Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

No Day Is the Same at Vet's

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

No Day Is the Same at Vet's

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HUDDLED beside a lion to take a sample from a lump on its body is all part of a day's work for a Sarina vet.

There's no 'typical day' for Dr Bec Bannan, who could be out pregnancy testing 570 head of cattle one day and on the road at 2am the next after a call-out to help someone's pet.

Dr Bannan, who has been a vet for 16 years, also worked in Emerald and it was there she encountered the larger than usual cat.

"There was a circus in town and they had a lion that had a big lump on it," she said. "We had to go in beside the crate and grab the lump and put a needle in it. That was pretty cool."

In Sarina about 80% of the surgery's work involves small animals including native birds, echidnas, kangaroos, possums and koalas.

"We would see probably five or six wildlife cases a day," Dr Bannan said. "We do all the wildlife stuff for free. …

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