Having been an animal lover all her life, it was no surprise to anyone when Mady Smith became a veterinary nurse.
After becoming a qualified veterinary nurse in 2017 Mady started working in a general practice clinic. Looking to increase her skills she happened to attend a tutorial run by our Pet ICU nurses. Mady was left in awe of their knowledge and expertise, and the craving to be involved in the kind of cases Pet ICU saw on a daily basis. Not long after the tutorial, Mady decided she was ready for her next challenge – working in the emergency field, and with our Pet ICU team no less.
Since joining the team Mady has not looked back, enjoying making a difference to the lives of pets as well as contributing to advances in veterinary medicine.
“I absolutely love working for Pet ICU. I get to work with an amazing team of vets and nurses and have the chance to make a massive difference to critical pets and their families. In Pet ICU we offer the best care I’ve ever seen, and are constantly striving to further what veterinary medicine can achieve,” explains Mady.
Every pet who comes into Pet ICU has a place in Mady’s heart, but one case in particular that is memorable is of a little dog called Nismo. Not long after Mady first joined the Pet ICU team Nismo came in with a severe case of tick paralysis. Going into arrest upon arrival at the hospital, Nismo was successfully resuscitated with CPR by the team. He spent a number of days needing mechanical ventilation in order to breathe. However, day by day he continued to improve and was gradually weaned off the ventilator. “Seeing him go home to his family was absolutely amazing, and showed me how truly incredible critical care is,” says Mady.
When not in the hospital, Mady can be found outdoors enjoying a hike and going to the beach (particularly with her friends’ doggos), as well as spending time with friends and family.