A LANARK vet has been crowned a national hero in a Facebook competition.
Mirjam Coert, a vet at the Clyde Vet Group, won the recent My Pet’s Hero contest for going above and beyond the call of duty, to help a pain-stricken and extremely nervous Gizmo the cat.
The Dutch vet, originally from Utrecht, has won herself a Continuing Professional Development course with the University of London’s Royal Veterinary College, as well as £500 worth of Vygon Vet products.
Mirjam said: “I had no idea I’d been nominated and to be chosen as the winner came as a complete surprise. I was of course very pleased.”
Mirjam was nominated for the award by Gizmo’s owners Jami and Bronwen Gilmore, from Carmichael, for her outstanding treatment and care for their beloved ten-year-old moggie.
Jami said: “We initially thought Gizmo had been hit by a car, her back end seemed so damaged.
“We rang the vet very late one Saturday night and Mirjam met us at the surgery at 1am. We were also concerned about how the vet would be able treat her, as Gizmo has always been a very nervous cat, and despite her painful back was trying to jump off the surgery table.
“We are so grateful to Mirjam. She went that extra mile for us and we are delighted she has won the title, which she thoroughly deserves.”
Mirjam successfully treated Gizmo’s painful spine condition – which included a six week course of acupuncture and has also transformed the nervous, frightened feline into a much calmer, less-stressed cat.
Mirjam added: “Gizmo wasn’t putting any weight on her back legs and was very upset and in a lot of pain.
“She was also very frightened. We made her feel more secure and gave her comfort by covering her with a towel so we could begin treatment.”