Volunteer work with VESA allowed Amy to travel to South Africa and apply learned and adopted animal husbandry skills with animals not worked with previously. This was followed by a placement in New Zealand where “there were all sorts of veterinary experiences to be had…it was good to get some practical experience in the dairy industry and network with some great vets with whom I still maintain contact”. Further, “I applied plenty of my theoretical knowledge and tried out some of the techniques I’ve learnt in the last years at university”. Volunteering work for Amy continues (Riding for the Disabled) and her strong desire to return home (Gorrie Station) is at the forefront of her mind. She resolutely acknowledges the EJ Connellan Award has enabled volunteering, placements and extra curricula activities to benefit her formal studies in Veterinary Science.