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UQ vet students learning large at Tandora

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Working with large animals, particularly cattle, is proving a drawcard for veterinary students.

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Third year University of Queensland Gatton campus vet students Amanda Miller, Nicole Herd, Lauren Taylor and Erin Baker learning about the practical side of the cattle industry on the Titmarsh family's Maryborough property Tandora.

Third year University of Queensland Gatton campus vet students Amanda Miller, Nicole Herd, Lauren Taylor and Erin Baker learning about the practical side of the cattle industry on the Titmarsh family's Maryborough property Tandora.

THIRD year vet students Amanda Miller, Nicole Herd, Lauren Taylor and Erin Baker all have something in common; they are all drawn to working with large animals, particularly cattle.

"Well there is certainly a lot more to them than cats and dogs," laughed Erin Baker, to the agreement of the group, which is undertaking a two week placement on the Titmarsh family's property Tandora at Maryborough.

While none have a livestock background, the young women all described beef and dairy cattle as very interesting because they offered plenty of variety.

Trisolfen has proven particularly for dehorning calves on Tandora.

"Every time there is something new to learn," Nicole Herd said.

Tandora has been a regular host to vet students from the University of Queensland Gatton campus, accepting more than 140 placements during the past decade.

"This is one way we can encourage young people studying to become vets to focus on cattle," Glenn Titmarsh said.

"They're always keen to learn so we make sure we time their visits with when we are doing cattle work, particularly branding."

Mr Titmarsh said the use of the pain relief treatment Trisolfen had become standard practice, and had been used on the calves for the past three seasons.

"It's proven particularly good for dehorning," he said.

Tandora runs about 1200 breeders and is well known for its top quality weaners sold at Shepherdson and Boyd's annual Toogoolawah sale each May.

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