Aussie vet back at Esther Honey

Cook Islands News  March  18,  2013
Australian veterinarian Michelle Gray

Australian veterinarian Michelle Gray

Australian veterinarian Michelle Gray is back on Rarotonga to help out at the Esther Honey Foundation Animal Clinic.

Gray first worked on the island in 2010, and has been back and forth between Australia and the Cooks ever since. She arrived on Saturday and will be on Rarotonga for at least six months. She said though she is from Australia, she now feels at home in Rarotonga.

“I do locum work (in Australia), so I move around a lot. Rarotonga is more of a base now. I’ve got a lot of good friends on the island.”

Gray is conducting a research project on toxic fish in the Cook Islands, but has also been working as a vet at the clinic.

“I’ve mostly been doing consults and helping with the patients.”

She said the main issue at the clinic currently is finding dogs a place to live.

“We’ve got a lot more dogs who need homing. We’re pretty steady with the desexing services we offer, and the number of dog and cat injuries has been pretty steady as well.”

The Esther Honey Foundation animal clinic opened in 1995, and is located in Nikao. – BD