Our Animal Ambulance Officer.
Animal Welfare League NSW has launched its Animal Ambulance service to assist our Inspectors with rescuing sick and injured animals. Supporting the AWL NSW Inspectorate, the AWL NSW Animal Ambulance Officer is critical in transporting animals to receive urgent treatment and care. The AWL NSW Animal Ambulance Officer also assists the AWL NSW Inspectorate with emergencies, evacuation management, natural disasters and helping with AWL NSW community programs.
Formerly one of our amazing Animal Attendants, Kim Watkins has extensive knowledge of animal handling and is helping more and more animals in need as the AWL NSW Animal Ambulance Officer. We had a quick chat with Kim to learn more about what a ‘normal day’ might look like and to learn what she loves most in her new role.
What motivated you to work at AWL NSW?
All my work history to date has been working with animals. I made the decision to join the team at AWL NSW as I knew I could have a more hands-on role which enabled me to be more proactive in the community and have a bigger impact in helping animals and their owners.
What does an average day on the job look like for you?
That is a question I cannot really answer as every day is so different and every day has a different challenge or outcome. This is what keeps me inspired to come to work every day.
Is there a favourite rescue story you would like to share?
My favourite rescue was a call from the public regarding a little Poodle x that had got himself stuck in a children’s soccer net in his backyard and was distressed. Our Inspectorate were able to cut him free which resulted in the dog being a little bruised and embarrassed. For the next half an hour while waiting for his owner to arrive home, he spent the whole time apologising and thanking us with his kisses. He knew we had helped him.
What is your favourite and least favourite part of the job?
My favourite part of the job is being able to save and help animals, and to educate owners in a positive way. My least favourite part of the job is when I am sadly unable to save the animal.
Do you have any pets?
I have four Welsh ponies, two chickens, two Netherland Dwarf rabbits, a cat and a dog. What do you like to do in your spare time? In my (lack of) spare time I like to show my ponies and spend as much time with family and friends.
Why do you think that AWL NSW is so important?
AWL NSW is important as we don’t just help, save and rescue animals but we also educate owners and the greater community on all aspects of animal care and welfare.
Do you have any advice for anyone looking to work in the industry?
If you have a genuine passion for animals and people, step up as you can make a real difference and it is the best feeling in the world.