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Australian Cattle Council : Yearbook 2008
page 44 C aTTL e COUNCIL OF a USTR a LI a Y ea RBOOK 2008 vet Science profile: Stephanie Bullen as a youngster I worked for a number of years at a local veterinary clinic; mucking out stables, cleaning kennels and looking after polo horses whilst dreaming of a career as a horse vet. In 2003 I attended a Stud Beef victoria cattle handlers’ camp at the Melbourne showgrounds which sparked a keen interest in the cattle industry and I became more involved with the cattle at home. I was given a stud angus heifer, affectionately known as ‘Mouse’, the previous year and established my own stud ‘Windorah angus’. I went on to take ‘Mouse’, her offspring and relatives (my parents’ cattle) to numerous local shows and Royal Melbourne Show during my high school years. With my parents’ encouragement and that of some local veterinarians I applied for the new veterinary science course at Charles Sturt University in Wagga Wagga. I was accepted in the second intake and moved straight from school to Wagga Wagga where I am now in my third year of study. In my first year of BvSc I was a year level representative for our veterinary Students’ association, a Landmark angus Youth ambassador and recipient of the Te Mania angus Most potential Breeder encouragement award. I also travelled to perth where I competed in the national finals for both beef and dairy junior judging competitions, a passion I still have today. I caught the travel bug whilst in perth and went back to Western australia in January this year. I spent four weeks in esperance and a great deal of time with Dr enoch Bergman of Swans’ veterinary Services doing a large amount of cattle work. I was lucky enough to be involved in an attempt to break the clinic’s pregnancy testing record on a local property. Unfortunately we fell just short of the record but I am looking forward to another attempt next summer. The CSU course has a fairly heavy emphasis on a ‘whole farm/herd/flock approach’ to veterinary science and I have found myself developing an interest in maximizing profitability of both extensive and intensive animal enterprises. My trip to esperance hugely enhanced this and I was fascinated by the amount of ‘farm consulting’ veterinarians did on a day-to-day basis. In addition, I was astounded by the sheer size of some of the agricultural (as opposed to pastoral) cattle and sheep operations in the area and hope to spend a lot more time learning about similar, highly profitable enterprises throughout australia before I graduate. Ultimately, I hope to end up in cattle practice but realise it takes patience and hard work to succeed and I believe that making the most of every experience which comes my way is probably the best way to go about achieving my goals. I have spent the last 11 or so years on a small angus stud and commercial operation near geelong, victoria. I grew up around horses; my poor Mum carted me from one side of the state to the other to compete in pony club and show jumping events. Charles Sturt University