Local joins college of veterinary scientists
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