Cuppa Tea With The Vet – Fabian Rivers

Fabian is incredible. He has been so focused on being a vet that he even started his socials as the “Dready vet” before qualifying. It was amazing to learn how he has flourished and what has lead him to becoming BVA Young vet of the year! 

Fabian went to the Czech Republic to study veterinary medicine and he thinks that helped form him into the supportive and well rounded vet he is today. He has a passion for exotics and variety in life. This is incredibly evident as we also learnt that at 14 he won a scholarship to the Royal Ballet School! How amazing is that! A Ballet vet! Donna encouraged him to explore this again of course. 

Fabian’s main inspiration and life guide has been his mum and even when offered to be able to chat with anyone in the world, dead or alive, he picked his mum. 

Fabian was all in all a really fun vet to catch up with!

What does Fabian love about physio?

I love physio because of how much it can do for especially the mammals that I see: Guinea pigs, rabbits, I’ve had such positive results from such a grave prognosis. When you see, like I say that mammals with nerve damage or osteo arthritis or so many conditions which causes them to freeze because they often are the big wimps of the three, whether it’s reptiles or birds, I’d say the biggest wimps are the small mammals unfortunately… but I have found so much positivity through the basics. And I love the fact that physiotherapy is a labour of love, it is a labour of commitment, it is a desire for things to get better without being too upset about the instant responses…

I feel like naturally I’m more of an internalist and more of a person who wants to see gradual improvement and bring as many different factors into that and I think physiotherapy marries all the best things about my job as an internalist or a specialist or whatever and helps bring that level of holistic way of approaching pain or osteo arthritis or joint issues or nerve issues and puts that into a discipline that can have such positive effects…  

Fabian’s Biography:

Fabian Rivers graduated in 2018 from University of Veterinary and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Brno. He is currently an exotics and companion animal vet in Birmingham. More commonly known as Dready Vet an initiative started in 2013, he has written, featured and given talks to a variety of veterinary and non veterinary publications, universities and initiatives.

He is the British Veterinary Association recent graduate representative and is a keen contributor on topics surrounding mental health, racism, new graduate and student welfare, and the wider complexities of the veterinary community. In 2020, he was awarded BVA Young Vet of the Year.

He is currently undertaking a certificate in exotic animal practice clinically and has mentored students on exotic specific casework when going into practice. Fabian is the lead exotics vet at an independent practice and his interests are in preventative welfare particularly in reptiles. He is also one of the vets on the Pets Factor, a children’s TV show on the CBBC, mainly placed as the exotics focused member of the team.

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