Dr Ben McRae

ER Doctor


Experienced doctor

It wasn’t a single defining moment that led Dr Ben McRae to become a vet… it was just the career he has always wanted to pursue. Ben completed his Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery at Perth’s Murdoch University in 2013. Since then he has worked in general practice and emergency settings around Australia.

While he is still working in general practice alongside his role as an ER Doctor at the VSOS emergency hospital, he was drawn to VSOS because of the respected team and the chance to be part of a world-class animal treatment centre.

“Before I started working at VSOS, I knew both Dr Andrew Levien and Dr Karina Graham through the mobile service. I have a huge amount of respect for both of them.

When they launched the new hospital, I wanted to be part of it. To be involved in something brand new, using the incredible equipment in the hospital was really exciting.”

Calm and rational

Ben’s approach to his work is calm and rational… which is essential in an emergency environment. He is experienced, knowledgeable and shares the VSOS philosophy towards patient care.

“I’m very focused on the owners/clients. When you can develop a rapport with the owner, it is much easier to help them see the things that need to be done to treat their pet. Without that rapport you don’t have trust… and that makes delivering the treatment that much harder.”

Surgery specialisation

Ben has a particular interest in surgery and has completed a further certificate in surgery at the University of Sydney. With the experienced team at VSOS, he is certainly in the right place to pursue his interest in surgery.

When Ben was younger, he always had animals at home from dogs to rabbits and birds. These days he has an Alexandrine Parrot called Geoffrey, an Indian Ringneck called Barbara along with Couscous the cat and two dachshunds – Pepperoni and Cabanossi.

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