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Australian Cattle Council : Yearbook 2010
65 YEARBOOK 2010 CATTLE COUNCIL OF AUSTRALIA Ihave always seen my future working with animals, particularly cattle and horses. Visits from the local vet were eagerly anticipated, particularly when he came to carry out routine pregnancy testing and artificial insemination of the dairy heifers being backgrounded on our property. I knew that becoming a vet was not going to be easy and getting a high Universities Admissions Index (UAI) seemed beyond me but I was determined to try. In 2006 when I was doing my HSC exams I heard of a new Veterinary Science course being offered at Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Wagga Wagga. This course, which I heard was focusing on production animals, Veterinary science student profile EMMA SUTTON, CHARLES STURT UNIVERSITY, NSW When I was young I was never far from Dad's side on our cattle and cropping property near Coolah in central NSW. I went to boarding school in Sydney and looked forward to hoIidays when I could help Dad with the mustering on my horse. seemed to be directed at country kids just like me. I understood that the aim of the course was to train graduates to practise in country areas to support the dwindling numbers of rural veterinarians in Australia. I also found out that CSU encouraged applicants for the course to have at least one year's industry experience before applying and so I set out to do just that. Although many people doubted I would last a month, let alone two years, in northern Queensland, I wasn't one to back down. Through a family friend I heard about 'Augustus Downs' in the Gulf of Carpentaria, and I was lucky enough to be taken on as a Jillaroo in early 2007. » Emma Sutton, Charles Sturt University