University of Melbourne : Careers Guide 2012
Make it happen Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Bachelor of Science FIRST DEGREE GRADUATE STUDY OPTIONS Animal Science He says his scariest encounter with a zoo animal was “ having to snatch a hypothermic rhino calf from its mother in the middle of a 10-acre exhibit”. Aquaculture is a specialist area that can lead to jobs in some of the leading fish and seafood exporting nations. » Dr Paul Hardy-Smith followed his interest in the sea and an aquatic lifestyle by moving to Victoria in British Columbia, Canada, where he managed a farm growing Pacific salmon. He then worked in private practices in the United Kingdom and Australia before studying for a Postgraduate Diploma in Aquaculture. After working as a field veterinarian for the aquaculture industry in Tasmania for five years, he returned to Vancouver Island, Canada, to take up a position as head of the fish health management team of a large fish farming company. He also became a director on the board of the Salmon Health Consortium. This is a national group of fish farming, pharmaceutical and feed companies working together to facilitate the safe and responsible use of chemotherapeutants in Canadian aquaculture. Now back in Australia, Dr Hardy-Smith runs Panaquatic Health Solutions, which consults to Australian and international operations involving finfish, crustaceans and molluscs. Veterinary medicine can also play a part in international development. » Dr Peter Gray had a two-year placement with Voluntary Service Overseas in western Uganda, where part of his role was to educate the indigenous Banyoro tribe on nutrition, deworming, and pest and tick control for cattle. He did his calls on a motorcycle, carrying a box of essential drugs for direct treatment services for farmers. He also offered artificial insemination services, carrying a small flask of liquid nitrogen in a rucksack on his back. » Dr Skye Turner replied to an advertisement for veterinar y volunteers and headed to Samoa for a six- week stint with the Animal Protection Society to help reduce the stray dog population through educating the community and de-sexing. She ended up staying in Samoa for a couple years. Back in Australia, she is now in a government role working on projects in collaboration with the animal health and quarantine authorities in Papua New Guinea and Timor-Leste. Ahuge range of work is also available for veterinarians at home in Australia. » Dr Louise Sharp joined Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF), working in Biosecurity Australia on tasks ranging from prawn import risk analysis to giving advice to the Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service. “I would thoroughly recommend the DAFF Graduate Development Program for any vet who, for whatever reason, wants a ‘non-traditional ’ veterinary career,” she says. ... and during his internship in equine medicine in Dubai. » Fact Vet practice can take you overseas to exotic locales.