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Tails of a Shelter Vet

September 20, 2019

Get to know Dr Elena Latch as she shows us how your support keeps the animal shelter running.

  1. 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 2 nurses.
  2. 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 more.
  3. 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!
  4. 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.
  5. 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. 
  6. 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.