Many of you will be aware we opened our new Papamoa Village Vets clinic in August. Situated at Fashion Island opposite Mitre 10, we’re well positioned to serve the huge number of pet owners in Papamoa and Papamoa East. We’ve had wonderful feedback to the clinic launch and we’re enjoying meeting new clients and their pets of all ages.

One of the vet nurses based there, Rebecca Timms, has joined the Papamoa team after recently returning to New Zealand following a three month stint in Australia. While in Melbourne, she worked as an Emergency and Critical Care nurse in the Emergency Department of the Melbourne University Veterinary Hospital.

Rebecca says she had the “experience of a lifetime” and her New Zealand training prepared her well for the life and death situations she faced on a daily basis. Some of the roles of an emergency nurse include: long overnight shifts, dealing with emergency equipment routinely (eg, defibrillators, ventilators, and oxygen cages), multi-lined IV fluid therapy, seizure management, complex pain management regimes, regular blood pressure and ECG monitoring.

She says it was a “full on” job but she loved every minute of it. “The main reason for venturing overseas was to further my veterinary nursing knowledge and gain experience and skills in another aspect of nursing. I got all of this and more. I met some truly amazing animals and made very strong friendships with colleagues.

“I am very happy to be back in the Bay of Plenty and am looking forward to meeting all the beloved animals in the wider Papamoa region. At the end of the day it’s the health and wellbeing of animals that drives me to better myself. I want to make sure I’m doing everything I possibly can to give them the healthcare and compassion that they all deserve.”