Mitchell Dodds
KLD Class of 2013
Bachelor of Science/Doctor of Veterinary Medicine

I grew up on a small hobby farm in Boolarra, located about 3 hours from The University of Melbourne. I always knew I wanted to be a Vet and the renowned Doctor of Veterinary Medicine course at the University was an exciting opportunity. I undertook a Bachelor of Science beginning in 2014 and was fortunate enough to be accepted into the Veterinary Bioscience specialisation pathway at the end of 2015. Subsequently I completed the last year of my Bachelor’s degree with the first year of DVM subjects.

During the DVM I have been fortunate enough to undertake many placements, including working with exotic reptiles, handling beautiful horses, rehabilitate injured animals at Lort Smith Animal Hospital and work on large scenic cattle farms in the high country. Now in my second last year of the DVM, I am permanently at Werribee U-Vet campus, learning clinical skills and having hands on practicals with live animals every day. While the pathway to becoming a veterinarian can be daunting, it is highly worthwhile and anyone considering doing the DVM should consider The University of Melbourne, the researchers and lecturers are known throughout the world.

Moving to Melbourne, while a nerve racking experience was definitely an exciting time. I was fortunate enough to move in with a close friend from high school. I highly recommend moving to a college or moving in with a friend from high school if possible, branch out a bit, it’s a great learning experience both about yourself and how you work with others.

As part of my degree I have been fortunate enough to go to Canberra to the Annual Crawford Fund Conference, discussing agriculture sustainability and security. This was a great opportunity and I managed to discuss important issues with some international researchers and scientists. Furthermore, this year (2018) I was able to travel to Fremantle to the annual Australia Cattle Veterinarians conference, an opportunity I would never have dreamed of.