Bachelor of Veterinary Science
Marcel Muller developed his interest in plants and animals while growing up on a farm in Coffs Harbour. It was an interest that he has now turned into an ambition to improve the welfare and veterinary care of domestic animals.
But it took hard work and dedication to get there. Marcel was part of the UQ-Link program, which aims to provide equitable access to higher education for people from low-income backgrounds.
Marcel graduated with a Bachelor of Veterinary Science with first class honours in 2006 and currently works at Chermside Veterinary Hospital.
“I like that it’s not repetitive – each day is new, different and challenging. It’s also very satisfying for me to help the animals and see them and their owners go home happy,” he said.
The UQ-Link program allowed Marcel to get straight into the Veterinary Science program despite just missing out on the required entry scores.
“This motivated me to work harder and to appreciate my studies more,” he said.
“The UQ-Link camp was a good introduction to university. It helped me to familiarise myself with the campus and I met other people who were in the same boat as me.
“During my time at university I often met people from the UQ-Link camp and caught up on what was going on in their lives. This provided me with some security, to know some people from outside of my program.”
Marcel said he would tell other students that hard work pays off.
“Once you start working and applying what you’ve studied, you really realise how worthwhile it is to do those hard yards,” he said.