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Examining the motivations, experiences and contributions of AMRRIC Volunteers

13 Dec 2018 - News, Volunteer stories
The following article has been adapted from a piece written by AMRRIC Program Manager – Strategic Delivery, Dr Bonny Cumming, featuring AMRRIC Volunteers' quotes, for Volunteering NT/SA’s Vitality Magazine… Each year volunteer vets, vet nurses and data collectors assist AMRRIC and its partners to deliver remote community veterinary programs.  ...

Pilbara vet program; a volunteer’s perspective

12 May 2018 - News, Volunteer stories
AMRRIC volunteer vet nurse Shoallea Cooke volunteered her time and skill on a veterinary program through the Pilbara in May. Below are some of her reflections on the experience. I have wanted to volunteer for AMRRIC for 4 years and just kept putting it off. Finally, everything aligned and I applied to, and was accepted to volunteer on a program in...

Volunteer Spotlight: Sabina Shugg on the Mutitjulu, NT veterinary program

2 Dec 2017 - News, Volunteer stories
Sabina Shugg AM has been a voluntary AMRRIC Board Member since 2011, and in December 2017 she had the opportunity to volunteer with AMRRIC partner veterinarian Dr Stephen Cutter on the regular Mutitjulu veterinary program.  Mutitjulu is an Indigenous community located at the base of Uluru, within the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.  Dr Stephen...

Volunteer Spotlight - Justine Philip joins the Pilbara animal health team

14 Oct 2017 - News, Volunteer stories
AMRRIC member Justine Philip volunteered as a data collector on the Pilbara vet program, under the supervision of AMRRIC partner veterinarian Dr Stephen Cutter.  Thanks to Dr Stephen for hosting our AMRRIC volunteers.  Here, Justine shares some insights gained from her volunteer experience.   What communities did you visit? Communities of the...

Overseas Veterinary Volunteer Opportunities

10 Aug 2016 - News, Volunteer stories
Do you want to apply your skills to a worthy cause? Many organisations welcome veterinary volunteers. Please contact these organisations directly for more information. Please note AMRRIC is not affiliated with any of these organisations. Cook Islands Te Are Manu Veterinary Clinic is a community based initiative that relies on the generosity of...

Volunteer spotlight - Michelle Hayes working with the Canberra Mob

25 May 2016 - News, Volunteer stories
During March AMRRIC volunteer Michelle Hayes joined the Canberra Mob Indigenous Dog Health for their veterinary program in the Utopia region.  Michelle and the team worked in many communities and outstations, including Antjere, Arlparra, Rocket Range, Camel camp, Amplutiwaja, and Engawala. Thank you to the Canberra Mob for hosting our AMRRIC...

Volunteer Spotlight - Simone Armstrong in Yuendumu, Yuelamu, Nyirripi

14 Mar 2016 - News, Volunteer stories
AMRRIC member Simone Armstrong recently volunteered her skills on a veterinary program in Yuendumu, Yuelamu and Nyrippi. Simone shares her insights about volunteering for AMRRIC here.  What did you do for the program? I volunteered as a vet nurse on the program, doing my best to ensure vets had everything on the unsterile side of surgeries ready...

Volunteer Catherine Tiplady shares her experience

23 Feb 2016 - News, Volunteer stories
AMRRIC member vet Catherine Tiplady recently volunteered her skills on a veterinary program in Yuendumu, Yuelamu and Nyrippi. Catherine said "Volunteering with AMRRIC made me feel that I was truly making a difference for the health and wellbeing of Indigenous communities and their animals." What did you do for the program? I volunteered as a...

Volunteer Spotlight - Graeme Blanch visits Ti Tree, Alyuen, Wilora and Laramba

23 Nov 2015 - News, Volunteer stories
AMRRIC member vet Graeme Blanch recently returned from a veterinary program in Ti Tree,  Alyuen, Wilora and Laramba in the Central Desert region, NT.  This is Graeme's second volunteer trip for AMRRIC and he shares his insights here. This time I flew to the Alice, met Linda who had driven down with Jackie from Tennant Creek, and Abby who flew in...

Volunteer Spotlight - Sarah Ballantyne

2 Aug 2015 - News, Volunteer stories
AMRRIC member Sarah Ballantyne recently volunteered on dog health programs in the Mutitjulu and Areyonga communities in the Northern Territory. Sarah shares the highlights and challenges of her experiences here. What did you do for the program?  Within the Mutitjulu community I was involved in the preparation and administration of internal and...


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