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This month for our Q&A profile we chat with Susie and Susan from District Vets, Maleny.

1. Where did you grow up?

Susie – Elimbah, QLD

Susan – Sydney, then lived in many states after finishing uni

2. What made you move to Sunshine Coast?

Susie – I wanted my daughters to grow up away from the hustle and bustle, exploring and enjoying life outside. Plus, the space… to house all my animals!

Susan – I knew a lot about the Coast from visiting my Nan and Pop and cousins growing up. My partner, at the time, took a job on the Coast and I followed him.

3. What does a 'typical' day entail for you?

Susie – Each day we have our routine things like, consults, surgery, anaesthetics, treatments etc but we don’t really get “typical”. The day can go any which way at any time, and you’ve just got to roll with it. I was never a sceptic before but now, whatever you do, DO NOT say it’s “quiet”! I can guarantee you, it won’t be for long!

Susan – This should be more, our ‘ideal’ day! The aim is consults in the morning and afternoon with the middle of the day set aside for procedures such as surgery, dentals, Xrays, ultrasounds.

4. Do you have any funny or sweet animal stories to share?

Susie – I’ve taken on a “special needs” pup, affectionately named “Pickle”.

He’s the sweetest little dude! The bond we have is special and while our journey together hasn’t always been easy, I wouldn’t change the decision I made. To be able to love and care for an animal in need is a privilege.

Pickle has an incredible love for life and everyone and everything in it. He’s a daily reminder that while life isn’t always easy, if there’s a will, there’s a way.

Susan – like all vets, there are so many. The common theme is that animals can do the unexpected things at any time, and that there is a special unique bond between an owner and their pet – be it dog, cat, small fluffy, scaley or feathered friend. So, so precious.

5. What do you like to do in your spare time?

Susie – Spend time with my family and animals!

Susan – spending time with my girls and my kids (2 ridgies and a moggie). I love hiking the mountains and trails and listening to live music, doing ParkRun most Saturdays and my new challenge, learning to tap.

6. Do you have a favourite quote which inspires you?

Susie – We can’t heal the world today, but we can begin with a voice of compassion, a heart of love, an act of kindness.

Susan – We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals – Immanuel Kant

District Vets Maleny, 7 Myrtle St, Maleny / Ph: 5499 9077



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