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Megan’s Skills Are Back Home

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Kingaroy Veterinary Surgery's Megan Weller, Stephen Upton and Melita Sanders with "Takani"

December 18, 2012

Who says young people don’t come back after they head off to uni? Megan Weller, from Wooroolin, graduated from the University of Queensland last Wednesday as a Bachelor of Veterinary Science, and started work in Kingaroy on Monday.

Megan attended Kingaroy State High School. After Year 12, she deferred her uni entry for a year so she could complete a vet nursing traineeship at Stephen Upton’s Kingaroy Veterinary Surgery.

She then headed off to uni, completing her degree over five years at the St Lucia and Gatton campuses.

Megan’s now back at the Kingaroy Veterinary Surgery and is already into the swing of things.

Practice Manager Melita Sanders says the surgery has been “really, really busy” lately, with holidaymakers getting their pets’ vaccinations up-to-date and people taking last-minute advantage of the RSPCA’s reduced-price desexing campaign which finishes on December 28.

(Vouchers for the scheme can be purchased from the RSPCA shelter near the airport, participating vets and South Burnett Regional Council offices).

Melita, who’s been at the surgery for two years, is another local product … a proud graduate of Nanango State High School.

She said vets all over south-east Queensland were also being kept busy at the moment treating dogs with parvovirus.

“There’s lots of parvo in the area at the moment, and it’s so contagious,” Melita said.

“It’s rampant down in Brisbane as well. It’s so much easier – and cheaper – just to get your dog vaccinated than having to treat it if it becomes sick.”

The recent hot weather has also led to a number of dogs being treated for heat stress at the Kingaroy surgery. Heatstroke can be fatal if not treated quickly.

PS. This isn’t the first time Megan Weller’s been in the news … back in 2006 while she was still in high school she was involved in an innovative research project with the then-DPI into peanut germination.

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