Roxanne Ferguson has always wanted to work with animals but after a troublesome few months, that led to her qualifying as an RVN in March last year, she found herself in want of something a little different. After some deliberation and a few application forms, Roxanne was invited to take a trip to the Mpumalanga province of South Africa to work with orphaned rhinos.
‘I decided I had to do something to regain my passion for the career, and to take me out of my comfort zone,’ says 24-year-old Roxanne, who is a Veterinary Nurse at Acres Vet Centre in Airdrie.
The three-week programme is called ‘Living with Orphaned Rhinos’. It’s based in the Lowveld region of Mpumalanga and provides care and protection for young rhinos that have been orphaned as a result of poaching. Roxanne’s duties will include cleaning the enclosures, feeding the rhinos, weighing them and tending to their wounds as and when necessary.
After travelling something of a rocky road on her way into the veterinary nursing profession, Roxanne is delighted to be part of such a noble cause, which comes entirely at her own expense!
‘I’m extremely excited and honoured to work with endangered wild animals and to hopefully make a real difference,’ she says. ‘This placement will help me reconnect with my passion for nursing and I’m extremely grateful to my practice for allowing me the time and opportunity.’
Roxanne heads to South Africa next month and we wish her the best of luck for assisting with this incredibly noble cause! To find out more about the ‘Living With Orphaned Rhinos’ project, click here.