DREAM JOB: Megan Kearney, veterinarian in Bangalow with a green tree frog she is treating.
DREAM JOB: Megan Kearney, veterinarian in Bangalow with a green tree frog she is treating. Mireille Merlet-Shaw

A day in the life: Vet is living a dream career

MEGAN Kearney can remember having to operate on a Staffordshire terrier who had swallowed a cassette tape.

"He had tape coming out of his mouth and out the other end," Megan said.

"It had gone right through."

Getting the tape out of the terrier's bowel was just one of many difficult operations Megan has undertaken in her 25 years as a vet, but said she wouldn't change her job for the world.

"I love the variety in my job and I couldn't imagine ever doing anything different," Megan said.

Unlike many people who waiver in career choices over their lifetime, Megan dreamt of being a vet since she was just three years old.

"My parents still ask me when I'm going to get a real job," Megan said with a laugh.

"My dad said it's not too late to become a lawyer."

Megan works for Vitality Vet Care in Bangalow - a surgery that deals in holistic healing as well as regular surgery.

However, in the past she has worked in Alice Springs and England.

The vet is unique in her approach to caring for animals as she not only performs acupuncture on animals with non-life threatening conditions, she also looks after wildlife that has been injured or fallen ill.

"I see about two native animals a day," said Megan as she inspected a large green tree frog brought in by a concerned local.

"He's a bit overweight," she added.

Over summer, the work of a vet is busy with many animals getting into tight spots or experiencing tick or snake bites.

"I'd say over the past few months, 70% of animals that come in have summer related ailments," Megan said.

These ailments can be anything from snake bites to tick bites, to dehydration or overeating when animals steal food or are given too many leftovers over the Christmas period.

Megan's philosophy to treating animals is unique and her love of her job is evident just by speaking with her for a few moments.

"I'm a holistic vet because there is no system of medicine that is a perfect practice," Megan said.

"Even for us."



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