Patsy, an Australian kelpie, has been a wonderful companion to Ms Alja Brown, who adopted her at three months. But life hasn’t always been easy for Patsy. In 2013, she suffered a chronic Achilles tendon rupture, which resulted in an inability to bear weight on the affected leg.
Surgery was clearly the solution, but this was likely to result in substantial costs that Alja could ill afford on her pension.
Friend and neighbour, Dr Peter Snowdon, stepped in to help.
He drove them to the University Veterinary Teaching Hospital, Sydney (UVTHS) where Patsy received treatment. It was here that Alja became aware of the financial support available through the Animals in Need Fund, which paid for Patsy’s surgery and recovery.
The Animals in Need fund was launched by the Sydney Faculty of Veterinary Science in 2012. It was established to help cover the cost of much-needed veterinary care for pets from disadvantaged families, or stray and neglected animals and wildlife.
It covers a range of services such as desexing, vaccinations, and surgery to treat trauma or cancer. This support is helping to improve, and in many cases, save the lives of animals in need.
Since launch, more than 570 donors have contributed upward of $32,000 to the fund.
About the Sydney Veterinary SchoolSydney Veterinary School has planned to offer a 4-year, graduate-entry Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) for the March 2015 intake. This DVM program will be a stand-alone, graduate-entry degree, aimed at students who have already attained a bachelor degree and who are accustomed to the challenge of university studies.
The program encourages enrollment of students from diverse backgrounds and aims to help them achieve their goals to become veterinary medical professionals in the global community. Teaching is research-driven to ensure students will learn from the latest developments and advances in evidence-based practice, veterinary science research, animal behaviour and welfare science and veterinary public health. Students will benefit from a fully integrated learning curriculum with clinical exposure, clinical skills training and animal handling commencing in the first semester and throughout the course. Studies will take place in the one health framework, ensuring students understand the linkages between veterinary health, human medicine and the environment at local, national and global levels. The program culminates in a capstone experience year where students will be placed as an intern in veterinary clinics of all varieties and in a wide range of locations, including rotations in the university teaching hospitals at Sydney and Camden.
Students can apply for a position into the DVM after completing any kind of bachelor’s degree at a recognized university, as long as program prerequisite units of study have been met.
Applicants must have completed the following prerequisite units of study at bachelor’s degree level to be eligible for entry:
- General chemistry (physical and inorganic)
- Organic chemistry