Veterinary Nurse Courtney Liddy has been surrounded animals since she was a little girl, following her dream to become a nurse through to fruition. Now she is passing on her love for animals to others as a teacher for the recently registered Certificate II in Animal Studies.
What was a recent highlight of your life?
Gaining registration for the Certificate II in Animal Studies at CQUniversity.
What is your first memory?
Sitting up on the stable door at my great-grandmother’s with my Uncle Steve, while he and the local vet, Dr. Bruce Pott (who would later become my first boss) stomach drenched the racehorses before raceday. I don’t think I was any older than four years of age.
What do you like the most about your role?
For as long as I can remember, I wanted to either teach or be a veterinary nurse. My job at CQUni allows me to be both.
Who has made an impact on your life? Why?
My former bosses at The Townsville Veterinary Clinic & North Queensland Specialist Equine Service, Dr. Bruce Pott, Dr. Brad Dowling and Dr. Ben Ledez. They set the standard for veterinary nursing and patient care high and taught me to be so much more than ‘just a nurse’.
What’s the biggest way a student has inspired you?
Simply telling me they were loving the course so far. Having written all of the resources myself and doing it for the first time, I had a certain amount of self-doubt as to whether they were good enough. To have someone who is currently studying them tell me they were great, was an amazing feeling and all the recognition I needed.
What is a motto or phrase that you live by?
Even on the worst days, there is a possibility for joy.
If you had no responsibilities where would you be right now?
The Weatherford Equine Medical/Breeding Centre – one of the leading equine veterinary hospitals in the United States.