Zoo Chat | Fulfilling challenges as wildlife vet

Taronga Western Plains Zoo veterinarian Michelle Campbell with a two-week-old Lion cub having his first vet check. This cub is one of four male cubs born in November 2016. Photo: CONTRIBUTED

Taronga Western Plains Zoo veterinarian Michelle Campbell with a two-week-old Lion cub having his first vet check. This cub is one of four male cubs born in November 2016. Photo: CONTRIBUTED

International Women’s Day

I am grateful to have grown up in an era where, as a young girl, I was told I can be and do anything.

My workplace, like many others, is rich with strong, interesting and capable women who all have a story to tell.

For me, there was never any doubt.

The environment and the welfare of its animal inhabitants and the conservation of our natural resources were deep passions that shaped my future direction.

Today, I am immensely proud to be a Taronga Conservation Society Australia veterinarian. A role that provides me with fulfilling challenges and the opportunity to make a difference.

My workplace, like many others, is rich with strong, interesting and capable women who all have a story to tell.

When I recount the early chapters of my career, when my dreams were still in their infancy, I was struck by the importance of mentorship.

I witnessed a band of progressive women tenaciously forging careers and ambitious lives with humour and a thirst for continual growth.

They unknowingly encouraged this student of theirs to reach for the stars and were instrumental in shaping my perspective.  

As all women and men can appreciate, we are multifaceted beings and so much more than a single label or a hard-earned job title.

So yes, I am a wildlife veterinarian but I am also a conservationist, a scientist, a mother, a wife, a breadwinner, a citizen, a carer, a writer, an explorer, a trier....

So on 8 March for for 2018 International Women’s Day I encouraged everyone to celebrate the diverse and dynamic contribution of all women: at work, at home and out in our communities.

Other zoo news

PIGMY HIPPOPOTAMUS TURNS ONE

Late February, Taronga Zoo Sydney celebrated the first birthday of endangered Pygmy Hippopotamus calf, Kamina. To share the joyful occasion, Taronga Zoo Sydney is inviting guests to enjoy $1 entry on their birthday.

In her first year, Kamina has grown from 5kg at birth to 60kg, and keepers are pleased with her progress as a strong swimmer who loves getting in the water.

VISIT THE ZOO FOR $1

Taronga Zoo Sydney or Taronga Western Plains Zoo Dubbo are inviting everyone to spend their birthday at either zoo for just $1.

Taronga is not-for-profit and every zoo ticket, even your $1 entry, helps the Taronga zoos to ensure a brighter future for wildlife. During your visit, enjoy all the keeper talks and shows happening throughout the day. Guests can register for their $1 birthday entry voucher at www.Taronga.org.au/DollarBirthday.