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I worked at Whyalla Vets for 3 weeks and found it an unforgettable experience. Whyalla Vets is a great practice for new graduates to learn due to its high and varied case loads, the genuine support given by nurses, great enthusiasm and passion shown by all staff and most importantly the willingness by Andrew to act as a mentor and teacher. For new graduates who are afraid of overly anxious and overly critical senior vets hanging over your shoulder picking out every single little mistake, Andrew is relaxed enough to give you a free rein in most cases. For vets who are focused on animal welfare and providing a high standard of service to their clients, Whyalla vets prides itself in establishing long and solid relationships with all its clients as well as running its own rehoming programme. For the staunch environmentalists, Whyalla Vets is carbon neutral and is passionate about preserving the environment for our future generations.

But hold on, life in Whyalla is not all about work! There is no need to worry about isolation and loneliness at Whyalla: The people of Whyalla are so friendly and easy going that in no time at all you find yourself making lots of new friends. Whyalla is no backwater little country town and most of your daily conveniences will be easily met. In addition, Adelaide is never too far away if you needed that ‘city break’. Recreationally, get ready for beach, sun and fun! South Australia has one of the most unspoilt and beautiful coastlines I have seen in Australia. Dolphin sightings are commonplace. Snorkelling, fishing and swimming is a must. For the more adventurous, parasailing is an interesting alternative. More often than not, you can get the whole sparkling white sandy beach to yourself. For travellers enjoying road trips, the rest of South Australia is literally your playground with an entire coastline to explore as well as the inland deserts and Flinders ranges.

Whyalla Vets is a practice that genuinely supports its new vets while still relaxed enough to give you a free rein; that emphasises on environmental conservation and promoting animal welfare; that focuses on establishing client-vet relationships and rehoming programmes and is a practice that allows you to have a life outside of work.

"For new graduates who are afraid of overly anxious and overly critical senior vets hanging over your shoulder picking out every single little mistake, Andrew is relaxed enough to give you a free rein in most cases." Hao Guo

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Sydney University, Sydney.

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