Get to know Dr Elena Latch as she shows us how your support keeps the animal shelter running.
On a typical day, how many vets and how
many nurses are working in the shelter? On
a weekday we have 4-5 vets and 6-7 nurses working. On weekends it’s 2 vets and
What inspired you to become a Vet? I have always found joy and comfort
around animals, I want to help the helpless and be in a career
constantly challenging and evolving, being a vet is all that and much
Do you own any pets yourself? Yes, I have one cat, Mango, who is eight years old. He
is cheeky and motivated only by food!
How long have you worked at The Lost
Dogs’ Home and what do you love most about working here? I have worked at The Lost Dogs’ Home for 7.5 years. I
love every day being different, new animals to help and heal, more second
chances and challenges.
Have you worked in any interesting areas?
Remote country areas with farm stock? Worked in emergency or critical care? I was a vet nurse at an emergency centre during
my Uni years. I thoroughly enjoyed it and cannot measure how much I learnt. During
Uni I had placement all over Victoria from Port Fairy to Moe, working with dairy
cows, alpacas, horses and so many more.
Which areas of veterinary care are you
most interested in? I
really enjoy dentistry and dermatology cases but my real passion is ‘shelter
medicine’ and I believe that’s where I will continue to further education and
my career focus.