Animal Emergency Service Veterinarian, Dr Sara West with black cat

Dr Sara West


Dr Sara has always had a love for animals and science, so a career in veterinary science was the perfect way to combine these two loves into a career. She graduated from a Veterinary technology degree in 2007 and worked as a veterinary nurse before starting her Veterinary science degree.

During her Veterinary degree she was able to work as an emergency nurse which really cemented her passion for the field. After graduating Veterinary Science she spent almost 2 years in small animal general practice before coming back to the field of Emergency and critical care where her true passion lies.

“The team at AES are amazing, as both friends and colleagues. Continuing education is prioritised and gold standard medicine is expected. There is always someone there for you when you need them. We are like a very big family. Emergency can be incredibly emotional and stressful. We see pets and owners at their greatest time of need and we have to be there for both of them. It is comforting to know that I can rely on my team to do their absolute best to get our beautiful patients healthy and well and back home to their pet parents.”

Her level of knowledge is admired by her peers and she is able to think on her feet when managing complex medical cases. Her love of surgery is clear and her skills are what excellent. She is also not afraid to ask for help when a confusing case walks through the door and she cares so much for her patients and her clients. Sara’s communication skills are valued by clients and other medical staff – she is fearless and calm in the face of difficult clients and explains what is required in each consult well. As a person, she is a joy to work with and brings the humour to tough situations and is a rock to rely on during a tough shift.

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