University of Melbourne : Careers Guide 2012
Animal Science Asa doctor of veterinary medicine, you could be working with anything from cats to cattle, salmon to snakes, or horses to hens. The profession also provides an incredible opportunity to work all around the world. » Dr Ben Mason graduated from the University of Melbourne in 2001 and began working three different jobs at once in the Northern Territory. Monday to Thursday he did a small animal locum, Fridays and Saturdays he worked for a cattle exporter drenching, de-horning, pregnancy testing and vaccinating cattle being exported to the Middle East, and on Sundays he occasionally worked with horses at the Darwin Turf Club. “After six months, I flew to Dubai and completed a one-year internship in equine medicine and surgery at Sheikh Mohammed ’s Dubai Equine Hospital, which was a career highlight,” Dr Mason says. “ There was a huge colic caseload, due to the sand environment.” In August 2003, Dr Mason headed to Newmarket, England – the capital of horseracing in Europe – where he spent three years working at a huge equine hospital treating horses for lameness, orthopaedics and respirator y disease. His next stop was the famous Hong Kong Jockey Club, where Dr Mason worked with racehorses based at Sha Tin Racecourse. He describes his experience there as “an exciting career move, as Hong Kong is a fast and furious place to live and work”. There has also been a growing need around the world for specialists working in exotic animal medicine, especially as the popularity for reptiles and other unusual pets has increased. » Dr Geoff Pye began in private practice, working with dairy cattle and small animals before his career took a turn to exotic animals through jobs at Melbourne Zoo and the Western Plains Zoo in Dubbo. Later he became Acting Senior Veterinarian at Currumbin Sanctuary in Queensland. Dr Pye then went to the United States and did an internship in Exotic Animal, Wildlife and Zoo Animal Medicine at Kansas State University, and a residency in Zoological Medicine at the University of Florida. He passed the American College of Zoological Medicine exams and did a clinical instructorship at Disney’s Animal Kingdom in Orlando, Florida, in 2002. Today Dr Pye is Senior Veterinarian at San Diego Zoo, where he does clinical work, preventive medicine, quarantine, and manages the koala health program. Across the animal world A career in veterinary science can see you working all across the animal kingdom and the world, as the following people show. Dr Ben Mason at the Sha Tin Racecourse in Hong Kong where he worked with racehorses – an exciting career move.