Published: 15 October 2014

Local people asked to help equip veterinary students for real life

The University of Surrey’s School of Veterinary Medicine is appealing to animal lovers in Guildford and the surrounding areas to help with students’ training, by becoming volunteer veterinary clients.

Veterinary students need people to take part in mock clinics in order to practise essential skills.  As part of the Simulated Client Programme, volunteers are required to take part in activities where veterinary students have the opportunity to learn and practise their communication skills with members of the public.  The School of Veterinary Medicine is especially keen for local pet owners and people with experience of horses and farm animals to be involved.

Jenny Moffett, Senior Teaching Fellow at the University of Surrey, said: “It is vital that veterinary students learn how to work with real people from the get-go. The human-animal bond forms a central part of the veterinary-client relationship, and those with experience of working with, or sharing their lives with animals can have extremely valuable feedback for trainee vets.”

Volunteers do not need any prior experience, or previous acting experience, as full training is provided. Training involves sessions with professional actor, director and role-player Mike Rogers, who regularly teaches and directs at the Guildford School of Acting.  

Those interested in being involved must be available to train on one or both of the following days: Tuesday 18 November or Friday 21 November.  Volunteers will have their travel expenses covered and refreshments will be provided during training.

For more information about the Simulated Client Programme, please contact Jenny Moffett, E: or T: 01483 683848.

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