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How a horse dentist became part of the 'glitterati' in Thailand

Published:27 January 2019

Amy Eighteen pictured (top) in her role as an equine dentist and (below) on her recent excursion to Thailand as a CQUni Paramedic Science student.

A horse dentist from Melbourne walked into a remote school in Thailand holding a bag of glitter ... it's a quirky tale but all true!

Amy Eighteen recently took time away from her profession as an equine dentist and farrier to join a CQUGlobal Outbound program which enabled a group of CQUniversity Paramedic Science students to experience remote health clinics in Thailand.

She was carrying a bag of glitter while helping a group of Thai primary school students learn about disease prevention and handwashing.

Thanks to funding from the New Colombo Plan, Amy and the other Paramedic students also had the chance to help out at a Thai hospital, where they took pre-treatment observations such as blood sugar, blood pressure and oxygen saturation.

"I worked in animal welfare education for the RSPCA before moving into equine dentistry and farrier work, but I'm now enjoying study towards a Paramedic Science degree by distance education," Amy says.

"The Thailand excursion was a great way to meet and network with my student peers and CQUni lecturers Gavin Cousens and Laura Triffett.

"We were also able to learn about Thailand's health system, community health and the challenges they face.

"At the community clinics, we helped with road safety education along with basic bandaging and first aid for the locals.

"We got to visit the hilly and remote areas of Thailand where tourists seldom go - a much more authentic part of the country."

The CQUGlobal Outbound program allows current CQUniversity students to experience life and study in over  50 countries across six continents.