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Vassem Mirka

Master of Veterinary Science – Wildlife health and conservation
Wildlife veterinarian

“I’ve always been passionate about wildlife health and found Massey to be the perfect place to learn and grow.”

Massey University gave me immense freedom in terms of choosing papers for my study. The courses were tailored-made and offered exactly what I wanted to learn.

My experience at Massey was like no other. The university offered me a perfect balance of theory classes and practicals. The curriculum not only involved work within the university, but also required me to intern/volunteer at other institutes, which greatly expanded my skills and learning. These were the most enriching aspects of my study.

Some of my most memorable experiences were interning at Wellington Zoo and at the Wingspan Bird of Prey Research Centre, where I got to experience the life of a zoo veterinarian for a few days. I also spent almost a week tracking New Zealand falcons in the Kaingarao Forest during which I saw a falcon hunt and feed on a finch through my binoculars, while sitting on my haunches in the rain. These experiences are unparalleled and will never come to me again.

I’m currently working as a wildlife veterinarian in India. I’m in charge of managing the health of captive wild animals and can proudly say that I’ve been able to incorporate my lessons learnt during my study at Massey into my work as a zoo vet."