Ray Baxter was born in Melbourne, Victoria, and then studied at Gregory Terrace College in Brisbane, graduating in 2003.
He attended the University of Queensland to study for a Bachelor of Science Degree, majoring in Biomedicine. Ray’s high academic achievement in first year science was the basis for his admission to the University of Queensland School of Veterinary Science, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Veterinary Science, with Honours.
For several years, Dr Ray worked at Greencross Veterinary Hospital in Red Bank Plains, Brisbane. There, in one of Brisbane’s busiest veterinary hospitals dealing with a great variety of cases, he developed a special interest in animal breeding and internal medicine.
Dr Baxter’s professional certifications include membership in the Queensland Veterinary Board Association, and recognition by the Veterinary Surgeons Board of Queensland. He also holds a Veterinary X-Ray License.
Ray has pursued ongoing veterinary education and workshops at Skin Cytology Conferences, Greencross Symposia, and Oncology Seminars.
Ray’s inspiration to be a vet ‘I came from a low socio-economic area; unfortunately, my parents could never afford appropriate veterinary care for our dog, Rover, whom we had rescued from a house fire. Rover subsequently died giving birth to her third unplanned litter of pups — something which could easily have been prevented.
For this reason, I believe strongly in education, and I have set out to assure that such events do not happen to any of our clients and patients. I truly believe that all pets can be our best friends, as we rely on them as much as they rely on us. Research has established beyond doubt that pets decrease human anxiety, help to reduce blood pressure, and increase human longevity and quality of life.
I know, in my own life, that there is nothing better than coming home to my boy Rufus at the end of a hard day, and feeling the weight of anxiety lift from my shoulders as he enthusiastically greets me at the door.
To not only have pets but to treat them and care for them appropriately is very satisfying, and consequently I treat and spoil my patients the same as I do my own pets.
The advice I give clients is the same advice based on what I would do for my own pet, whom I love so much.’ Ray’s Experience on ‘Big Brother’ Throughout life I have always been somewhat an extravert. During my time in university this was apparent, and I would often have people comment that I should try out for the reality TV Show ‘Big Brother.’ I promised myself that if there were ever auditions that I would give it my ‘best shot.’ Years later, I heard that ‘Big Brother’ was coming back to TV — to a different network. Channel 9 had the goal to clean up some of the smut which had tainted the previous series.
To be honest, I think my identity as a Vet had a positive effect on why I was selected for the show. Auditioning was the most fun I have ever had — and there were plenty of talented people in the pool of applicants.
I made sure that I stuck to the guidelines listed in the Audition Criteria, and I took the advice from the producers who were judging contestants, which was that ‘It is best to just be yourself.’ I treated it just like I would a job interview.
I am rather passionate about animal welfare and fitness, and I am dedicated to reaching my goals. The producers liked this about me and I was one of the lucky 14 people chosen to be on the show.
Courtesy of Big Brother
I lasted a short 5 weeks before being ejected back into the real world — and within a week, I was back doing what I love, caring for pets as a veterinarian.
The show has done wonders for my career, as word of mouth has helped SuperVets to be put on the map. I still maintain the lessons I learned on the show.
Like some vets in the past, I once fell into the trap of hiding behind a lab coat in a very busy clinic environment. ‘Being rushed’ meant that I was not able to bond with my clients and their pets.
In our SuperVets practice, I have changed all that — I have slowed down my consultations, and now I always take the time to get to know people and their pets.
Doing pet house calls and being invited into an owner’s home and into their pet’s home sanctuary is quite pleasant, and very fulfilling.
I am now very close to my clients and will often take the opportunity to enjoy a coffee during a consultation (or even better — a chocolate milk!).
I consider myself enormously lucky to have been on ‘Big Brother,’ and since my time on the TV show I have made many new friends who likewise love animals. Internet technology has enabled me to develop a growing community of friends and followers on social media, who share their pet stories and get to see some of the interesting and fun cases we encounter at SuperVets.