SA vet motivated to help

Dr Christopher Smith

Dr Christopher Smith

In 2013, Dr Christopher Smith embarked on his veterinary journey, studying a Bachelor of Science (Veterinary Bioscience) at the University’s Roseworthy Campus. He completed an internship at a specialist hospital in Perth in 2019, and today works as a vet in regional South Australia.  

Growing up in Strathalbyn, Chris first knew he wanted to become a vet at the age of four or five. 

“I think it was the animals that initially peaked my interest as a young child; but as I grew it was the people you help through the animals which became the motivating factor,” said Chris.

“Because of health issues, my Dad was never able to work to his full potential, however, my Mum and Dad ensured both my brother and I were supported to achieve what we wanted, academically or otherwise.” 

“Receiving the Augustus Short Scholarship was truly a lifesaver.”

“It gave a buffer for expenses associated with the degree, such as travel (to the Roseworthy campus and holiday placements), textbooks, work-wear and personal protective equipment.”

“It also gave me the confidence to explore more adventurous extra-mural placements, including a trip to piggeries and fisheries in Thailand, and a dairy farm in South Australia’s South East."

Life after university

After graduating in 2018, Chris accepted an internship position at a specialist hospital in Perth, Western Australia. 

“This gave me four months of interning in each of the anaesthesia, surgery and emergency departments.” 

“I then spent the next six months as an emergency vet at two different emergency clinics in Perth.”

“In 2020, I moved closer to home and I am now working as a general mixed vet, based in Berri, South Australia."  

Dr Christopher Smith

Dr Christopher Smith in South Africa, undertaking a health check on a lion

Career highlights

“A study trip to South Africa is probably top of the highlight list during my final year of University. We spent two weeks with a group of Wildlife Vets, working with animals such as giraffe, elephants, lions, impala and community dogs. 

“It was truly fascinating to be immersed in an alien environment and industry, and to challenge your own preconceived notions of animal industries.”

“During my final year of studies, I also became a published author, co-authoring a paper on a rare pathogenic fungus causing nasal disease in a dog, which I look back on very proudly."

A message for our donor community

"Thank you. My personal university experience was enriched so valuably by this scholarship.”

“This assistance offered through the scholarships allows young people like me to focus on what we’re at university to do – get a solid education. 

“By giving to this scholarship, you don’t know just how much you may be helping someone.”

You can make a gift online in honour of Dr Augustus Short or by getting in touch with our Development team on +61 8 8313 5800 or

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