Gold ? straight from horse?s mouth
By SALLY GORDON
WHEN Equine Veterinarians Australia held its annual 'logies' night, it was Grafton vet Oliver Liyou who took home the gold.
Mr Liyou won the Equine Veterinarians Australia Nature Vet Scholarship Award worth $3300.
The prize is available for vets to enhance career development through continuing study.
Mr Liyou said he would be using the funds to fly to Indianapolis in the US to attend a gathering of world leaders in equine dentistry.
He said the American Association of Equine Practitioners had featured equine dentistry as this year's topic for the focus meeting.
The vet of 13 years takes off to the US on Thursday, joining four other Australian veterinarians who are going. Mr Liyou believes it is his work over the past few years which caught the judges' attention.
"I've really reintroduced the profession to equine dentistry; we've been running workshops for four years teaching vets about dentistry," he said.
"We've had about a quarter of horse vets in Australia come through our course in Grafton.
"I think it's acknowledgement for running those courses and bringing a big line of work back into the profession."
Mr Liyou has been working with horses from a young age and said the more he learnt about the creatures the 'more fascinating they became'.
"It really drives home to me why horses have been a part of the history of man."