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Dana secures a scholarship for Future Vet Camp
Dana Alexander of Cooma has not only
been accepted to participate in a Future
Vet Kids Camp in Sydney, she has also
secured a scholarship for the camp.
At just 13 years old, Dana is already
determined to establish a career as a
veterinarian, and has been since she was
In late August, Dana did some work
experience with Snowy Vets, which was
facilitated through her participation in
Project O is a program run by Big hART
designed at empowering young women by
teaching them valuable life skills and self
Dana’s determination to work with
animals only strengthened during her work
experience at Snowy Vets with Dr Zach
Dr Zach recommended the Future Vet
Kids Camp and Rose Ricketson of Project
O helped Dana apply. For the PetSure
Scholarship, which pays for the entire
camp, Dana was required to write a 200-
word piece on why she wanted to attend
the camp. The scholarship is only given
to two participants in the camp. Usually
taking two weeks to deliberate over the
applications, the judging panel were so
impressed they unanimously decided the
day after the applications were due that
Dana was to receive the scholarship.
This was Dana’s written application:
“When I was little I saw my dad save my
dog, and I was so inspired that I wanted to
do it as well. The ability to save a life.
At home, I care for seven dogs, three
ducks, one goat, two cats, a fish and
a bird. I enjoy looking after them and
watching the sunset with my dog. She’s
my best friend.
passed away, so dad gave me JJ who
is female, and we developed a special
bond. I believe in the bonds that animals
and humans have. Sometimes I get along
better with her than my human friends!
I really enjoy learning about animals and
love my Ag classes, working with chickens
and goats and sheep and learning the
basic skills of animal husbandry.
I would like to work with every animal,
from pets to livestock to native animals
and marine life.
My favorite animals are dogs and
dolphins, and dream of working at a zoo, a
sanctuary or a surgery.
I love dogs because they are so loyal
and have been good friends to me. When
I was little there was a snake attacking
my mum. The dog bit the snake and
died, sacrificing itself. This gave me great
respect for their loyalty.
Animal abuse makes me really angry. It
is so wrong. I am fascinated at how nice
people can be to animals and I love seeing
rescue stories of people who save the lives
of animals and give them a better chance
at life. I love seeing the transformation of
animals in care.
I would love to attend this camp
because when you think of a vet, people
don’t often think of a woman, they think
of a man. I don’t want to be held back by
Its been my dream since I was little, and
I don’t care about stereotypes, I want to
do it anyway. The camp would be a great
opportunity to help me become a vet, by
teaching me more skills on top of what
I have already learned over a few days at
Snowy Vets. I am also looking forward to
meeting like-minded people who share a
passion in veterinary science.
I commit to my science classes at
school, especially when we work with
I want to learn more about the types of
medicines we use on animals, and how
to care for native animals. I wouldn’t mind
learning how to care for a joey etc.
The best bit about working at Snowy
Vets was seeing the sick animals get
better and go home. The happiness on
the faces of the owners! There was one
dog who had a surgery, the mum looked
really worried but when the dog came out
well she was so happy again. It made me
Dr Zach also submitted a letter of
recommendation for Dana’s application. In
it he said Dana was a fantastic candidate
with a deep love for animals.
“In her short time with the team,
Dana took every opportunity with huge
enthusiasm,” said Dr Zach of her time at
“Whether it was cleaning cages, walking
animals, or helping in consults, she was
always engaged and present, something
which will mean she will get as much as
possible out of the Future Vet Kids Camp.
“One of the most impressive things
about Dana’s passion is her curiosity, a
great attribute in any veterinarian, and
something that deserves to be nurtured
Dana would like to thank Dr Zach, Rose
Ricketson, and Andra Abolins and Caroline
Zambrano of the Future Vet Kids Camp
The camp is held in January and will be
packed with fun and educational ‘animal
adventures’, excursions and talks by
veterinarians, behaviorists and experts
from animal rescue, reptile, small animal,
canine sports groups and more.
Campers will learn about equine health,
genetic diseases, breed identification
(presented by Dogs NSW), pet nutrition,
stem cell therapy and much more. They
will get up close
the scenes at vet
Fires and arrests over Christmas
A garage was completely destroyed in a fire on
Yareen Road on Christmas Eve.
Threatening the houses either side, Rural Fire
Services (RFS), Fire and Rescue NSW, police and
paramedics attended the scene after several triple
0 calls. Neighbours were using garden hoses on the
fire prior to the firefighters arriving on scene.
On arrival at 4.30pm, the garage was well alight,
and firefighters immediately got to work protecting
the neighbouring properties. A granny flat was
attached to the garage and it sustained significant
internal damage. The fire was quickly extinguished
with no one harmed. Police are still investigating the
cause of the fire, which they believe may have been
Two Cooma males were issued infringement
notices for offensive behaviour on Christmas Eve.
Intoxicated, the males were reported to be wrestling
and pushing one another on the corner of Bradley
Street and North Street at approximately 11.30pm.
Police were called and moved the men on.
One of those males, in his 30s, was reported
again at 7.30am for causing trouble on North St. He
was arrested and detained at Cooma Police Station
until he was sober.
A 45-year-old man presented at Cooma Hospital
on Boxing Day after falling off a motorbike while on
After an examination, the man was transferred to
Canberra hospital with fractures to his spine.
A structure fire was reported to RFS on Saturday
December 23 in Delegate. The fire was already
extinguished when the crew arrived. It is believed a
male who was smoking while in bed started the fire.
On Wednesday 27 December 2017, at 4pm Police
stopped a blue Holden Commodore on Kosciuszko
Road Berridale for the purpose of a random breath
test, the driver was asked to produce his licence and
was unable to do so, checks revealed that the driver
is disqualified till the year 2035, and he had been
arrested and charged for the same offence three
days ago. The driver was arrested and will face court
at a later date.
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