FACES OF BUNDY: Passion for animals of all sizes
IN THE tradition of Humans of New York, the NewsMail is launching a new series - Faces of Bundy.
Each Monday we'll tell the stories of familiar - and some unfamiliar - residents in the Bundaberg region.
Bundaberg South Vet Clinic owner Clarence Bere has a passion for all animals, great and small. The Zimbabwean-born man spoke to journalist Ashley Clark about the highlights and lowlights of his career.
I am 33 years old. I'm originally from Zimbabwe and came to Australia in 2007.
As a child, I didn't grow up with many animals. I grew up in some of the lower socioeconomic areas called townships. These are areas where you get just enough for yourself. There is no room for animals. That's where I spent most of my childhood.
I have been a vet in Bundaberg since I moved here in 2009.
I love to work with people and I love to work with animals. As much as a vet is all about the animals, we also have a lot to do with people as well.
The highlights of being a vet are the things that make me feel really good in the short term, like cases that we get immediate results for. We also get some satisfaction from a continual management of conditions. Making sure animals are always comfortable, especially in chronic conditions - things where you don't see results tomorrow but are a progression into health.
The negative aspect would probably be the money side of it all. Everything costs money. Unfortunately, because of that, there are limits because we can only do what people can afford. It is disappointing to everyone involved in most cases.
I don't have one favourite animal. I love different animals for different reasons. Those I find really amazing are the wildlife that are in environments that you can't even think of how they do it.
For example, an oryx. They are desert animals that are like reindeer. We see them in the middle of the Sahara Desert where there is nothing but they still manage to stay in good condition. It is just amazing how they do it.
In Australia I like the gliders. I find them to be quite amazing because I had never really seen anything like that growing up in Africa. They usually come in with torn skin from getting caught in barbed wire or twigs. They heal pretty good.