Sarah says a surprising but extremely useful aspect of her studies at JCU was the emphasis on communication skills as well as coping skills.
“I really appreciated how much emphasis JCU put on being able to communicate and understand your clients and finding out what’s important to them during a consultation. For example, you could be going out to a cattle property to treat 100 cows, but if they don't change their management practices, you're going to be back there in six weeks or six months’ time, treating the same cows. So you might be in a position where you need to communicate possible changes in animal practices, and JCU trains you in how to deal with these kinds of difficult conversations.
“The course at JCU also includes a good dose of personal and professional development which I think is such an important part of being a vet, so that when unfortunate things happen in the workplace, you've got some sort of coping strategies in place to help you with the emotional toil that this kind of work can have.”
Having just graduated from the five-year Bachelor of Veterinary Science, Sarah is now looking forward to starting her fist vet surgeon job in a mixed animal and equine clinic in the rural town of Marburg, located just outside of Ipswich.
“I’ll be working mostly on horses and farm animals, but I’ll also get the opportunity to work on camels, goats and llamas from the nearby hobby farms, so it will be a very diverse role which I am really looking forward to.
“I do like a challenge, and I think I’ll definitely find that working in a mixed practice. I could be helping farmers produce more calves every year, or helping people manage their winning racehorses better, and then I might see a 12-year-old cat with hyperthyroid issues. The absolute variety of the vet science profession is just wonderful.”
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