In the mornings the ACT assists the hospital nurse with their morning TPRs (temperature, pulse and respiration) on the hospital patients who have stayed overnight. We help the nurses by restraining the animals comfortably ensuring the animal and the nurses are safe whilst the patient is being checked over. Once the assessment is completed The TPR and other observations are recorded. The hospital patients are then ready to be taken out on their morning walks and weighed. They are then showered with pats and cuddles and then put back in their runs/cages. We then help the nurses prepare their breakfasts.
Some days the clinic receives wildlife brought in by members of the public who they have found injured, sick or alone. The most common wildlife that comes through our clinic are possums and birds, but every day is different. On rare occasions, we have had turtles and ducklings in as well. It is the ACT’s job to give all the wildlife water and the correct food. Giving them cages with perches, boxes and blankets to hide in and provide them with active warming. This is done for them to be ready to be checked over by a vet and assessed.
At the end of the day once all the surgeries and consults are completed the ACT cleans the theatre and the treatment tables. Once everything is cleaned, restocked and packed up, The ACT does another check at cat boarding before leaving the clinic making sure they are ok. The ACT and the late treatment nurse then shut down the clinic ready for the next busy day full of furry cute patients.
Written by Eboni Sheridan, Animal Caretaker