Dr Taleta Hompas has been a veterinarian for over 10 years, with more than half her career dedicated to emergency medicine. Due to her husband’s military career, Taleta has been lucky enough to work in some of the best emergency hospitals along the Eastern seaboard, including two years at Animal Emergency Service in Queensland and as a part-owner and Director of Canberra’s Veterinary Emergency Service.
Taleta thrives on the variety, complexity and minute-to-minute challenges emergency medicine brings and loves the opportunity to help animals and their humans when they are most in need.
“I love the diversity and variety of cases working as an emergency vet brings. No two shifts are ever the same and the greatest challenge is being prepared for whatever walks through the door. Working in emergency and critical care also gives you the opportunity to make an enormous difference in patients’ and clients’ lives. It is a privilege to be there to help them when they need it the most,” Taleta explains her love of emergency medicine.
All of the patients Taleta has seen hold a special place in her heart, but there is one case that does stand out. One Christmas Taleta tended to a Staffy who had eaten a topiary tree of chocolate eclairs pinned to it – wrappers and pins included! During the surgery to remove all the inedibles, 45 pins were removed from his stomach!
Not only an experienced vet, Taleta enjoys triathlons in her spare time and has a large family of both the two-legged and four-legged kind. This includes two bionic Border Collies, an adorable Ragdoll cat, a MiniLoop rabbit, as well as two non-furred children, all of which definitely keep her busy.
“Being an emergency vet gives me the ability to have the best of both worlds. I love coming to work at nights and weekends, then I can change hats and be a mum during the day,” Taleta says.