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What Being a Vet’s Really Like

Colleen Dickie, DVM, talks about what it takes to become a veterinarian and what it's like to actually be one.

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By: Nicole Kitchener |

Dr. Colleen Dickie is an associate in the large animal department of the Charlottetown Veterinary Clinic in Prince Edward Island. The Windsor, Nova Scotia-native joined the clinic in 2005 right after graduating from UPEI’s Atlantic Veterinary College (AVC). Although Dickie works with all animals, her focus – both personally and professionally – is horses, mainly Standardbreds and harness racing. At only 35, she’s well-respected even among the sometimes hard-to-please, traditionalist farmers of the Island. As one prominent PEI harness racing breeder, Owen MacLean, put it, Dickie is “smart and knowledgeable about what she does. She’s going to go far.” MacLean added, “I was talking to a guy the other day I haven’t seen in years and he said she’s quite a vet. He had a cow that needed help calving. They sent Colleen and when she drove into his yard he said, ‘That small little thing, she’s not going to…

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