Young vet student living the dream

Massey University veterinary student Kayleigh Gill is home in Oamaru for her summer break and is...
Massey University veterinary student Kayleigh Gill is home in Oamaru for her summer break and is gaining work experience on southern farms. PHOTO: SHAWN MCAVINUE
North Otago vet student Kayleigh Gill is living her dream of working with large animals on southern farms.

The 21-year-old returned home to Oamaru after recently finishing her second year of studying veterinary science at Massey University in Palmerston North.

The course requires students to complete 15 weeks of work experience during the year.

This week she ends three weeks of work experience on Blair and Jane Smith’s sheep and beef farm near Five Forks.

That included helping put controlled internal drug release (CIDR) devices in cows.

Prior to that, she gained two weeks’ experience working with deer on Hakataramea Station in the Hakataramea Valley, thanks to the Gray family.

In between her study in Palmerston North, she gained four weeks’ experience on a dairy farm. Other experiences included working with horses and in a vet clinic.

Once she graduated, she hoped to return to Oamaru and work with large animals.

"I quite like dairy cows so [I’m] hopeful I can specialise in that, but we will see," she said.

shawn.mcavinue@alliedpress.co.nz

 

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