Ex­cit­ing fu­ture for young vet

Warwick Daily News - South West Queensland Rural Weekly - - The Mulberry Project -

CHRISTINA Bal­letta knows she still has a long road ahead to suc­cess, but is off to the best start pos­si­ble after com­ing first in a round of re­gional train­ing awards.

The 25-year-old vet­eri­nary stud­ies grad­u­ate was crowned the Dar­ling Downs South-West Vo­ca­tional Stu­dent of the Year and went into the run­ning for the state train­ing awards ear­lier this month, some­thing she said was “un­be­liev­able”.

“Hon­estly, it was a lit­tle over­whelm­ing at first,” she said.

“I’ve put my heart into (my stud­ies) and to be recog­nised for that was re­ally hum­bling.

“It makes you take a step back and re­alise this is what you’ve been work­ing to­wards and say, ‘yes, I do de­serve this’.”

Though she wasn’t suc­cess­ful in the Queens­land-wide awards, the UQ Gat­ton grad­u­ate is forg­ing ahead with her ca­reer and has al­ready picked up two jobs after grad­u­at­ing last year with a Bach­e­lor of Vet­eri­nary Tech­nol­ogy and a Cer­tifi­cate IV in Vet­eri­nary Nurs­ing.

Half her time is spent work­ing in gen­eral prac­tice at Park Ridge An­i­mal Hos­pi­tal, with the other half in the emer­gency depart­ment of BVECCS Al­bany Creek after-hours care cen­tre.

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