Japanese vet learns a lot from Aussie wildlife
SHIZUYO Izumi is used to looking after household pets, but she has turned her hand to getting a uniquely Australian animal education.
The Japanese veterinarian is visiting Gladstone for the second time this year, after a friend put her in touch with Tina Jenssen and Peter Brooks at Mt Larcom's Safe Haven.
Safe Haven is a breeding and research facility for critically endangered native animals, including bridled nail-tail wallabies.
It also serves as a rehabilitation centre for ill or orphaned animals.
"I'd like to work here but speaking English is a little bit difficult for me," Shizuyo said.
"It's hard to take a licence for a vet in Australia so I decided to help Tina instead."
Back home, Shizuyo works for a vet practice in Tokyo.
She has been a vet for nine years after completing six years of university study.
"My friend knew them (Peter and Tina) and he recommended me," she said.
"They're very nice people and I like to help them. I learn a lot of things from Tina."
Shizuyo said looking after wildlife was different to what she was used to.
"Pets' owners can tell you a lot, but wildlife we have to watch them and find something different from normal so it's difficult," she said.