Science graduate fulfilled lifelong dream to be vet
CATHERINE Gowing had returned to college to fulfil a lifelong dream of becoming a vet.
As friends and family struggled with the news of her disappearance and the arrest of a man on suspicion of her murder, they recalled her love of adventure and her determination to achieve her long-held ambition of caring for animals.
The 37-year-old, who graduated with a science degree from DCU, went on to travel the world in her 20s.
She worked in the area of food hygiene, however she always harboured a dream of becoming a vet.
"She had travelled the world and always wanted to do veterinary and she achieved that goal," a friend told the Irish Independent.
It was growing up on the family farm outside Clonlee, Clareen in Co Offaly where her love of the countryside and animals began.
Her uncle Ned Gowing is a well-known vet at the Anglesey Lodge Equine Hospital at the Curragh.
In her early 30s, she made the decision to return to university.
She graduated with a veterinary science degree from a university in Budapest in 2010.
After completing her studies in Hungary, she moved back home to spend time with her elderly parents, John and Maureen, before securing her dream job in Wales in May last year.
There she worked as a vet at the bustling Evans Veterinary Surgery in Mold caring for family pets and farm animals.
She lived in the nearby village of New Brighton with another vet.
Friends told how she would return home often to visit her only sister Emma and her parents.