Marian’s aspiring vet awaits an offer
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.