NO one is ever going to be able to accuse Trevor Wozencroft of not giving life his best shot.
The 71-year-old boasts a curriculum-vitae that reads like a list of career options.
He has been a radio presenter for Rural Youth Speaks on 4IP, managed Australia's largest Limousin stud, a Royal Show cattle judge, been at the forefront of artificial insemination practices nationally, branch manager of a stock feed firm, held a racehorse owner and trainers licence and bred horses to chronicle just a few postings.
For the past few decades he has also been one of the country's most highly accredited therapists in photonic therapy, a light therapy system devised by former Allora veterinarian Dr Brian McLaren.
Today Mr Wozencroft calls Maryvale home, but he still spends much of his time travelling nationally to treat horses, dogs, occasionally humans and even the odd goanna with photonic light therapy.
So how does a bloke, who grew up on the other side of the world, end up making his mark on the Southern Downs?
"I grew up with animals in England; my step father worked on a property as stud groom for horses, including heavy weight hunters, for showing, fox hunting.and point to point racing.
This property also boasted the first Jersey herd in the British Isle to average a thousand gallons in 1948.
The owner invented grass driers in 1950. Being exposed to these cutting edge technologies at an early age made me aware of the need for quality feed for all animals,
Instead of using needles to stimulate traditional acupuncture points you use a safe red light, not a laser light, which just like acupuncture improves circulation, decreases pain and changes the acidity.
He left England when he was 12, back in 1954.
"I started school when I was four during a time when the world was at war and you just had to battle to survive.
"I left school when I was about 13, which in effect means I did about five months of schooling after we shifted to Australia and then I went working.
"I also felt I was behind the eight ball so to speak.
"I have made it a point to read what
ever I could and ask questions and listen to people who knew so much more than I did.
"I credit the Rural Youth organisation with giving me education in public speaking and debating.
"But I have never been afraid of trying something new."
Starting out near Boonah dairying with his family, he was one of the first people in the country to get involved in artificial insemination practices at a commercial level.
In 1967 he married Laura, who shared his thirst for knowledge and his willingness to tackle adventure.
"We paid $600 for our first house and there is no doubt we had some tough times together, but ours was very much a partnership," Mr Wozencroft said.
Then he managed a stock feed mill, before shifting to a role with a grazing company.
"I worked for a grazing company that paid $58,000 for a Brahman bull. That was 1968 and it was a lot of money to invest," he said.
"The bull was at Stanley Park, between Wandoan and Miles.
"Paying that much for a bull meant there was a lot of pressure to make the AI program successful."
Moving south to Victoria to work in the cattle industry he managed Murrindinde Station Chianina Stud and commercial embryo centre, where his two young children proved keen observers of the work.
"They were about four and six and they would come into the surgery and I'd hunt them out again and after a while I realised they were very genuinely interested," he said.
"So they would stand there and ask questions and watch as we worked."
He believes the experience had a lasting impact on their career choices: his daughter went on to to study and then practise medicine and his son is a secondary school teacher.
"The one thing Laura and I definitely did right was give our kids a strong work ethic," Mr Wozencroft said.
"No matter what you decide to do, to be any good at it you have to be prepared to work hard."
About 20 years ago the couple moved to the Southern Downs with the Collin Park Limousin Stud and it was almost by chance they stumbled on the photonic treatment they now practise.
"For me it all started one day when we got Allora vet Dr Brian McLaren out to treat a horse and he noticed I had a sprained ankle.
"Anyway he asked if he could treat my ankle with this single wave-length red light he had.
"And he did and the improvement was almost simultaneous.
"By the next day the swelling had gone down and I had full movement.
"The way and the rate it healed just astounded me and that was that."
Today Mr Wozencroft is one of the country's most highly accredited photonic therapists and explains the treatment simply.
"It is a combination of ancient wisdom acupuncture and modern technology.
"Instead of using needles to stimulate traditional acupuncture points you use a safe red light, not a laser light, which just like acupuncture improves circulation, decreases pain and changes the acidity around the injury to promote healing and reduce scarring.
"I've treated horses competing at international level through to pony club animals and favourite stock horses."
In the course of his work he has also become a quietly spoken advocate for balanced feed regimes, particularly for horses.
"I believe health is holistic, in all of us, although my work does focus on horses these days.
"But we can do a lot naturally to ensure our bodies and our animals are in balance in terms of ph and nutrient levels.
"You just have to look outside the square.
"For instance there are a lot of ways we can use diet to improve our horses' concentration, focus and calmness and it's often the same with people."
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