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MEDIA RELEASE: People, animals and an Agcarm scholarship

12 June 2018

Massey University student Georgina Martin’s determination to work with animals was rewarded with a $2,500 scholarship from Agcarm.

Being a veterinarian isn’t just about treating animals, says Martin. Considering herself a people-person, she loves the idea of working with people and animals. “It’s an awesome mix between the two,” she says of her chosen career.

Raised rurally, the 22-year-old learnt to care for, feed and understand the needs of animals on the family farm.

Born and bred in Rangiora – by the age of 10 Martin was devising a chicken-breeding programme with the family’s bantam hens – documenting their routines, behaviours, and demeanours – from egg-laying to hatching chicks. Her chosen career was clear then, but with speed wobbles and a dicey relationship with physics, a confidence slump saw her toying with the idea of becoming a lawyer. Georgina soon realised this was not for her. After three years of tertiary study, she was accepted into the Bachelor of Veterinary Science degree and could finally embark on her journey.

Now in her a third year, Martin acknowledges the vital role of animal medicines in any veterinarian’s toolkit. Culling of animals and the loss of production and employment are the costs of disease, she says. Animal medicines help veterinarians and the animals they treat – as well as lifting farm production and aiding the economy. “Healthy animals produce safe food,” she says.

Martin’s win will help her travel to vet placements around the country – required for her studies – as she already has an impressive student loan and two years of study to go.

Familiar with working with horses, on dairy farms, and managing operations on a high country station, Martin plans to return to North Canterbury and use her studies to work with production animals.

At Massey, Martin is a member of the wildlife, business, cloven hoof and equine clubs.

Outside of her studies, she can be found coaching basketball and volunteering at riding for the Disabled.

Agcarm chief executive Mark Ross said that the association is pleased to contribute towards the future of such a dedicated, tenacious and personable student who is so committed to animal health.

“We were extremely impressed with the dedication Georgina showed for animal welfare and agriculture,” Ross said.

Agcarm has two scholarships to support education and raise awareness about careers in Agcarm-related industries. The winner of the horticultural scholarship is Geoffrey Berntsen.

Industry initiatives led by Agcarm include providing safe and sustainable animal health and crop protection technology for the future of New Zealand, and educating the community about the industry’s contribution.

About Agcarm

Agcarm is the industry association which represents crop protection, animal health and rural supplier businesses.  Agcarm members distribute and sell the majority of veterinary medicines and crop protection products in New Zealand.  Agcarm members promote responsible use of products right through the product life cycle, from research to disposal.

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For more information, contact:

Mark Ross Tel: 04 499 4225 Mobile: 027 442 9965