Interview – Dr Harry Markwell

Dr Harry Markwell – Vet (Specialist in Equine Surgery)

What do you consider the most rewarding and challenging parts of your job?

The most rewarding part of the job is resolving problems that a client never thought could be fixed, seeing such a variety of cases and, watching how happy horses are sometimes to go home after a long battle with illness.

 

If people were considering becoming a vet what advice would you give them?

You must take the first step, apply. Give it a go! No one was ever born to be a vet, they learn, they train, and they practice. Don’t be afraid to follow you nose and take the opportunities that comes your way because life is an adventure.

 

What experience or qualifications are required to become an equine surgeon?

I undertook a 1.5 year-long internship in the USA right after vet school in a private equine hospital. While there, I applied for a surgery residency in the USA and was lucky enough to get the position. After three years of my residency, I then completed my specialty board exams in equine surgery.

 

What did you want to be when you grew up?

An astronaut, but I thought I’d be too tall to become a fighter pilot first.

 

Were there any other careers you considered pursuing when you left school?

I never wanted to be a vet until right at the end of school. I wanted to work in extensive agriculture and beef cattle production. I had to improve my grades in my first year of uni to make the change to vet school.

 

Is this your first career? Can you see yourself remaining in this line of work forever?

Yes and yes. But I see myself finding some serious hobbies sometime soon that hopefully I can make into a second career.

 

What are your standard hours?

Probably 60-80 hours a week but it can easily reach 100 during the busy time in the Spring.

 

Is there anything you can tell us about your job that people wouldn’t expect?

The most challenging part of the job is making connections with clients who own and love the horses. This part of the job is tough but we work every day to do a better job of it.

 

Kristy Cummins – Vet Nurse

 

What do you consider the most rewarding and challenging parts of your job?

 the most rewarding part is when a clients pet gets to go home happy and healthy.

 

If people were considering becoming a vet nurse what advice would you give them?

 I would suggest trying work experience first as this job is not for everybody. and then finding a course at uni or tafe.

 

What experience or qualifications are required to become a vet nurse?

 you need to have a tafe certificate or veterinary technology degree.  

 

What did you want to be when you grew up?

 I didn’t know what I wanted to, but I did know that I wanted to work with horses.

 

Were there any other careers you considered pursuing when you left school?

 No.

 

Is this your first career? Can you see yourself remaining in this line of work forever?

I started working at WestVETS when I was 18 and I am still enjoy working with the horses and being a vet nurse.

 

What are your standard hours?

 I can work anywhere from 38 to 50 hours a week.