Welcome back! This year I’ve got some phenomenal guests coming on the show. In today’s episode I wanted to share the story of Sheridan Lathe, aka Sheddy.
Sheddy is from Australia. She is what you could call a wild or an adventure vet as she has been travelling the world saving wild animals in refuges and sanctuaries. I was blown away by her story.
First of all, she had the guts to sell up all her belongings in Australia and move onto a sailboat called Chuffed in Panama. She has spent the last 2 years, saving some of the weirdest and cutest animals in Central America and learning on her own how to repair and keep her boat afloat. Lately she rediscovered surfing in the bucket list spot of Pavones Costa Rica. You could say that Sheddy is definitely creating her dream job on the go.
If there is anything to take from this episode, its the fact that if you’re prepared to live simply, anything’s possible.
In our conversation, I ask Sheddy how she actually made it to Panama and what it takes to build a veterinary clinic on a boat. We go into the nitty gritty of finding and owning a boat with the technicalities of living as an expat in the different places she has sailed to. We explore the kind of procedures she undertakes as a vet and how her passion for animals has enabled her to create a nomadic lifestyle that mixes volunteer work, vlogging and surfing! You'll also learn what you need to be good at, at school if you want to become a vet.
I am in awe of Sheddy’s courage to sell everything to live on a boat mainly because I have dreamed about doing the same thing but haven't. For those of you who would be interested in a similar adventure, Chuffed "only" cost them 25K$ to buy, but bear in mind that there are constant repairs to do all year long. Actually Sheddy told me that Chuffed now has a leak when she turns the engine on so she has to sail it up to Mexico to get some serious repairs done. So if you fancy contributing to her repairs, there’s a link here.
I am in awe with Sheddy’s bravery, especially as she is now keeping the dream alive all on her own.
To catch up with Sheddy and her vet adventures, how she’s doing in the boat repair section and to watch her surf, you can connect to her Youtube channel : Vet Tails’ Sailing Chuffed. Alternatively you can find her on Instagram, Facebook, Linkedin and on www.vettails.com her blog. For donations, you can become a patron on Patreon.com All donations go to the veterinary equipment, they fund trips to the animal sanctuaries and cover the general fees of running a clinic from a sailboat. Donations also help keep chuffed afloat.
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I’ve created a Facebook group so if you fancy joining the conversation after the episode, you’re welcome to: you can find the group on Facebook at The Oceanriders Community. I have also started posting some job offers that would be perfect for surfers there. You never know, maybe you’ll find your dream job? The Oceanriders Podcast is also a twitter account and a Facebook page, so you should be able to connect with me somehow! Use my link tree to pave your way to your preferred social platform. The address is www.linktr.ee/theoceanriderspodcast.
All the links will be available in the Shownotes that are on your podcasting app. You will also be able to find an article on Medium.com with photos of Sheddy and her wonderful patients.
Thank you ever so much Sheddy ,for sharing your story and I wish you all the best for the third season on Chuffed!