Marieke is our Client Care Manager at Carrara on the Gold Coast. After literally walking into a vet job in New Zealand, she never imagined 15 years later she’d be working at the Animal Emergency Service in Australia. After 10 years working at a regular vet clinic in New Zealand, Marieke found herself in emergency medicine. Coming to Australia she had wanted to something a little different – a more challenging but never boring role and one that always keeps her on her toes. Marieke says she’s found the right place with Animal Emergency Service.
Marieke recalls her most memorable case to come through since working at Animal Emergency Service – not one but three caesarean surgeries all in one day! Between them, there were 19 puppies all together, and after her shift at the front office, Marieke spent time behind the scenes helping to look after all the mums and newborn puppies.
We asked Marieke about the most thrilling case she’s witnessed: “Having 4x patients on the ventilator and 3 intubated. The way our Gold Coast team came together along with owner’s, the business manager, vet directors all coming to the Gold Coast and working through it as a team. It’s why I do what I do – I like making a difference in people’s lives and I love being part of Animal Emergency Service Carrara team.”
Three quick questions with Marieke
What is the funniest thing that has happened to you on a shift?
A stray sheep coming to the clinic. We looked after the sheep for two days. I will always remember the laughter of the team when I walked out to the treatment area with a sheep on a lead.
Is there somewhere local you love taking your pet?
My dog has passed but taking Scooby to The Spit was amazing – the dogs allowed beach is pretty awesome.
What do you do for fun outside of work?
Spending time with my family, being out on the water, going exploring.