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David Hawker MP Federal Member for Wannon Electorate Office: 190 Gray Street, Hamilton, Vic., 3300 Ph: (03) 5572 1100 or Local Call 1300 131 692 Fax: (03) 55 72 1141 Email: David.Hawker.MP@aph.gov.au Web: www.davidhawker.com.au

Media Release The Hon David Hawker MP Speaker of the House of Representatives Federal Member for Wannon

28 February 2005

CAMPERDOWN IN SCHEME TO BOOST RURAL VET NUMBERS

Camperdown Veterinary Centre is currently hosting scholarship recipient Dr Peter Harding, under a program to increase the number of vets in rural Australia.

“The Rural Veterinary Bonded Scholarship Program provides a selection of Veterinary Science students with financial assistance in their final year of study, as well as initial employment after university,” said Member for Wannon, Hon. David Hawker.

“The Australian Government-funded program will help boost the number of vets in Western Victoria by providing graduates with paid work experience in regional Australia, in this instance in Camperdown, with the Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service (AQIS), where their skills and experience can make a dramatic difference,” Mr Hawker said.

Dr Peter Harding, a Veterinary Science graduate from the University of Melbourne, is undertaking an 11-month AQIS-funded work experience program based at Camperdown Veterinary Centre.

“Congratulations to Peter on his success and I am sure that both the experience and knowledge he gains from this program will provide a strong base to develop his veterinary career,” Mr Hawker said.

“Dr Greg Darcy and the team at Camperdown Veterinary Centre are also to be congratulated for taking part in this scheme, bringing new vets and their professional skills to rural Australia.”

Peter is one of six graduates to benefit from the scheme in 2004/2005. As part of the 11-month work program, his on-the-job development will include full employment with AQIS while working in the private veterinary practice.

Scholarship holders will also take part in a comprehensive professional development program to enhance their grasp of animal health issues. This Scholarship Project Team will ensure participants spend four to six weeks at a variety of government agencies, including at an AQIS-accredited export plant, working with a government veterinary officer and the opportunity to undertake exotic animal disease training at the

Australian Animal Health Laboratory in Geelong.

To assist the new vets to grow and develop in their chosen career, a mentoring program ensures regular contact with a senior veterinary officer to share professional skills and experience.

Further information on the AQIS Rural Veterinary Bonded Scholarship Program can be obtained by emailing VetsScholarship@aqis.gov.au

Media contact: Jane Templeton (03) 5572 1100