I grew up on a property in Far North Queensland, it was pretty lonely where we lived. We had chickens which I loved but what I really wanted was a dog. I begged Mum and Dad for years to get me a puppy and finally one day, when I was about 9 years old, they gave in and we got Sasha.
Not long after, my parents decided we were going to buy a boat and sail around Australia. So, it was Mum, Dad, me and Sash. It was pretty boring on board, I was home schooled, mum was my teacher and Sasha was everything to me. While other girls had sleep overs and went to princess parties, I played on the deck of our boat with my dog. Sasha was my bestie, it was us against the world.
It was from that young age that I knew I was going to be a vet. It was this connection that I shared with Sasha as a child that steered the direction of my career and life. Having had this special bond with her, I understand the impact a pet can have on someone’s life. For some their pet is the most wonderful friend they have.
Dr Claire, animal lover, mum and veterinarian, has always been fascinated with the connection and love shared between pets and their owners.
“Our pets are our companions, sometimes they are the most reliable and reassuring friends that we have. Throughout my career I’ve been captivated by the beautiful connection humans have with their dogs and cats, and the positive impact these relationships have on our general well-being.”
Working on the frontline in practice and as a trainer for vets in improving their consultation skills, Dr Claire has a strong passion for the industry.
“Having been in practice for over 10 years, I see an opportunity for vets to be even more brilliant than they already are and that is through developing their communication skills.
Connecting on an emotional level with pet owners in the consult room is essential in providing first class veterinary care and is something that’s often overlooked in our training.”
Dr Claire is a Saxton Speaker, based in the Gold Coast and is passionate about community, connection and of course, ensuring a healthy, long and happy life for our pets. She is also the proud veterinary ambassador of Hypro Premium Dog Food.
Certificate of Veterinary Public Health – The University of Sydney
Master Certificate in Business and Communication Skills – The Coaching Institute, Melbourne