“I’ve wanted to be a Vet since I was a little kid. I was so lucky that my Stars Transitions Manager was able to get me work experience at a local vet – this was a major factor in me making the decision to pursue it.”
Stars Graduate, Rosslyn Pummeray-Byrne, is on her way to achieving her goal, having started studying Veterinary Science at James Cook University earlier this year.
“I’ve always loved animals. When I was six, I got to live on a sheep station for a while, which really got me wondering if I could actually become a Vet,” she says.
“But it wasn’t until Stars organised for me to do work experience at a Vet surgery in Townsville that I thought ‘Yes! This is what I want to do!’”
Rosslyn says that her work experience placement gave her a firsthand look at what it might be like to be a clinician.
“The staff let me handle the animals, and I got to observe surgeries and client interactions. They also showed me how they sanitise and disinfect surfaces and instruments. It was amazing!”
After only six weeks at University, Rosslyn says she has already learnt a lot and is working hard to stay organized and keep on top of her assessments.
“There’s so much to learn before I go out into the world as a Vet. I’m not sure yet what type of work I want to do – I love cows and horses, but I also love the small animals, like puppies and kittens!”
“I’m thinking I will probably go out rural as a livestock Vet, but I’d also love to work with exotic animals in a zoo-type setting. That would be the dream.”
Dream big, Rosslyn. The world’s your oyster!