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When I heard of the opportunity to work at Whyalla Veterinary Clinic I applied immediately. I had heard great things from a fellow vet student at Murdoch and the experience certainly lived up to my expectations and beyond. The remoteness of the practices meant that it was always busy, there was heaps to do and an interesting caseload to get involved in.
During my three weeks at the Whyalla, Roxby Downs and Cowell clinics I was involved in diagnosing and treating interesting cases such as a pyometra, small intestinal intussusception, prolapsed uterus, dystocia and grass seeds abscesses. Along with these, the exposure I got to common presenting problems such as ear infections, eye problems and catfight abscesses was extremely helpful in preparing me to approach similar problems in the future. The highlight for me was the surgical experience that I gained as I was able to perform countless routine spays and castrations along with spays on heat, aural haematoma repairs, a cherry eye correction, an anal gland removal, stitch ups and various lump removals. My confidence and speed at performing surgical procedures has significantly improved.
This was all made possible due to the friendly and talented nursing staff and the knowledgeable, excellent teacher Dr Andrew Melville-Smith. I thank them all very much. This amazing opportunity has come at a vital time in my veterinary education, just a month away from graduation! I now have the confidence, experience and practical skills to embark on my career as a small animal veterinarian.
"I now have the confidence, experience and practical skills to embark on my career as a small animal veterinarian." Michelle Smith
Murdoch University, Perth.