• Windorah Queensland

Karhlia Smith

New Graduate - Mixed Practice

Veterinary Placements

Knox Veterinary, Dalby                                                                                                                          July 2015

Regional mixed practice within reasonably close range of specialist referral options. The large animal work I was involved in mostly consisted of beef work (both commercial and stud), some feedlot work and the camp-drafting discipline related work including vaccinations, wound management and mare scanning.  In clinic I was exposed to the general range of consulting issues and surgical procedures including desexing, stitch ups and lump removals.

Maranoa Veterinary Surgery, Roma                                                                                                  June 2015

Rural mixed practice dealing with extensive beef enterprise. I was able to be exposed to some pregnancy testing work, straight forward dystocias and a cesarean section. The equine component mostly consisted of general health checks including Hendra vaccinations and dentals. Due to the distance of the clinic from referral centers I was also fortunate enough to observe some slightly more advanced small animal soft tissue and orthopedic work.

Clare Valley Veterinary Services                                                                          December 2014/June 2015

Rural mixed practice placement dealing with the southern Australian farming systems covering the most common farming species including cattle (beef and dairy), sheep and alpaca. and equine including Thoroughbred breeding and pleasure disciplines. Due to only previously having knowledge of the northern Australia farming systems this placement was invaluable in exposing me to the differences between the two systems.  

Tableland Veterinary Services                                                                                   April 2015/October 2015

Dairy based mixed practice as part of university based clinical placement. Completed my first of two 2 week placements in April this year and completed my second 2 week placement in October.

Brisbane Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Service                                                           July 2014

During my 2 week placement I was exposed to the nature of a high level veterinary emergency service particularly in dealing with medical emergency cases where stress management, quick thinking, communication and team work are key skills. Due to the service also being affiliated with a specialist center I also gained exposure to varying types of critical care from the patients of the specialist service that were in our care overnight.

North West Veterinary Clinic, Mt Isa                                                                                          February 2014

The 2 week placement in Mt Isa was one of my first clinical placements which allowed me a great degree of learning the general day to day running of a rural mixed practice. Due to the distance to referral centers I was able to witness a greater range of surgical cases and their following management.

Work History

Work History

Work Experience

Jul 2012 - Jul 2012
Cheelonga Dairy Farms, Atherton Tablelands 

General dairy workload including milkings using a herringbone and rotary dairy, herd health, calf rearing, nutrition and infrastructure maintenance.

Animal Attendant

Dec 2011 - Dec 2011
Merivale Farms Allora

Worked predominately in the farrowing sheds dealing with piglet rearing including nutrition, health and assisting in cases of basic dystocias. 

School Assistant

Jan 2010 - Dec 2010
Queen Ethelburga's College North Yorkshire, UK

Supported the staff in the girl's boarding houses including off campus excursions and worked as a teacher's aid.



Bachelor of Veterinary Science

Feb 2011 - Dec 2015
James Cook University

I have just successfully completed my final year at JCU in Townsville.

Year 12

Jan 2009 - Nov 2009
Clayfield College 

I spent my final year of high school as a boarder at Clayfield College in Brisbane.

Skills and Qualities

  • Teamwork
  • Practical
  • Trustworthy
  • Loyal
  • Self-motivated
  • Reliable
  • Strong work ethic
  • Compassionate


  • Microsoft Office
  • Rx Works
  • Social Media


Queensland Open Manual Drivers License and RE Motorbike License

Queensland Firearms License Categories A and B


Dr. Jemma Postle

Jemma is a Practice Partner at the Knox Veterinary Clinic in Dalby, QLD. I completed a 2 week placement at the practice in July this year being involved mostly in the large animal work including such tasks as cattle pregnancy testing and bull testing.

PH: 07 4662 2301


Dr. Louise Lehmann

Louise is the Practice owner at Clare Valley Veterinary Services in South Australia. I completed two, 2 week placements at the clinic first in December 2014 then again in June 2015. Work encountered involved general companion animal services as well as some dairy medicine, alpaca work and everyday equine practice including dentals, wound management, eye care and nutrition.

PH: 08 88422822