Cat is just a fabulous vet and person. She is hands down the best vet I've ever worked with, she inspires me to be the best vet I can be,and we are really lucky that she has chosen to dedicate her career to working in our charity hospital. I'm not too sure how long she's been with us, a long time, I have worked there for 10 years and a lot longer than me so I would guess at 20 years? She is a fantastic surgeon, does many of our more complex soft tissue and orthopaedic cases, and she absolutely loves it. She gets very excited when a good surgery case comes in.
Most of our clients (and of course stray patients) do not have the option of referral but we don't have to worry because we've got Cat to sort them out! She is a positive person with a can-do attitude and is really good at encouraging all of us to try new surgeries and procedures. Her knowledge of anatomy is astounding, I find I can't remember so much of what I learnt at vet school but she knows her stuff. She is really dedicated to the patients and clients, she has maintained her faith in the good nature of most people, which sometimes can be a challenge in the veterinary charity world. This year has been a tough year for us, as for everyone, but with additional sadness of RSPCA redundancies and losing our sister hospital across the water in south London. Everyone has struggled with this, including Cat I know, but she remains upbeat and in the moment for our patients doing the best we can for them.
She has a great sense of humour (whilst still being efficient and professional) and we always have a laugh when at work, something so important in these tough times. This prize is right up Cat's street, I know that she loves the vet festival, has been before, would happily rock up by herself with a tent, and chat to folk, and have a lovely time! She loves camping and being outdoors. I just saw it and thought of her.