In October, we published a feature on Cutting Edge graduate Annette Vindenes.

It told how Annette, who is an emergency vet in our Gateshead clinic, was given the green light to go to Australia to undertake a six-month placement in veterinary hospitals and clinics in and around Sydney.

Annette promised to keep a diary of her experiences on the other side of the world.

In this, her first two entries, Annette tells how she quickly settled into Australian life and gives an insight into her first week as a veterinary surgeon down under.