- Charles Sturt veterinary student said educating the public is one of the main roles of a veterinarian, especially during times of crisis
- Mr Riley Hodgkinson is a third-year student in the Bachelor of Veterinary Science/Bachelor of Veterinary Biology
- World Veterinary Day is celebrated every year on the last Saturday in April
The response and heroic work of veterinarians during the bushfire crisis at the start of 2020 shone a national spotlight on the profession’s ability to help animals in a time of crisis.
Veterinarians spend their days caring for and healing our pets, livestock and wildlife and World Veterinary Day this Saturday 25 April is a chance to thank those in the industry for their work.
World Veterinary Day is held on the last Saturday of April each year and Charles Sturt Bachelor of Veterinary Biology/Bachelor of Veterinary Science student Mr Riley Hodgkinson said he is proud to be working toward graduating in this profession.
The third-year student from Victoria chose to study in Wagga Wagga when he discovered how practical and informative the course is.
While Mr Hodgkinson is still figuring out his career path for when he graduates in three years, he does know he wants to work in mixed practice with a focus on the dairy industry whether that be cattle or camels.
“I’ve always had a love of science and a love of animals and I find with being a vet you can put those two together,” he said.
In addition to diagnosing and treating animals, Mr Hodgkinson said the work of a vet has a crucial human connection element to it as well.
Interaction with animal owners and educating the public on proper animal care are just as important, according to Mr Hodgkinson.
Mr Hodgkinson is a residential advisor and a Charles Sturt ambassador, which he said helps build the people skills he needs to be a vet.
“I think the role of a vet also involves education, ensuring owners know how to care for their animals, and working with the community to ensure the longevity of the livestock industry,” he said.
Mr Hodgkinson said a spotlight was shone on the role of vets outside work with domestic animals during this year’s bushfire crisis.
Vets from around the country, including Charles Sturt students and staff, cared for animals who were injured in the fires.
World Veterinary Day is a way to recognise the role of vets in our community and thank them for the work they do, according to Mr Hodgkinson.
Watch Charles Sturt students talk about what World Veterinary Day means to them on the University’s Facebook page.