August 2014 Introductory Training Course
(Department of Veterinary Science,Nippon Veterinary & life Science University)
The training course I participated in was a really meaningful time which afforded me the opportunity to be among the wonders of nature and learn a lot with wonderful friends. Before the course, I wondered if it might be a bit too long, but two weeks went by in a flash.
The first week was spent at David Fleays Wildlife Park, where we learned about the ecology and husbandry of a variety of Australia’s unique animals. What I remember best is helping the rangers to feed the animals and cleaning out the cages.
The Moggill Koala Hospital was where we spent our second week. Here, we were taught by veterinarians about anatomy and the types of illnesses that are a problem, among other specialist knowledge. We also got to assist the volunteer workers in taking care of the hospitalised koalas. It was a special opportunity to learn through such opportunities as observing the autopsy of unique animals that we could never see in Japan.
That wasn’t all that was in the variety-filled program. Some other activities included kayaking, at which time we were able to spot wild koalas, a visit the home of a wildlife carer, and a tour of the veterinary science facilities at the University of Queensland. Each of these reinforced my impression that wildlife conservation depends on the cooperation of a lot of people, and all of these people are each acting in their own way with the animals at the forefront of their mind. My hope is that one day I will be able to join this circle of cooperation as a veterinarian, so I am determined to put even more effort into my studies.
I also have to say that the Australian people who looked after us were all warm, friendly and kind, and I am truly thankful to them for enabling me to learn so much in such a fun way. I will treasure the memories of these people and my experiences. Thanks for a great two weeks!