A WAGGA student has won a national dairy industry scholarship.
Charles Sturt University (CSU) student Matthew De Cicco, plans to learn more about dairy production medicine after winning the award. He earned the 2017 Greenham GOTAFE Dairy Scholarship.
Now in his final year of a Bachelor of Veterinary Biology/Bachelor of Veterinary Science at CSU Mr De Cicco, hails from Merrigum, a town in Victoria's Goulburn Valley.
He will use the $12,000 scholarship to fund a month-long work placement at Cornell University's Ambulatory and Production Medicine Clinic in the USA in January.
I hope this experience will open up a number of pathways for the future, build lasting relationships and international contacts.Matthew De Cicco
“I hope this experience will open up a number of pathways for the future, build lasting relationships and international contacts,” Mr De Cicco said. "I hope to come home and share my experiences and acquired knowledge to benefit the Australian dairy sector."
CSU lecturer Dr Angel Abuelo is a lecturer in ruminant health and production at the university’s School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences at CSU in Wagga. He said the scholarship would provide Matthew with a great opportunity to further develop his skills and knowledge by completing his final-year rotation in dairy practice.
"Cornell is one of the few Ivy League schools in the USA with a veterinary science program and has continuously been ranked in the top three courses worldwide,” Dr Abuelo said.
"Matthew will complete his rotation at the Ambulatory and Production Medicine Clinic with renowned specialists in the fields of metabolic diseases, calf health, and control and prevention of infectious diseases.” "Matthew, in my view, will become a major figure in dairy production medicine in the future. He has all the attributes to make substantial contributions to enhancing health and production of dairy cows," Dr Abuelo said. .
ABOUT THE SCHOLARSHIP:
The Greenham Dairy Scholarship was established by HW Greenham & Sons Pty Ltd in 2000 to encourage young people to make a commitment to the improvement of the dairy industry through education. The 2017 Scholarship will see the name changed to incorporate the new academic partner - GOTAFE | National Centre for Dairy Education as co-marketers of the award.
It is open each year to people aged 17 to 45 years to undertake formal study relating to the dairy industry.