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Noosa District State High School Year 11 students learnt about possible future careers


​Noosa District State High School Year 11 students learnt about possible future career pathways catering for the health and needs of animals and people, with an interesting presentation from Cooroy Veterinary Surgery's Dr Brian Batch and Maple Street Surgery's Doctor Claire Lawrence last Wednesday.

Dr Batch told the students about the various challenges faced on a day-to-day basis in dealing with a variety of animals from alpacas, horse and cattle to domestic and native creatures.

"Each day comes with its unique challenges. You never really know what you're going to get," Dr Batch said.

The students were interested to hear how Dr Batch copes with euthanising animals, with him acknowledging that it was a difficult aspect of his job.
"You have to tell yourself that it is for the best, and in most cases, it is, as the animal is in immense pain," Dr Batch said.

Dr Batch's practicum student, Lucy, was able to provide the Year 11's with some insight into the new ways of thinking and practice now being integrated into the Veterinary Science programs at university, and assured those interested in the profession that whilst machines and new technology are becoming more commonplace, vets will still be needed in the future to operate the equipment and provide initial diagnosis.

Cooroy Maple Street Surgery doctor Claire Lawrence shared the fascinating story of how she became a doctor after completing her schooling in Kent and studies in London.

Dr Lawrence had only planned to spend a year working in emergency medicine in Australia, and now, ten years later, is very happy living in Sunshine Coast.

"Becoming an Australian Citizen was one of my happiest moments," Dr Lawrence said.
Dr Lawrence urged the students to get a Medicare Card, find a local GP they could go to and trust and to learn basic CPR.

"If the only things you remember from my speech today are to find a good doctor you feel comfortable visiting regularly and the importance of learning basic first aid, then I have done my job properly," Dr Lawrence said.

The students were impressed with both Dr Batch and Dr Lawrence's presentations and are proud to have such a breath of talent, empathy and care within the local Cooroy community.