From starting out as a cleaner at a veterinary clinic in Sydney, Tamara Morley-Clarke has worked her way to the top of her industry.
The Orange Veterinary Hospital nurse was awarded 2018 Vet Nurse of the Year on Friday in recognition of almost 20 years of outstanding service.
Nominated by a colleague, Mrs Morley-Clarke admitted it was “a bit of a surprise”.
“It’s very nice to get the recognition, I certainly wasn’t expecting it,” she said.
Awarded by the Veterinary Nurses Council of Australia (VNCA) the annual awards acknowledge and celebrate nurses who have provided exceptional service, deliver the highest possible standard of care and occupy a pivotal position in a veterinary health care team.
Your ultimate goal is your patient so you’re always asking ‘how do I achieve the best outcome?'Tamara Morley-Clarke
Mrs Morley-Clarke said to do well as a vet nurse it was important to be a bit of an all-rounder.
“You have to have an understanding of patients’, co-workers’ and clients’ needs and dedication to what you’re doing,” she said.
“Your ultimate goal is your patient so you’re always asking ‘how do I achieve the best outcome?’”
Mrs Morley-Clarke’s colleagues at the vet hospital said she was an exceptional employee and a dedicated vet nurse.
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Nurse Elle Cropley said she nominated Mrs Morley-Clarke after working alongside her for the last two years.
She said even after the short list of nominees had been announced the win had come as a shock.
“It was a massive surprise and very emotional,” she said.
With 15 years at Molong clinic, Mrs Morley-Clarke said there’s still enough challenges to keep her interested.
“It’s a job that makes me want to keep going to work every day,” she said.
Outside of work, Mrs Morley-Clarke tends to sheep, cattle, chickens, birds and alpacas on her 20-hectare property.
“It compliments the job but each role gives me a break from the other,” she said.
For her achievements, the vet nurses council will provide Mrs Morley-Clarke with full registration to a vet nurse conference in 2019, which includes flights to Brisbane, three nights accommodation and a gift pack.
She will also receive a personalised trophy and have her name engraved on the VNCA perpetual trophy.
The VNCA is a not-for-profit organisation that offers support, direction and representation for veterinary nurses.
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