Major accolade for animal, child work
ANIMALS and children are not often a combination that people choose to work with, but for Emily Lynam picking one or the other was just too hard.
Emily has been working at Warwick Town and Country Vets for the past 18 months and at the Country Garden Child Care Centre - all while completing Year 12, a Certificate 2 in animal care and a Certificate 3 in childcare services.
Her hard work prompted Emily's Brisbane North Institute of TAFE teacher to nominate her for the Queensland Trainee of the Year Awards.
Emily was one of 600 nominees and managed to make it to the top three.
"I was shocked when I found out that I had made it to the top three," Emily said.
"I didn't think my work load was any more than anyone else's.
"It was tough during Year 12 because I had to travel between two different towns (Warwick and Stanthorpe) which took time out of my day, but it was all good."
Since graduating from high school, Emily has made the move from Stanthorpe to Warwick and decided to further her studies.
"I started my Certificate 4 in veterinarian nursing this year and am about to start my diploma in early childcare education," she said.
"I just like to keep busy."
Emily said it was veterinarian nursing that she hoped to make her career.
"Working with kids is rewarding," she said.
"But it is a very routine job; working at the vets you do something different everyday.
"One minute you are in the clinic the next in the paddock."
During her 18 months at Warwick Town and Country Vets Emily has had the chance to try a range of jobs.
"I have assisted with surgeries, hydro baths, sterilised equipment, reception duties and general cleaning," she said.
"It is a rewarding job and I love working with the animals.
"I learn something new everyday."
Emily said her love animals came from growing up next to her grandfather's farm in Stanthorpe.
"Our property was connected to my grandfather's farm, which is what sparked my love for animals.
"In the long run I would like to get a job at a zoo because I love exotic animals."