are some topics which cannot be distilled into 140 characters.

And so started the Frankston Heights Veterinary Centre Blog. 

The life of a veterinarian is a full and varied one. Walking into the clinic in the morning, we never know exactly what our day may contain. Will it be filled with medical cases, pills and potions? Or will we be called into theatre, dressed in surgical scrubs? Will we be based in the Centre? Or will we be out on the road, manning our Housecall service? We might start the day with a newborn puppy, look at a ferret at lunchtime, a budgie before afternoon-tea, before ending the day treating an ancient cat. 

There are some constants though; Every day contains a mixture of emotions, ranging from the pure joy of a witnessing a child and puppy playing together, to the darkest sadness of loss and grief at the end of a pet’s life.

Every day includes unwell pets with worried families, illness and injury, prevention and cure.

Every day involves giving advice; serious issues, simple issues, simple issues that can seem serious, and serious issues that can seem simple.

Every day involves teamwork; vets, nurses and owners all play a part in caring for animals.

Every day involves a lot of talking, but even more listening.

Every day is rewarding, not always pleasant, but always rewarding! 

The aim of this blog is to shed some light on the what it means to be a vet; to show you what happens behind the treatment-room door, to give you a taste of what goes through our mind when faced with a complicated case or an euthanasia, and to explain what we do on those rare “quiet” days, and on the hectic ones too. 

A good relationship between a client, their animal and their vet is vital if the pet is going to receive the best possible care. There is no doubt in my mind that the veterinary-client relationship is based upon trust.

I strongly believe that trust is earned, and that opening up the clinic and our minds will allow you to gain trust in us. I know that will lead to an even better level of care for your pets.

I’d really appreciate feedback about this and future posts. How do they read? Are they too long? Or too short? Are they interesting? Have I struck the right balance between over-simplification and technical detail? Are there specific topics that you would like me to explore?

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  • Awesome work guys - especially Will! I miss working there with you all! ill be tuning into every blog! keep up the good work!

    Posted by Kristy Skledar, 24/04/2013 1:13pm (4 years ago)

  • It's perfect. Great job Will. :)

    Posted by Amanda Fischmann, 15/04/2013 7:24pm (5 years ago)

  • Will be looking forward to it, Will.

    Posted by Linda, 15/04/2013 7:16pm (5 years ago)

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