Mar­ian’s as­pir­ing vet awaits an of­fer

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MYRTLE­FORD Mar­ian Col­lege dux Mad­di­son Evans as­pires to be­come a vet­eri­nar­ian.

And col­lege prin­ci­pal Cath Wat­ter and teach­ers be­lieve lit­tle will stand in the way of the young Rose­white woman if the tenacity she’s demon­strated through­out her school life is any mea­sure.

Mad­di­son was dis­ap­pointed on Fri­day when she logged into the VCE on-line app to find she had achieved an Aus­tralian Ter­tiary Ad­mis­sion Rank of 82 – three per­cent­age points short of ad­mis­sion to vet­eri­nary sci­ence at Charles Sturt Uni­ver­sity in Wagga Wagga.

But the prac­ti­cal, smart yet mod­est 18-year-old was also prag­matic.

“When I saw my re­sult I thought: ‘Well, there’s more than one way to a skin a cat’,” she said.

“I can pur­sue an­i­mal sci­ence at CSU as a way to en­ter vet­eri­nary sci­ence.”

The daugh­ter of a dairy­farm­ing fam­ily as­pires to work with pro­duc­tion an­i­mals – cat­tle, horses, sheep and per­haps pigs – and it just may be that she’s al­ready over­come the mi­nor point short­age.

CSU’s vet­eri­nary fac­ulty re­ceives 400 ap­pli­ca­tions and in­ter­views 160 stu­dents – Mad­di­son among them .

It then re­views ap­pli­cants’ ATAR scores and of­fers places to just 65 stu­dents in the sec­ond half of Jan­uary.

Ms Wat­ters be­lieves that Mad­di­son – who was Myrtle­ford young achiever of the year in 2017 – may yet make it into her first choice of study as a re­sult of that in­ter­view.

“You’ve done 13 years of ‘hard graft’ school­work and study, “she told Mad­di­son when the Times- Ob­server was present in the prin­ci­pal’s of­fice.

“You sure couldn’t have worked harder.

“And I think I speak for all the staff when I say that I think you have been a rare stu­dent.

“We are im­mea­sur­ably proud of you.”

Ms Wat­ters said Mad­di­son’s suc­cess be­cause of her ap­pli­ca­tion to her academic goals was “re­ally beau­ti­ful to see”.

“She’s achieved what we’re re­ally keen on do­ing, which is cre­at­ing path­ways to help our stu­dents to get to where they want to be,” she said.

Ca­reers ad­viser Michael Guinane had been in­stru­men­tal in guid­ing Mad­di­son to­wards her goal.

Mad­di­son worked ev­ery week­end with equine vet­eri­nar­ian Ali­son Arnott at her Tar­rawingee prac­tice un­til her first academic exam.

She’s back in the sad­dle on one of her two horses “for the first time in a while” and awaits the of­fer that she hopes might come from CSU.

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