Fresh face at vet clinic shifts to North Burnett from South
ANIMAL lovers and primary producers in the Monto region will notice a new face at Monto Veterinary Surgery when they take their stock or furry friends in for a vaccination or check-up.
Brooke Barron, 18, moved from Cooyar, near Kingaroy, and has taken up the position of assistant nurse after graduating from Nanango High School in 2017.
It's her first time in a veterinary surgery and she said she was loving the experience.
"I've always lived on a cattle property at home," Ms Barron, one of seven siblings, said.
In addition, she has had a lifelong "passion for horses".
Ms Barron is hoping to enrol in online tertiary education during her time at the surgery, to formalise her knowledge of animals and veterinary nursing.
And once she's settled in, she hopes to get a dog to keep her company.
Ms Barron started at the surgery about two months ago, just in time to accompany her new colleagues to the annual Monto Races.
Veterinarian Dr Stacey Rae said Ms Barron was a "great young lady with a very bright future".
"Brooke is from a rural background and has had good exposure to pets and livestock all her life," Dr Rae said.
"This is an advantageous attribute in our workplace.
"Brooke has a very willing attitude, is a quick learner, shows strong confidence and displays great communication skills."
Dr Rae said Ms Barron's responsibilities included feeding, watering, medicating and walking the surgery's patients, as well as assisting veterinarians and vet nurses to prepare patients and look after them during their recovery.