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Veterinary role in the NT and WA, we talk to Jack O’Donnell (from VIC) about his vet role with CPC on their cattle stations.

September 09, 2019 Explore Careers
Explore Careers
Veterinary role in the NT and WA, we talk to Jack O’Donnell (from VIC) about his vet role with CPC on their cattle stations.
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Explore Careers
Veterinary role in the NT and WA, we talk to Jack O’Donnell (from VIC) about his vet role with CPC on their cattle stations.
Sep 09, 2019
Explore Careers
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Speaker 1:

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Speaker 2:

Right . Good . Hey guys, you're with Mitch here from explore careers . We've got Jack O'Donnell on the line from CPC. Thanks for coming on today. [inaudible]

Speaker 3:

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Speaker 2:

uh , jumping straight into it, would you be able to tell us a bit about your current role at CPC?

Speaker 3:

Yeah, and I tell 'em currently I'm employed as the veterinarian to state . They say , um , or I only work the northern territory and WWI slices. Um, and yeah, I guess generally my role is overseeing sort of animal health , um, and um, individual animal health issues, but also at a herd level. Um, the greater, yeah, the greatest size of the herd and um, sort of any health issues that arise with them. Um , and there's a bit of staff training involved with it and , um, yeah, I guess focusing on making sure that they're as healthy as possible and also the horses do the jobs that we need them to do.

Speaker 2:

Yeah. Right , right. And you touched on it just before about, you know, kind of learning on the job. So what kind of skills and qualifications have you got whilst you know you've had your time at CPC?

Speaker 3:

Well, I suppose for me, I mean I'm on from Victoria originally. My parents have a small , um, well smoking compared to the operations up here. Um, old [inaudible] , um, property. And I'm a yes coming up here. It's just dealing with the, you know, the, the grand size of everything up here and just dealing with , um, hers at a much higher level. Um, so that the , a number one thing that I've learned , um, and had to deal with is , um, that, you know, have much broader expanse , um, or the size of the operations here. Um, there's also at Collin Hill and Newcastle waters, they run an early learning program. Um, and so that pretty much I , um , a full total mixed diet. Um, so that has its challenges with bringing things, animals onto fade and weighting them , um, younger than traditionally. Um, so that comes with some , uh, health issues that can arise. Um, so I guess I'm learning a bit about St love medicine even though it's taking a plane , not a fade lot, but , um, yeah, I guess population medicine and then , um, the reproduction, so out of things, it's also been a focus of mine over the last year , um, since I started the safe they say . Um, and that, yeah, that's definitely been the two where I would say broaden my knowledge. The greatest.

Speaker 2:

Yeah. Right . It obviously sounds like, you know, you're doing a lot of different bits and pieces with CPC. Do you have a normal day a , and if so, what is kind of a typical day look like? I know you're doing a lot of different things, so , uh , I'm assuming it's basically every day is different. Is that right?

Speaker 3:

Oh yeah. Well, there's a lot of times where, especially when places going through their Brady calves where all day , um , doing pregnancy diagnosis , um, quite consistently . But you know, then at the end of the day, I might go and look at a bull that might make collocating or, and then the next day I'm off doing some horse dentals or um, yeah, they call it a phase out where they might have had some issues with , um, some cops that are super healthy. And so, yeah, it definitely very diverse . Um , they really know what to expect. Some days . Some days I'm cold and on database traveling a few hundred colonas to the next place to get, they bought it and later look at an animal health issue. Um, but yeah, it keeps it very, very easy and it's definitely , um , definitely is , uh, you know , um, keeps me interested and um, yeah, constantly thinking about things. That's the fuel .

Speaker 2:

Yeah. Can Imagine. Mate. So kind of following up from that, what would be a two part question? What would be the best part of the job and what would be the most challenging part about your job?

Speaker 3:

Uh , I think the bed pod module is not , my favorite part is I'm going to Wad rod u properties working with a lot of different people, being able to, you know, I see every sort of stations and what issues they might have and um, yeah, what , what they might need a bit of help with or the problems that arise there and trying to get to the bottom of those sorts of things. But um, yeah, I think just working with a lot of different people on , um , you know, wake to nicest and um, yeah, I think especially if the May , um, this might be different for other [inaudible] is that , uh , odd black a lot of the time I can really follow animals throughout their sort of life, whereas if you would just counting every couple of months, you wouldn't really get that exposure. Um, however, to me yet , didn't know how to , um, sort of say progression, especially with break testing, pregnancy diagnosis. I can see how accurate on main and yeah, sort of how that combat and yeah, that's really fulfilling .

Speaker 2:

Yeah, it definitely matters . It sounds like it would be quite different to your kind of standard vet , uh , I guess in the suburbs. Uh , and so very exciting, mate. So thanks for jumping on today and giving us a bit of an overview about your time at CPC and what they have you doing. Uh , it's been great chatting with you and hopefully we touch base a bit later down the track.

Speaker 3:

No worries. Thank you.

Speaker 2:

Jeez . Thanks, Jack. Thanks for listening. For more information, visit explore careers.com

Speaker 1:

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