This past summer, Alexandra Honey, 25, of Napa, spent two weeks in Australia helping animals and learning hands-on what it’s like to be a veterinarian.
Traveling with study-abroad organization Loop Abroad, Alexandra was selected as part of a small team that volunteered at Walkabout Wildlife Park caring for kangaroos, koalas, and other Australian animals.
The Veterinary Service program brings students to Australia for two weeks to volunteer alongside veterinarians from the US and from Australian animal experts and rangers.
Alexandra and her team provided care for the animals at Walkabout, including feedings, health checks, enrichments, and routine care.
The facility is home to kangaroos, wallabies, wallaroos, echidnas, koalas, dingos, quolls, wombats, possums, flying foxes, pythons, turtles, kookaburras, and a number of other species of mammals, reptiles, and birds.
Of her trip, Alexandra said, “From handling wombats and pygmy possums to learning how to suture and perform necropsies, this was a once in a lifetime experience and I am so grateful for my time down under.”
Alexandra is a graduate of University of California, Davis with a degree in Animal Science.