University of Melbourne
There are two aspects to Warrnambool Veterinary’s association with the University of Melbourne; the hosting of fourth year students on their Dairy Medicine clinical rotation, and partnering with the University, Dairy Australia and the Gardiner Foundation to develop the future of Australia’s Dairy Veterinary leaders through their Dairy Resident Program.
Dairy Resident Program
Dr Kelly Plozza is the dairy resident based at Warrnambool Veterinary. In 2012, Kelly began her residency with The University of Melbourne. The program has been funded by Dairy Australia, The Gardiner Foundation, Melbourne University and the host clinics; Warrnambool Veterinary, Maffra Veterinary Clinic and The Veterinary Group, Timboon. The residency aims to integrate residents to local dairy communities helping them to become leaders within the wider dairy community. It also aims to diversify and broaden dairy skills across three core areas:
- Education of veterinary undergraduate university students
- Development of advanced veterinary clinical and advisory dairy medicine skills
- Completion of a Masters in Veterinary Science
The residency is a three year contract where each of the residents is based at one of three busy, Victorian dairy veterinary clinics. Warrnambool Veterinary was one of the clinics to develop a partnership with the University of Melbourne and Kelly Plozza is based at Warrnambool Veterinary for the duration of her residency.
Over three years, as well as working as clinical dairy vet and developing further dairy skills, Kelly is also working towards completing a Masters in Veterinary Science. Kelly is in the middle stages of her research into non-cycling dairy cows.
Another priority of the residency program is the advancement of veterinary undergraduate training in clinical practice. All final year students at the University of Melbourne spend one week with a resident at their host clinic. During this cattle week at Warrnambool Veterinary, students are exposed to routine and emergency dairy veterinary work alongside the residents and the clinic vets. The resident, Kelly, also carries out an interactive, afternoon seminar with all students helping to enhance their clinical processing skills. Students must also submit a written case study at the end of the week based on a case they have participated in during the week.
Having access to a resident specifically based at the clinic to teach students, exposes students to a more hands-on approach in practice and enables them to become more involved in the cases they see.
Dr Kelly Plozza