She loves a challenge, especially when it involves using high tech machinery and dealing with critical care patients! But she also loves explaining things, especially when she can use her artistic skills!

Sound unique? Meet the one and only Dr Vickie Saye, Clinical Director, Veterinarian at ARH Canberra – Emergency.

Let’s get to know Vickie a little more.

What inspired you to become a veterinarian and then go onto specialise in emergency and critical care?

The usual ‘I love animals’, fortunately I also liked being a vet!  Drawn to ECC for the types and difficulty of cases.

What is still your biggest challenge with being an emergency medicine clinician?

Dealing with GPs that have a poor appreciation of the work we do, and the high-level skill set that is entailed.

What is it about emergency and critical care that you enjoy the most?

I enjoy the challenge of ECC cases and feeling like you’re making a big difference in the frontline. Also getting to use a lot of the high-tech gadgets like ventilators.  Finally, I enjoy decision making under pressure where it matters if you get it wrong.

Are you working on any projects at the moment?

Am moving to Hong Kong next year so trying to figure out where my career will go there. Potentially into biomedical engineering as there is little capacity for me to specialise over there.  Will also investigate a lecturing position at HK university in veterinary medicine.

What do you enjoy about teaching?

Listening to a question, being able to explain the answer simply and clearly, and watching for nonverbal cues that they understand. I really love to explain things, especially if it involves drawing something!

How do you spend your days off?

Reading about GP practice at the moment! Otherwise looking after my elderly dog and my puppy who has hip dysplasia.  Some gaming and hopefully some archery when the weather warms up.

Why not come to Wagga Wagga and meet Dr Vicki Saye at the Practical Skills Bootcamp, November 8-10, 2018. You might even get her to draw something by way of an explanation! But you can be sure that all your questions will be answered in a very clear, simple, practical way. Register today HERE. For more information, check out the brochure.

Contact information: [email protected]

Written by Alison Caiafa