Vet in pork place­ment

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Vet­eri­nar­ian Stephanie Ni­cholas, who started work this week with Portec Ve­teri­nary Ser­vices, is the lat­est in a long line of Pork CRC In­dus­try Place­ment Pro­gram ap­point­ments.

Dr Ni­cholas, who grad­u­ated from Mur­doch Univer­sity in 2015 with Bach­e­lor of Ve­teri­nary Medicine and Surgery and Bach­e­lor of Sci­ence Ve­teri­nary Bi­ol­ogy, has al­ready com­pleted sev­eral ex­tern­ships with Portec.

Portec prin­ci­pal and vet­eri­nar­ian Kim Nairn said her ap­point­ment would fur­ther en­hance Portec’s ca­pac­ity for de­vel­op­ing train­ing for Mur­doch stu­dents and mak­ing more re­sources avail­able to Aus­tralian pork pro­duc­ers to en­sure healthy, sus­tain­able and prof­itable pig pro­duc­tion.

Since 2007, Portec has de­signed and de­liv­ered the in­ten­sive an­i­mal in­dus­tries com­po­nent of the ve­teri­nary un­der­grad­u­ate de­gree at Mur­doch.

“Fel­low vet­eri­nar­ian Vanessa Mor­ris, who re­cently com­pleted her two-year Pork CRC IPP in­tern­ship with Portec, con­tin­ues to work for us and we’ve been de­lighted with her in­put and what she’s de­liv­ered for our clients,” Dr Nairn said.

“The Pork CRC IPP pro­gram, where Pork CRC fi­nan­cially as­sists such place­ments, is a win-win for busi­nesses like Portec and more broadly for the Aus­tralian pig in­dus­try.”

While com­plet­ing her de­grees at Mur­doch, Dr Ni­cholas re­ceived three vice-chan­cel­lor com­men­da­tions and grad­u­ated with 17 high dis­tinc­tion and 14 dis­tinc­tion grades.

“Hav­ing had a rea­son­able level of prac­ti­cal ex­pe­ri­ence dur­ing my ve­teri­nary stud­ies, in­clud­ing at Craig Mostyn Farms, I now look for­ward to fur­ther chal­leng­ing my­self pro­fes­sion­ally and wel­come the op­por­tu­nity of­fered by Pork CRC and Portec,” she said.

“Main­tain­ing healthy pigs is vi­tal in pro­duc­ing prof­itable pigs and that’s my fo­cus.”

Pork CRC chief ex­ec­u­tive Roger Camp­bell said cre­at­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties for grad­u­ate stu­dents and post-grad­u­ates in the work­force by work­ing with in­dus­try had been a cor­ner­stone of the CRC for High In­tegrity Aus­tralian Pork for the past six years.

Vet­eri­nar­ian Stephanie Ni­cholas with Portec Ve­teri­nary Ser­vices prin­ci­pal and fel­low vet­eri­nar­ian Kim Nairn. Dr Ni­cholas is the lat­est Pork CRC In­dus­try Place­ment Pro­gram ap­point­ment.

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