VBB AVERT vet nurse Makayla Iannuzzo of Melbourne VIC shared her volunteer experience at the Wandandian Kangaroo and Wallaby Sanctuary on NSW’s South Coast – an experience she will never forget, she told us.
“Volunteering to help animals in need was something I’ve wanted to do for a very long time. When Vets Beyond Borders gave me that opportunity, I was really excited,” she said.
“At the Sanctuary I was completely out of my comfort zone and hadn’t had much medical experience with wildlife. Everyone welcomed me with open arms and were keen to teach me all they knew. With the support of VBB and all those around me, I found it easy to immerse myself into the role.”
Makayla said the volunteer experience has opened her eyes to the reality of the devastating effects that natural and man-made disasters have on wildlife and their habitats. It has opened her eyes to humanity, as well.
“It struck me that in the chaos and sorrow, these people from all around the world, from different backgrounds and with different skills, came together to give all they had and to form a community with one goal in mind – to save our native animals,” she said.
Volunteering has also been very rewarding for this young Aussie vet nurse.
“I have gained invaluable skills, made new friends and come away feeling as though I’ve helped make a difference. I would like to thank VBB for giving me this opportunity, one I will never forget.”
Makayla, we thank YOU from the bottom of our heart for volunteering and helping Australia’s precious wildlife when they need it most.