Tools of the trade: Fishing tackle box

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fishing tackle box

by Dr Jo Squires, Mobile Vet Services, Cairns, QLD

As a mobile vet, most of my work revolves around comprehensive examinations of dogs and cats. In the past, I used to deal with a lot of native animals but we have a wildlife specialist vet in Cairns now. I needed a carry-all for my home visits and a fishing tackle box has worked out very well.

What’s good about it

When I’m on a call, I don’t want to be running back and forth to my car. Everything I need should be carried in with me. I like to have a few injectables that don’t need to be kept too cold, a stethoscope and otoscope, needles and syringes, basic instruments, a thermometer, drug dispensing packages and labels, and muzzles for the dogs. The fishing tackle box is nicely compartmentalised so it’s possible to keep everything neat and tidy.

The box is lockable and has a hard case to protect everything. It can get knocked around and it can get wet but everything inside will be fine. I have used a cheaper tackle box in the past, but they tend to be one big compartment where everything gets jumbled. The more expensive versions have drawers, trays and compartments that make it easier to organise everything.

What’s not so good

They can be a bit heavy. I know it sounds crazy but lugging all your gear does knock your joints around. It’s not something I thought about when I started, but now I’m older with arthritis in my shoulders, hands and elbows, I have to take it a bit easier.

Where did you get it

BCF

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