A Day in the Life with Owen Tunney
For November, we heard from Owen Tunney about a day in his life as a Partner at Sandstone Vet Group.
What is your typical morning routine?
My morning usually starts pretty early as I have to go out and sort out my own herd of Angus cattle. After that, it’s back in for breakfast and the usual bedlam of family life before heading out to my first call.
If you could describe yourself in three words, what would they be?
Hard working optimist
What’s the first thing you look at in the morning on your phone?
The live feed from my cattle! Technology has given us so many innovations and opportunities as an industry; not least the opportunity for me to grab an extra 5 minutes in bed!
What do you do in your job at Sandstone Vet Group?
As one of the partners I do plenty of regular ‘vetting’ and plenty of management besides! I have a keen interest in fertility so on top of routine fertility meetings, consultancy visits, herd health discussions, calvings and sick cows, I also travel further afield with my Embryo Transfer work. Everyone thinks they know what a farm vet does but we all have different approaches reflecting our areas of interest, expertise and focus. I try to be as proactive as I can with our clients; pushing and supporting them to achieve their targets.
What is your favourite part of your job?
I really do enjoy being immersed in this industry that I’m so passionate about and making a positive contribution to the people, livestock and businesses within it.
Best piece of advice you would give to an aspiring youngster wanting to get into the industry?
Independent practice is still going strong! Not everyone aspires to own their own business, but if you do then there are farm animal practices up and down the country with the goal of creating a sustainable working model that allows for fair progression, and the creation of strong, lasting working relationships with great clients and great colleagues. I know because we are one of them.
Your favourite thing to do when not working?
I love spending time with my family and I’m also heavily involved with the Aberdeen Angus Cattle society. These two things together don’t leave a lot of time for much else!
Best piece of business advice?
Value your clients / customers: I know that without our farmers we are nothing and I really value their support since we set up.
We hope you’ve found this insight into another area of the agricultural industry interesting as ever. Get in touch if you’d like to get involved in our Day in the Life feature.