Emma Barnes – Vet Bio
Our team here at Oakhill are dedicated to the health and care of your pets and so, we thought, you would like to know a little more about each of them. Every month, we will be featuring an interview with one of our fantastic team members and sharing their stories and some interesting facts about them with you. Let’s start with one of our newest small animal vets, Emma Barnes.
What made you want to become a vet?
For me there was no charming story of a young girl who’s only desire was to be a vet. It was a career that snuck up on me over my childhood and by the time I came to selecting university courses it just seemed like the natural path for me to choose. I have always had pets growing up and the house was always bustling with dogs, cats, rabbits, guinea pigs and many more. I had a Saturday job working at a kennels, an evening job mucking out stables and my hobbies included breeding and showing my pedigree guinea pigs. When I considered career options, none seemed to fit as well as veterinary medicine.
Where did you study?
I studied veterinary medicine at the University of Liverpool from 2012-2017.
What do you enjoy most about being a vet?
The variety of this job allows me to come to work every day with the knowledge that I will see something different and learn something new. I love meeting clients and their pets, and helping them wherever I can; answering questions, supporting them through illness and sending them home with waggy tails, happy purrs or excited squeaks.
Do you have any pets?
I think you will be hard pressed to find a vet that hasn’t opened up their own homes to animals big and small who find themselves in need of a loving home. My first addition to our home was Lucy, a beautiful (although I suppose I would say that) old tortoiseshell cat, who found herself in need of a home after a nasty leg fracture left her in need of an amputation. She spends her days snoozing on the sofa, making the most of a mostly peaceful retirement.
The next cat to join the family was Laurie, who came into my care after a lorry driver found her as a 4 week old kitten hiding under his drivers cab. Cheeky and full of beans she certainly keeps us on our toes. And finally, my childhood pet tortoise, Sheldon, who spends his days speeding (trust me he is fast), round my living room chasing the cats, will be celebrating his twelfth birthday this coming year.
What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
Between work (and my own trio) I enjoy reading, and playing board and card games and try, when possible, to go to watch the football.