Helping animals a dream job for New Zealand veterinarian

Sunday 15 May 2016 | Published in Local

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Helping animals a dream job for New Zealand veterinarian
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