Congratulations Dr. DannielleReceiving the EJ Connellan Award in 2013 has assisted Dannielle Arnold from Roma QLD to complete a Bachelor of Veterinary Science at James Cook University QLD.
It is with great excitement that I can proudly write to you as Dr. Dannielle, a fully qualified veterinarian. This year has been one of the toughest, exhausting, educational and fun years of my five years of veterinary science.
The final year of vet science at JCU consisted of fortnightly rotations through different aspects of veterinary science from dairy medicine to small animal surgery to equine medicine & surgery. I also had 10 weeks of elective rotations where I got to choose any clinics in Australia or overseas to complete a few weeks placement.
Most of the small animal rotations were completed at the JCU veterinary hospital, under the supervision of various medicine and surgical specialists, meaning I was learning from the best. Given that the hospital is a referral centre for medicine and surgical cases I got to be involved in cases that were unusual conditions and not something you would see every day.
A large portion of my bovine & equine rotations were completed at privately owned vet clinics but clinics that were affiliated with the university. On my dairy rotations I was also given a lot of freedom to work cases and do treatments and really got my hands dirty with caesareans, laparotomies and prolapses. For my equine and bovine rotations I was also scheduled to be on call and do afterhours work which was a great way to get a taste of what life will be like when I am out practicing, especially as large animal vets.
I have been fortunate enough to be offered, and accepted a job at a clinic in Glen Innes, NSW. They are a mixed practice hospital, 50% small animals & 50% large animals, with more of a beef cattle focus than dairy cattle. Luckily for me this clinic ticked all the boxes for what I wanted from my first job with a bonus that they do a lot of horse reproductive work which has ultimately been an area I wanted to get into. I start in early January and I am very excited to get out into the industry and continue learning. I am not though looking forward to my first calving in the Glen Innes winter after living in sunny Townsville for five years.
I would like to thank everyone at the Connellan Airways Trust for all their support over the past 5 years. The grant has been extremely helpful throughout my degree and has come in handy this year particularly with all the travel I have had to do to get to my various rotations.