Cutting Edge vet talks about his career journey and ambitions for the future
At Vets Now, we value the diversity of our staff — it’s inherent to who we are.
One of our greatest sources of pride is the many experienced vets who have joined us from Europe because of their desire to learn emergency and critical care from some of the leading specialists in the field.
Pablo Vergara Vilbazo, from Tegueste on the Spanish island of Tenerife, is the latest vet to embark on this journey.
In this Q&A, he explains why he joined Vets Now and what he’s hoping to achieve after completing our Cutting Edge induction programme.
What’s your background?
I grew up in a small town in Tenerife where people like to harvest many crops, and there is a lot of vineyards and small family wineries. It’s one of those traditional places where you can go to someone’s house and they’ll give you their wine and food for free.
When did you decide to become a vet?
I’ve always been interested in watching animal documentaries and I’ve always had a strong love of the countryside. But I suppose I decided to become a vet when watching my dog getting old and wanting to help her with her health issues.
Where did you go to university?
I studied in the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, on an island next to Tenerife.
How did you end up at Vets Now?
When I graduated I wanted to improve my English and gain work experience so I did a postgraduate scholarship in Edinburgh. I fell in love with the city and its culture as well as the history. I worked in various different fields of veterinary medicine but ended up in a hospital doing ECC in Tenerife which I found hugely rewarding. My partner is Scottish and she got tired of the beautiful weather and convinced me to come back to Scotland.
Why did you choose to do the Cutting Edge programme?
I have a couple of friends who work for Vets Now and they recommended Cutting Edge. Given my previous experience in ECC, I thought it would be perfect for me.
Where do you see yourself in five years?
I’d like to develop my career by doing a certificate in cardiology, and as I see it, working in emergency at Vets Now and completing the Cutting Edge programme will provide me with the time and hands-on work experience I need.
What do you do in your spare time?
I like to be outdoors doing things like mountain biking, hiking, rock climbing, bird watching, and having barbecues. Indoors I enjoy watching films and reading.
What’s the most exciting thing you’ve ever done?
Travelling around the world for nine months. I remember one incident in Dresden, Germany, over the Christmas period. It was -10ºC outside so I visited a spa with my brother. While in the sauna a man came in and started fanning the heat with a towel. Everyone was melting but I was told they would get very upset if we opened the door and tried to leave. We endured it for 10 minutes before running outside on to the roof of the spa to cool down. It was at that point I saw snow for the first time. It was a great experience.