Dr Amy Collins knew from a young age that she wanted to be a vet someday. Growing up, animals were a big part of her life – riding horses and being on farms. At the age of 14 she secured her first job in a vet clinic, hydro-bathing dogs on a Sunday. Amy found her way into emergency medicine when she was working for VSS as an intern. She loved the team at Animal Emergency Service, Carrara – “It is such a supportive environment with some amazing vets and vet nurses!”.
For Amy, one of the most thrilling aspects of emergency are the trauma cases that come in, with the need to work quickly and efficiently to stabilise the patient. Her most memorable case since working with AES was a GDV (Gastric Dilation and Volvulus) a life threating condition that affects dogs that have eaten too much. “I hadn’t seen a GDV during my time in general practice so was a great experience to work through the case a perform the surgery.” She finds trauma cases the most thrilling because “…you need to work quickly and efficiently to stabilise the patient. One such memorable trauma case I had was a degloving injury in a dog. This dog presented with degloving of the forelimb from elbow to carpus. We were able to stabilise the patient quickly and perform surgery to attempt to save the remaining skin”.
At home, Amy has a gorgeous Staffy called Delilah who loves joining her at cafes for breakfast and coffee. Their favourite beach walk hangs are Currumbin and Burleigh.
Tell us why you like working for Animal Emergency Service?
AES are constantly striving to do the best for the patient, the client and our staff. We have amazing facilities and provide gold standard care to all patients. We have a fantastic team who work together and build each other up.
What would you say to an aspiring vet?
Surround yourself with an inspiring and supportive team! Take any chance to learn from your fellow vets and nurses.
What do you do outside of work for fun?
I love hiking, running, going to the beach, hanging out with friends and family and my beautiful dog Delilah.