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.