An internship at the Graham Centre for Agricultural Innovation has shown Charles Sturt University (CSU) veterinary science student Ms Dione Howard the potential of research as a career path.
"As part of my student internship I was involved with field activities like collecting blood samples from ewes, and weighing ewes and lambs," Ms Howard said.
"I also spent some time in the University's parasitology laboratory to gain an understanding of the development of new parasite diagnostic tools for commercial use."
Ms Howard said the skills she's gained through the internship will be put to good use in her upcoming Honours research project.
"I have gained skills in data collection and analysis, both through practical activities and attending statistics workshops facilitated by the Graham Centre.
"I have also learnt about many of the components that are involved in preparing for a research project, from funding to ethics applications.
"The best part of the internship for me has been developing an understanding of the different types of research projects currently underway at the Graham Centre and the opportunities for future research.
"This internship has encouraged me to focus on livestock systems throughout the remainder of my degree and I'm looking forward to seeing where it will lead beyond graduation," Ms Howard said.
Applications for 2018 Graham Centre student internships open on Tuesday 17 October.