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Martine Hartogensis

 Martine Hartogensis and her daughters
 Martine Hartogensis and her daughters

Supervisory Veterinary Medical Officer
Office of Surveillance and Compliance

1. Why did you become a veterinarian?

 

I have always had a passion for working with animals and helping improve their lives. I also see myself as a teacher, which plays a huge role in any veterinary field.

 


2. What made you want to work for CVM?

 

I wanted to make a difference in the lives of people and their animals on a larger scale than private practice. I was interested in finding ways to improve the industries that are regulated by CVM.

 


3. What is the best thing about being a veterinarian for CVM?

 

Although most of my work is anonymous, I know that I make a difference to industry, veterinarians, animal owners, consumers, and, most of all, animals.

 


4. What does Vet 2011 mean to you?

 

Overall, the veterinary profession is one of the most respected, trusted, and crucial professions in terms of public perception. Veterinarians have such a vital role in public and animal health that is often overlooked. Although the profession certainly faces challenges, I’m looking forward to what comes next in terms of technology and the way we treat our animals.

 


5. What is your most memorable moment as a veterinarian?

 

Probably the day I was performing a routine spay on a dog, intently concentrating, and when I looked up, there were 10 seven year old children intently watching me! The reaction varied between amazement and lack of consciousness, but I think there may be a few more future veterinarians in this world because of that experience!!