Peer support scheme

A vet school peer support scheme has been officially launched, giving Surrey students the opportunity to talk to their peers about their studies, university life and everything in between. 

The Vet School Peer Support Scheme is a new scheme at Surrey, recognising the essential role students play in supporting and encouraging one another on a day-to-day basis, throughout their time at university. Students are likely to look to each other first for help in thinking through issues and for emotional support, but there are times when this can leave friends feeling out of their depth; unsure how best to help, but anxious about seeking advice for fear of betraying trust. This scheme trains and assists appointed Surrey Vet Students in supporting their peers, and being a friendly and approachable person for other vet students to go to in times of need.

The scheme runs in collaboration with the Centre for Wellbeing, with each successful peer support applicant undertaking 30 hours of training before they begin their role, and receiving ongoing support and development in the form of reflective practice at the Centre for Wellbeing. 

The scheme forms part of an overall network of support for Surrey Veterinary students, which includes the personal tutoring system and the VetSoc led “Vet Families”.

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Holly Sutton

Modern life can create a multitude of strains and stresses, sometimes things just pile up and we can’t see a way out, or sometimes a tragic event may catch us when we least expect it. Those close to us may be too involved, or you may feel like you cannot confide in them. No matter how small you may think the issue is, or what time of day, drop me a line, we’ll grab a cup of tea and we can chat.

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Katie Turney

I may be a big talker, but I’m also a great listener when it counts, and I believe that kindness is our best trait. You can come and talk to me about Disney, or unicorns, or what’s really on your mind, and I’ll be with you every step of the way. I’ll talk to you as your friend, who’s always there and usually has tea.

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Leo Martin

Originally from Aberdeen, I graduated in Zoology from the University of St Andrews in 2010. I then worked as a junior environmental consultant and volunteered at the zoo in Edinburgh for a year before coming down to Surrey. I’m into almost any sports, particularly football and cycling. I’ve travelled through most of Eastern Europe and the U.S.

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Lucy Hicklenton

Hi I’m Lucy, I’m 22, a 3rd year vet student and the Vet Soc’s Welfare Rep for 2014-16. I grew up and lived in Northumberland until I moved to study at Durham University and then again moved to Guildford where I was allocated Hazel Farm accommodation. I believe that student wellbeing is essential for people to thrive, especially after experiencing some of the challenges of starting university at Durham, and so I created and ran for the Welfare Rep position. I love university life but understand that it’s not always a smooth ride, so I want to help others in any way I can and I am here to listen to any problem, big or small, I am happy to help.

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Tighearnan Mooney

My name is Tighearnan Mooney, but call me Tigger. Im a third year vetmed student from south London, I want to make surrey vet school a friendly place. As one your peer mentors I am here to help you feel at home, and offer reassurance and advise to help make your time at surrey a happy and productive one. If you ever feel like you need to talk to someone – or just need a place to vent you can email me or give me a shout on facebook.

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Alexia Yiannouli

My name is Alexia Yiannouli and I’m a vet student. I’m from the North East of England and come from an English, Greek and Hungarian family. I love chatting and interacting with new people, so don’t be afraid to stop me and say hi! I enjoy playing the piano, reading, travelling, and hugging animals (something I’m sure we all have in common!) Please feel free to contact me by email

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Gracie Rudman

I’m a member of the VetSocWellbeing team, and I’m always up for a chat so feel free to stop me and say hi! My favourite things include Netflix, napping, pizza and dogs, and I grew up in Surrey – so I haven’t travelled very far to come to vet school, but I’m the one to come to for tips and tricks about living in the area!

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Hayley Meekums

I am a 4th year vet student from South London, and this is my second degree after doing Bioveterinary Science at RVC. I want everyone to know that they are not going through this alone, so I am here to be a kind face, a listening ear and a friend. There is no problem too big or too small that cant be helped by support from your peers and I would like to be there for emotional support with respect and sensitivity - I'll bring the tea!

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Joana Momkute

I’m in third year and originally from Lithuania. I’m a postgrad and studied my first degree in Scotland well away from home, thus more than aware of all kinds of homesickness issues and more. I take great pride in my excessive addiction to tea and fictional books, and suppose an occasional movie (or a few). I love meeting new people and chatting about everything and anything. If you just need a chat, want to borrow a book or have a serious problem you can’t seem to get your head around please do find me or email or text or use any other technology to find me and I promise to do all I can to help.

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Lucy Carr

I’m a third year vet student from Northumberland. I’m a huge coffee fan, so feel free to come and have a chat with me over a coffee any time, just drop me an email or come and find me around the vet school. Nothing is too silly or too big to talk about, and I’m always here to listen.

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Sydney Dobberson

I am a second-year student from South East London. I graduated from Hartpury College, Gloucester with a previous degree in Bio veterinary Science in 2016 before I applied to Surrey. I have always been a sensitive person, so taking the first step into university wasn’t easy for me, but it’s made me the person that I am today. On top of your workload, there is a myriad of different stressors that can become overwhelming; financial constraints, housemate issues, home sickness (missing your pet!), but you don’t need to tackle them alone. If you would like some support or just a friendly chat, please don’t hesitate to send me an email or give me a wave.

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Eleanor Higgott

I’m a 3rd year vet student from Yorkshire and yes I sound like a ‘proper northerner’ so it shouldn’t be too hard to find me!! I love many things including; animals (obviously), caffeine, sugar, hugs and crazy dancing in Popworld or Spoons. I am always up for a chat or ready just to sit and listen (we all need to let off steam sometimes), I’m super friendly and I promise I don’t bite so just drop me an email or come find me floating around in the vet school.

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Christian Riley

I am a second year veterinary student with a passion for wildlife, cheese and glitter (preferably of the pink variety). My friends call me camp but I disagree. Having taken a gap year before reapplying to vet school, I am aware of the issues students may encounter with regards to confidence and self-doubt. I am always happy to talk to people about any problems they might be having, so just contact me or come and find me (although my hair colour changes about once a month, so you may have to ask around to find me!)