As a newly qualified veterinarian, I was fortunate enough to be placed at SA.MAST to complete my compulsory community service (CCS) year. Having no idea of what to expect and what challenges I might have to face working in Khayelitsha, I soon realized how privileged I was to work here.
I was welcomed with open arms on my first day at SA.MAST and soon became part of the family. I was privileged enough to be mentored by Dr. Miles Penfold for the first 2 months and thereafter, by Dr. Rushda Khan. Both of them are incredible veterinarians and individuals and I learned so much from them.
It is such a nice environment to work in as a veterinarian. We have a great practice managing system in place which allows us to work together as a team. Every contribution from the team, even simple things such as cleaning cages, adds to SA.MAST being a success.
As a newly qualified veterinarian, I have been exposed to a wide variety of cases and learned to work with what I have at my disposal in order to help every patient to the best of my abilities. I have quickly developed and improved my surgical skills due to the great amount of sterilizations and other soft tissue surgeries I do on a daily basis. I can therefore say that my love for surgery significantly developed.
Even though some days can be tough and some cases heart breaking, the success stories and affect that our hard work shows in the community definitely makes up for it. It was incredible for me to witness what a big difference SA.MAST has already made in this community. None of this would have been possible without Tamsin Nel and her team who has put in so much time, effort and money into making SA.MAST the success it is today and I admire them for that.
So far working at SA.MAST has been an incredible journey for me. I could not have asked for a better place to complete my CCS year. I am forever grateful for the way that the SA.MAST team made me part of their family.
I only see greatness for SA.MAST in the future and I am happy to be part of the process.