ANY business owner will tell you that running your own show is no easy task, but often it’s more rewarding than working for someone else.
While Jess Shilling is a well-educated veterinarian, she said running a business had been one of the most challenging aspects about starting her own practice, Bovitech Veterinary Services.
When she completed university, armed with three degrees and an honours thesis, the world was her oyster and despite being from the city, she had her sights set on rural WA.
With family in Dalwallinu, Jess spent some of her childhood visiting her relatives’ farm, which exposed her to the likes of sheep farming and a rural lifestyle.
This, coupled with her dream to become a vet and specialise in large animals, led her down the path of being a rural vet and ultimately started her own practice.
During breaks from studying, Jess became involved in showing cattle, meat judging and worked on a feedlot over summer.
“I really enjoyed working in the red meat industry and knew I wanted to end up in the country, so naturally that took me down the path of working with livestock,” Jess said.
“I knew before I graduated that I didn’t want to work in mixed practice, as most jobs available were at clinics which were heavily small-animal focused.
“If I wanted to take a 100 per cent large animal job, I’d have to move east or overseas, which I didn’t want to do