Emily Lynam and Brianna Miller heal Sophie the kelpie.
Emily Lynam and Brianna Miller heal Sophie the kelpie. Chris Burns

Pet project success

BRIANNA Miller and Emily Lynam agree they learn more about nursing sick animals through the touch of experience than by the theory of bland schoolbooks.

Emily, who just started a certificate 2 in animal studies at Warwick Town and Country Vet, said she spent her first day monitoring small animals, like Sophie the kelpie who had come in that morning with a sore leg.

Brianna still works at the clinic even though she completed her certificate last year.

She said she didn't have a favourite animal, preferring to treat them all with love and kindness.

Kathy Mauch, who completed a Certificate 4 in Veterinary Nursing, works alongside the girls and said the traineeships were a great way for budding veterinarians to gain background knowledge in animal care before further study.

"It's easier for the girls to learn it as they go along, then they can read about it later," Kathy said.

Kathy said the girls basically helped prepare and assist with the animals, receptionist duties, and keeping the clinic tidy.

"Because it's got to be spick and span really," she said.


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