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Careers in Science: Somerset Alumni




Somerset Times Edition

Week 5,
Term One, 2017

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From the Smith Building Science Labs to a Veterinary Hospital in South Africa, I’m Suzie Kruse, a former Somerset Science student (Class of 2007). I enjoyed science at school, and in my senior years took Physics with Mr Jackson and Chemistry with Mrs Day. I was a member of the Sciences and Environment committees.

Excelling in Science enabled me to gain entry into Bachelor of Veterinary Science (an Honours degree) at the University of Queensland, for which Chemistry and Physics were prerequisites. After five years at the University of Queensland St Lucia and Gatton campuses, and many practical placements around Australia and New Zealand, I graduated with First Class Honours.

One of my most memorable experiences as a student was delivering a calf by Caesarean section in a farm field near Seddon (NZ) during an earthquake. We were very close to the epicentre of the quake – but the operation had to go on!

I now work in South Africa as a General Practitioner in a large veterinary clinic and hospital, with a focus on cats, dogs and exotic pets. I am also on call for emergencies some nights. We treat all sorts of interesting cases, including canine parvovirus, tick fever and dog poisonings. I am relieved to be far away from the paralysis ticks and snakes of Queensland.

Veterinary medicine is not for the faint of heart and has many challenges and stressors, but I personally find it to be a highly rewarding career.

For anyone interested in pursuing a career in veterinary medicine it is essential to enjoy science, starting at Senior School. Science at Somerset can give you just the right start to your career.

Suzie graduated from Somerset College in 2007. She was awarded the Senior Sciences Prize and received a Lorraine Pilgrim Medal for Academic Excellence.

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