Veterinary student Sarah Stephen loved working with the
animals in Rarotonga. Photo supplied.
A love of animals and a desire to learn meant giving up
her summer holidays to be a volunteer was not hard for
veterinary student Sarah Stephen.
The 22-year-old former Kavanagh College pupil has spent five
weeks in Rarotonga helping out at a charitable vet clinic,
and this week will start two weeks of volunteer work with the
Yellow-eyed Penguin Trust.
Ms Stephen, who will be in her fourth year at Massey
University's Veterinary School this year, decided this was
her last chance to do some travel and volunteer work before
her course work got very demanding.
She chose the Esther Honey Foundation voluntary vet clinic
which attracted veterinarians from around the world keen to
help out with Rarotonga's animal population.
A focus of the clinic was de-sexing, but it also dealt with
unwanted animals and many animals, especially dogs, hit by
vehicles, she said.
''It was pretty hard work. The heat was a big challenge.''
But she learnt a lot by helping out and enjoyed working with
''They were the friendliest dogs I've ever met.''
After a few weeks' break, she was set to help out at the
''I'm so excited.''
Another former Dunedin student, Sophie Dunn, also spent two
weeks at the Rarotongan vet clinic, she said.