Priyal Sawjani

Lead Nurse at Ringwood Vet Hospital and Emergency

Why do you do what you do?

I am a Veterinarian from Nairobi, Kenya. I am currently working at RVHE as a Vet Nurse before I sit for the Vet board exams that will allow me to practice as a vet in Australia.

My aspirations and passions seem to have been predestined by my upbringing as both nature and nurture played a role in me becoming the animal and nature lover that I am today. Being born in Kenya, I’ve had my fair share of exposure to not only domestic but wild animals due to the high numbers present in the wildlife reserves and national parks. The joy and admiration of driving down a road and seeing zebras, buffaloes, baboons and elephants by the roadside or even crossing the road has never faded.  I grew up with a dog and three cats at home and from a very tender age, knew that I wanted to be professionally involved in the care of animals.

Are you a pet parent yourself?

1) Nala – a 5 year old black and white domestic shorthair cat- Spends most of her day lounging on her cat tree. Only likes cuddles from her human dad and her guinea pig sister. I sneak in some cuddles by giving her treats….and catnip. 

2) Lulu – a 7 year old guinea pig- a furball who will do anything for a carrot and belly scratches.

What is your field of expertise?

Once I complete the Australasian Veterinary Board exams that will allow me to practice as a Veterinarian in Australia, I’d like to work as an Emergency and Critical Care Vet.

Priyal’s Fun Fact!

I speak 4 languages- English, Gujarati, Hindi and Swahili. 

In 2017, I spent a couple of months living in the Kenyan Bush and looked after the last 3 Northern White Rhinos left on the planet, after which,  I became heavily involved in the rescue of the Northern White Rhino subspecies from extinction and based my undergraduate Veterinary Medicine dissertation paper on reproductive technologies that can be used to save not only this subspecies but several others from extinction. Side note: I love cooking (and eating) Indian food!