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Helping animals a dream job for New Zealand veterinarian

Saturday May 14, 2016 Written by Published in Local
Esther Honey Foundation volunteer Dr Jess Beer is among the eight volunteers currently devoting their time to the clinic. 16051110 Esther Honey Foundation volunteer Dr Jess Beer is among the eight volunteers currently devoting their time to the clinic. 16051110

New Zealander Dr Jess Beer’s love for animals all began when she was still a child.


The veterinarian, who describes herself as “a girl who lives life one dream at a time,” left her home in New Zealand with an aim of providing veterinary care to animals in the Cook Islands by helping out at the Esther Honey Foundation.

Beer says she began dreaming of becoming a vet when she was just three years old, and years later, that dream came true.

She said being able to help out at the Esther Honey clinic was “fantastic.”

“It’s been pretty amazing getting to see really cool thing that I wouldn’t see in my own country and meeting other volunteers who are also here doing the same thing as we get to exchange ideas.”

She said her volunteering stint had so far been a hectic, yet enjoyable affair.

“Every day our duty is to make sure that animals are cleaned, fed and checked and some of them need medication.

 “We discuss all the cases so everyone knows what they going to do and once all the animals are cleaned and fed then we move to the surgery.

“The surgery is the fun bit for me. We do some desexing to stop more puppies and kittens being born.”

Beer said the number of cases she dealt with in a day could vary tremendously.

“We’ve had some quiet days where there were about four or five cases and then one day last week we must have had eight patients and we did nine surgeries. You never know whether it’s going to be quiet or busy.”

She said she had so enjoyed the time she had spent on Rarotonga and it had been a great way to get to know other volunteers who had also donated their time to the clinic’s valuable work.

“I think it’s an amazing opportunity because a lot of us (volunteers) got into this profession to help animals and it’s just wonderful that there’s an organisation that allow us to help them when that help is really needed.

“The interesting part is when everyone come and works together. It’s good to see everyone working together for the same cause, and it’s great to be part of it.”

Beer will be in the Cook Islands for two weeks


  • Comment Link Colleen Jagger Monday, 23 May 2016 20:35 posted by Colleen Jagger

    Hi, i work at one of aucklands hospitals on the shore would you be interested in disposable instruments, they can't be used on humans but ok for animals. I have soaked them in the same solution as what we clean our flexi ent scopes in. They can be used up to 10 times just email me and I could send them to you, I would like to help as much as i can. My husband works for a pet cremation company in Auckland and the spca thought it would be a good idea to get in contact, which would benefit a great cause .

    Colleen Jagger

  • Comment Link awesome Thursday, 19 May 2016 05:36 posted by awesome

    Id be keen to do some volunteering Im not a vet but love animals always can clean, feed etc i am am a newly retired regd. Nurse regards Denise

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