Hi, I'm Dr Alex Avery. To help me to succeed in my mission of helping you and your pet live healthier, happier lives, I want to tell you a little about myself. It is only through knowing a person that you can form a meaningful relationship with them and develop trust, which is such a vital part in any healthcare situation. After all, why should you pay any attention to what I have to say?
I graduated from Vet School at the University of Bristol in the UK in 2006 and went straight into general mixed practice. It was a great first environment to be involved in with enough support and mentoring that my practical skills, clinical reasoning and communication skills developed rapidly.
At the same time I was challenged to work through complicated medical and surgical problems as well as deal with emergencies and after hours calls at all times of the day and night. I still remember my first emergency calls; a dog suffering from a bee sting allergy and a cat who had a broken lower jaw that needed to be repaired.
After 3 years I moved into exclusive companion animal practice in New Zealand, where I remained as head vet for 5 years until another move took me back to the UK and into a very busy first opinion companion animal practice. After two years in this 9 vet progressive practice, I returned to New Zealand at the end of 2016.
I have been very fortunate to work with some excellent vet and nurse colleagues who have challenged me to remain up-to-date with the fast paced development of veterinary practice, helped also by participating in hundreds of hours of training courses, workshops, web lectures and discussion groups. At the same time I have served a wide variety of patients and their owners. As a general practitioner I enjoy the variety that comes with this role and I am used to dealing with a large range of problems, both medical and surgical, as well as working with clients from different backgrounds as well as with different budgets and expectations to try and formulate the best possible plan for each individual patient.
When resources are unlimited there is very often a clear path that can be taken to maximise the chance of a successful outcome but what happens when a piece of equipment or specialist technique is not available locally or the cost of a certain intervention too high? This, I believe, is where the art of veterinary medicine comes in. Knowing how best to utilise the resources that are available in the most appropriate manner and so allow our pets to get back up and running as soon as possible. This is my over-riding goal. To serve my patients and clients to the best of my ability so they can enjoy a healthier, happier life.
Of course, I have pets of my own and so as an owner I can see how important they are and I know first hand how they form an integral part of my family. I grew up with animals always in the house. Spaniels Finn, Guiness and Fergus along with Sneeky the cat were my childhood companions and since then I have adopted a few waifs and strays myself over the years. Trigger a deaf cat with a very loud miaow. Stella a shy three legged cat and Pinot a bold kitten who was dumped by the local river with his litter mates. Our newest furry family members are two kittens Molly and Milly. They are great fun and are thankfully very tolerant of being carried everywhere, being pushed around in the pram and generally woken up and wrestled from their bed to be played with by my young children. We wouldn't be without them and hope that we are lucky enough for them to share our lives for many years to come.
I want to provide your pet with what I hope to be able to provide mine: as healthy and happy a life as possible with the best treatment for whatever life may throw at them.
I know you feel they same way about your own dogs and cats.
I hope that you will allow me to share with you my many years of experience treating and preventing sickness, disease and injury in our pet population.
Our Pets Health: your pet, our family.