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Vet students inspired by work experience in the north

Another NABS project is helping veterinary students interested in cattle-oriented practice or community dog health do their course placement in Northern Australia.

In 2018 there were 150 applications for 20 subsidised placements.  Some of these placements were hosted by SDI Network vets.

Reports from the students show the experience was highly valued, with participants keen to continue on their trajectory to becoming a rural vet and maybe even go north after graduation.

The second round of applications (2018-19)  will be offered in the next few months, coordinated by each state government. Talk to Graham (WA DPIRD), Lil (NT DPIR) or Derek (QDAF) if you are interested – click here for their contact details.

What students said

“Working alongside Dave was a highlight as he explained everything in great detail and has a wealth of knowledge I was able to tap into.” – SR

“I could summarise the learning experience into as 4 Bs – Bovine, Breeding, Bush, Biosecurity.” – JO

The 4 Bs?

  • Bovine – the sheer scale of operations make the north the place to go to hone skills
  • Breeding – accounts for the majority of the veterinary input
  • Biosecurity – disease monitoring to protect Australia’s natural advantage
  • Bush – synonymous with being organised, adaptable and resourceful (and a salute to beautiful country).