West Queanbeyan Veterinary Hospital, NSW
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Job titleWhat's in a title anyway? Mine changes from day to day. Some days it's "Assistant Head Nurse" (I'm the assistant because I lack opposable thumbs), "Expert chicken tester", "Cardboard quality control manager", and "World's Most Expensive Clinic Cat". I prefer "Insta-celeb" myself. My current title is "Norma, No!"
My clinic dutiesAs we all know, every day in the clinic is different. My main duties include staff supervision, appearing in inappropriate locations (sterile surgery, anyone?), hospital blogger, screaming, taste testing all roast chicken and cat food, more screaming, reception duties, and providing moral support. I also have a very special interest in bird welfare. I personally oversee each bird case.
My favourite thingsI am very particular about my favourite things. If anything of mine moves or is out of the ordinary, I must scream at someone about it. Right now, my favourite things are: roast chicken, my tunnel, my water fountain, roast chicken, my cardboard lounger, roast chicken, and my warmest bed.
My naughtiest habitNaughty? How rude. I prefer to call them quirks. I once drank out of the toilet. I have a penchant for ingesting foreign objects (surgery was tough, but I pulled through!), re-applying hair to de-linted linen and scrub tops, and begging for food even though my bowl has food in it. Right now my favourite hobby is using expensive prescription food bags as nail sharpeners, which usually means I get the food!
What makes me an important part of the team?I recently wrote a blog post about this very subject! 1. Some days it’s super chaotic and noisy in the hospital. It can only take one young pup who wants to practice her singing, and next thing you know … ALL of the surgical patients are joining in!!! I must keep my cool even when the walls are vibrating from the howling. HAHA. I must not be spooked when dogs growl at me … Because, as a good clinic cat, I stand tall and proud in the face of fear. 2. I am inquisitive and very food motivated. I like to know what is happening in the clinic around me and I am easily trained. But I also know that there are some places that I’m not allowed to roam … Because as a good clinic cat, I must understand boundaries and have some manners. 3. I bring joy to the clinic. I can have the attention of an entire room in an instant simply by falling off my cat scratcher. I run crazy laps around the clinic getting as many people as I can to follow me (mostly to my food bowl) for no reason. I make my team laugh- simply by being myself. And I have my own blog!!!! HOW MANY REGULAR CATS CAN SAY THAT???!!!!!! Because, as a good clinic cat, I know that it’s important to keep the people who feed me happy. 4. (The Most important reason): Some days, life in a vet hospital can be difficult. I mean REALLY difficult. We are there when families say their final goodbyes. We see traumatic injuries, unexpected illness and old age. And, I’ve seen plenty of grown men break down and cry as they give their best mate one last pat. There are days where our patients cross the “Rainbow Bridge” after we have spent hours, days, weeks and sometimes, years treating them. And I see the impact that has on my Veterinary family. They care deeply, and no decision is ever made easily. This means that at any moment I could be scooped up into someone’s arms because they find comfort from placing their (sometimes teary) faces into my soft fur. I purr gently and nuzzle them for as long as they want … Because, as a good clinic cat, I know that they need me. So, I guess I’ve realised that- even though I didn’t apply for the position of “Clinic Cat” at WQVH- I turned out to be the purrfect fit for this job…. Because, what I do as a good clinic cat, makes a big difference in the lives of the Staff who spend so much time caring for other people’s pets.
Other things you should know about me
I have my own instagram @norma_nursecat, I run a monthly blog on westqueanbeyanvet.com.au, I represent a local collar bling brand @collarfun, and I have cost my clinic about $3000 in surgery in the two short years I've been here. I've been trained to "high-five", "sit", and to go where I am pointed to go around a room!