Lo­cal joins col­lege of vet­eri­nary sci­en­tists

Myrtleford Times - - Anzac Day -

A LO­CAL vet has been ac­cepted into the Aus­tralian and New Zealand Col­lege of Vet­eri­nary Sci­en­tists af­ter suc­cess­fully pass­ing her ex­am­i­na­tion in small an­i­mal surgery.

Mea­gan Lee has been a part of the Ovens and Kiewa Vet­eri­nary Hos­pi­tal team for three and a half years and has also worked in clin­ics around Aus­tralia and over­seas.

But, ever the learner, she made the de­ci­sion to fur­ther her­self through ex­tra study into small an­i­mal surgery, her keen­est in­ter­est area.

“I will still al­ways do a bit of ev­ery­thing but that’s a par­tic­u­lar in­ter­est of mine that I thought I wouldn’t mind do­ing a bit more study in, just to learn a bit more and to grow some more con­fi­dence,” she said.

“Some peo­ple think I’m a spe­cial­ist now but it just means that I have done more train­ing and sat ex­ams that I passed to a level that ac­knowl­edges I’ve been ac­cepted into it (The Col­lege of Vet­eri­nary Sci­en­tists).

“The study is the main thing I wanted to do just to gain a bit more knowl­edge in the area but be­ing able to pass and make it all worth­while at the end is good.”

Dr Lee was study­ing on top of her full-time work through a rig­or­ous course that in­cluded we­bi­nars, monthly as­sess­ments, prac­tice ex­ams and the read­ing of count­less text books.

“It’s a big com­mit­ment, it def­i­nitely takes it out of you,” she said.

“It’s pretty much some­thing I al­ways wanted to do, I liked an­i­mals then I re­alised I liked science and it all sort of fell to­gether.”

With the books back on the shelf for now, Dr Lee can give her full at­ten­tion to her favourite part of the job, help­ing sick and in­jured an­i­mals right in front of her.

“You get a sick an­i­mal come in and I en­joy be­ing able to do my best to help it and solve that is­sue,” she said.

“See­ing that an­i­mal walk out the door and the own­ers happy is why we do it.”

Dr Lee said she might look to do fur­ther study down the track, pos­si­bly in the area of equine medicine or surgery but for now she is en­joy­ing “chill­ing out and hav­ing week­ends back”. CER­TI­FIED: Lo­cal vet Mea­gan Lee is now a mem­ber of the Aus­tralian and New Zealand Col­lege of Vet­eri­nary Sci­en­tists. PHOTO: Justin Britt

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