Shamilla Gebru has always loved animals but the moment she truly knew she wanted to work with them was when she had the opportunity to volunteer in Mexico. Shamilla was lucky to volunteer in a gorgeous small town helping a local vet which saw many different cases, from simple vaccinations to serious cases such as pets who had been hit by cars. When she moved back to Perth Shamilla continued her volunteer work, but this time with a couple of local dog shelters. Having never really had pets growing up this was her chance to be able to spend time and give her love to so many beautiful pups. “It is so nice to be able to help and be there for animals in moments when they need us the most. They are precious creatures and we are so lucky to have them as companions”, she says. Volunteering at the shelters only reinforced Shamilla’s desire of wanting to work with animals.
From the moment Shamilla started her nursing course she knew that wanted to work in emergency medicine. As part of her course, Shamilla was excited to do her practical work with us and since then hasn’t left! “I was lucky enough to get an opportunity to do my nursing prac at Perth Vet Emergency which then turned into a job”, she explains.
During her time with us, Shamilla has seen many memorable cases, but one is close to her heart. A little Dachshund with a severe case of anaphylaxis when the team needed to perform CPR and ventilation, and whose quick recover just blew everyone away and always had her tail wagging!
If you can’t see Shamilla in the hospital, you will most likely find her taking her pup to her local dog park or down by the river where her pup will sit for hours watching the waves. Shamilla also spends her free time with family and friends, as well as doing aerial classes.