Dr Marion Brown is a proud Queenslander, growing up in regional areas before moving to Brisbane for boarding school and University. Marion yearned to be a vet from a very young age, inspired by authors such as Gerald Durrell and TV shows like All Creatures
Great and Small and A Country Practice. Unfortunately, these days, Marion now resembles Fatso the Wombat rather than her childhood hero, Vicky the Vet.
Marion received her veterinary degree in 1989, just scraping in with Class 2B honours from the University of Queensland when the vet school was still based at the St Lucia campus in Brisbane. Some of the techniques that she learnt there all that time ago are still in use even to this day.
Marion’s first position as a veterinary surgeon was in the Great North West at a mixed large and small animal practice in Mt Isa. These were the great TB-testing heydays where the vets would fly out to the remote extensive cattle stations at first light and be back in town for afternoon small animal consultations.
Marion then headed further afield to the Northern Territory where she managed her own small animal practice on Groote Eylandt in the Gulf of Carpentaria. Here she honed her business management skills, small animal vetting in extreme isolation as well as bringing up two small children with varying degrees of success. This period saw the peak of her community engagement, being secretary of the Junior Rugby League club and School Council Chairperson for Alyangula Area School.
Toavoid her children turning completely feral, Marion then moved to Darwin, working in small animal practice including her own mobile vet service for several years. This allowed her to develop an interest in dermatology due to the wide variety of spectacular skin and ear diseases seen in the tropics.
Marion then returned to the Sunshine Coast to be closer to her extended family. She worked for RSPCA Queensland where she became a very proficient cat and dog desexer before settling into general small animal practice at Noosaville.
Although she has a long and eclectic general practice veterinary career with both large and small animals, Marion has always been “on call” for after-hours emergencies. For the past 2 years, she has focused solely on this work with the Animal Emergency Service and receives tremendous pleasure being able to alleviate pain and restore acutely unwell patients to their previous happy little selves.
Marion is constantly attending continuing education courses in order to keep up to date with the latest in Emergency Medicine. She has recently completed a hands-on Ultrasound workshop and is currently studying towards a small animal emergency medicine and surgery membership that she hopes to complete by 2018.
Marion is a mother of 2 adult children, neither of which are currently in jail. Her favourite daughter however is a rescue greyhound named Trixie who spends a great deal of time keeping the couch warm and the bed sandy while Marion is at work. Trixie works hard at eating, sleeping and replenishing her red blood cells as she occasionally donates them to help her fellow canines.
Marion is a member of the Australian Veterinary Association, Birdlife Australia and Triathlon Australia. When not at work, she enjoys lying on the couch, drinking beer and watching sport on TV. Marion is also an aspiring age-group triathlete of limited talent- she attempts the Noosa Triathlon every year with limited success and is working toward completing the full Cairns Ironman in 2018. She also enjoys karaoke and playing guitar despite being a terrible singer.
Marion is keen to return to the dynamic tropical environment and is excited to be a part of this novel initiative of providing the first 24-hour veterinary emergency and critical care facility in Cairns. She looks forward to meeting many locals and helping North Queensland pets in their time of need.