Exciting future for young vet
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.