Phil Downey

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine alumnus Phil Downey with dogs

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine – Class of 2018

What are your hobbies?
Board games, online games, online board games (in the age of COVID), Netflix and chill (the literal kind).

Favourite place to eat in Adelaide?
Chef Dong Chinese Restaurant.

If I could go back to my university days I would ...
Be scolded by my friends and family for spending way too much time at uni already.

I can’t get enough of ...
Coffee and board games.

Something that makes you smile?
My dogs doing literally anything.

Something you are grateful for?
Family, friends and dogs.

If I could pursue a different career I would ...
Having already changed career once I would not do it again… Aside from being a stay-at-home dad for while.

The most valuable lesson I have learned?
It’s okay to make mistakes.

I cannot get through the day without ...
At the risk of sounding cliché… a coffee.

Three words your closest friends would use to describe you?
Uncool, ridiculous, reliable.

Your definition of success?

My mother taught me ...
It’s never too late to change your mind.

Your career path in two sentences or less?

How I relax ...
Board games, TV.

When I get home the first thing I do is ...
Say hello to the dogs.

The biggest risk I have taken?
Going back to uni to study for a completely new career.

A misconception about you?
Actually a complete nerd.

What advice would you give to your younger self at university?
You’re on the right path… you’ll get there eventually.

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