Belinda has always loved keeping busy. As well as being a mum of two, she juggles her role in the vet hospital with the management of a personal vet blog and other growing social accounts. Even when she was a young student at the University of Sydney, Belinda was busily working as a vet nurse to gain invaluable clinic experience. Her hardwork and dedication have helped to build a very successful career.
“I’m a small animal veterinarian and the General Manager of a Sydney-based veterinary clinic, with 17 years’ experience in the industry. I graduated from the University of Sydney with a Bachelor of Veterinary Science in 2005.
“I always wanted to be a vet – in fact, I remember telling my primary school principal that it was my goal at age 11. I performed Year 10 work experience at my local veterinary clinic, which resulted in me obtaining a job as a weekend kennel hand.
“Whilst studying my final year at school, I enrolled in TAFE and completed my certificate in Veterinary Nursing (night classes) so that I could work as a vet nurse throughout vet school.
I was then fortunate enough to get in to the University of Sydney and work part-time as a vet nurse at two clinics (one being an emergency hospital). When I graduated, I moved on to familiar ground and obtained my first job as a vet one hour from home.
“Fast forward 10 years and I’ve returned to become the General Manager of the first veterinary practice I worked for as a graduate veterinarian. I’ve worked in a number of veterinary hospitals, focusing on small animals (my largest patient was a 76kg St Bernard).
“Now I’m simultaneously pursing my love of writing with animals. I started my own personal blog in 2014, and other social media accounts have followed, which showcase my experiences in the practice and provide a behind the scenes glimpse for both the general public and aspiring veterinary professionals. My community continues to grow and I now collaborate with like-minded women in the industry through Snout Squad.”