I am a 4th year veterinary student at Murdoch University in Perth. I am originally from country Victoria and have a keen in interest in wildlife veterinary practice and population control. Prior to commencing veterinary studies, I completed a BSc at La Trobe University, majoring in zoology and conservation ecology. During this time I gained considerable field experience and had the opportunity to work with renowned conservation ecologist Professor David Lindenmayer from Australian National University. In my career I am aiming to intersperse general GP vetting, focusing on population control with biodiversity conservation work. I am wife to Matt, a medical doctor and mum to my 3 year old son, Henry.
I have recently been involved in two outreach programs: Firstly, Worldwide Veterinary Services (WVS) in Southern India; a surgical ABC-Anti-rabies course focusing on community dogs in and around Ooty. This gave me invaluable surgical experience. Secondly, World Vets in Tanzania; this program focused on donkey care. The trip to Tanzania was amazing and beyond my wildest expectations. My interaction with Tanzanian people - irrespective of language or socioeconomic context – was life changing. I have also volunteered with the RSPCA.
Both outreach programs were wonderful eye-opening experiences. I am now very excited to do a similar trip in Australia, the opportunity to see AMRRIC’s work with Indigenous communities will be invaluable.
In the future I, along with my husband Matthew, would like to be involved in holistic community programs that facilitate community education, improvements in health standards and improved animal welfare.