Furry patients adore new vet
WITH the significant growth in the Flinders View area, there has been a steady increase in services available in the local area.
One of the most recent is the opening yesterday of the Flinders View Veterinary Surgery. It has been a bold move by Dr Andrew Hemming, who has established the practice.
It has already been paying off, with pet owners coming in before it was officially opened.
"It has always been a dream of mine to open my own practice - this is the perfect opportunity," Dr Hemming said.
"I have had about 10 to 12 calls a day already and that has just been through getting some leaflets out and people being aware of us opening."
With the official opening out of the way, and now to day two, he is expecting a good response.
Flinders View Veterinary Surgery is located in the Winston Glades Shopping Centre, just near Charlie the Cod.
Dr Hemming graduated in 2005 and went into an intensive training position. It was here he learnt many skills around emergency and critical care, and he brings a wealth of experience to his own practice through this and other experiences.
"I went to Tasmania into a mixed practice for about two and a half years and then travelled around Australia as a locum vet. I settled into Ipswich and have been working in the area for some time," he said.
Opening his own practice has given Dr Hemming a real sense of reflecting his own core values and beliefs.
"It means being able to do your own thing and client communication, care and bringing my own personality to it is really important. I am a happy person and I care about the pets," he said.
Above all he is keen for it to be a fun place to be and that is reflected in the choice of his mascot, Fred, who is a big brown dog and is prominent in the practice.
"I am doing my own after-hours work and this is unusual in the area. I am used to long hours and I love it. It is a real reward when someone comes in with a very sick animal and it is helped and recovers - that is awesome," Dr Hemming said.
The practice is also promoting a cat adoption program, with all cats de-sexed, vaccinated and chipped.
In addition, Dr Hemming has an in-house laboratory to carry out his own blood tests.
There is the usual x-ray service, surgical and medical facilities and he is investigating an ultrasound unit.
He is establishing a puppy pre-school for 8-16 weeks old and it will be a four-week course.
"I always wanted to be a vet. It is what I am destined to do. I have two dogs, two cats, birds, fish and chickens. I had to become a vet to look after my own lot," he quipped.
The motto is "The Pet's Choice", and there is no doubt that your pets will be in good hands.
Flinders View Veterinary Surgery is open Monday to Friday 8am-6pm and Saturday 8.30am-noon. The after hours service is available at all other times. Phone 3294 1773.