"I worked as an infection control officer at Fitzpatrick Referrals, using diagnostic bacteriology and microbiology to diagnose post-operative surgical site infections."
For my Professional Training placement, I worked as an infection control officer at Fitzpatrick Referrals. My role included using diagnostic bacteriology and microbiology techniques to diagnose post-operative surgical site infections, as well as looking into potential sources of infection around the practice. I had lots of responsibility, and it was exciting knowing that the work I did had a direct impact on the animals’ treatment.
My placement really helped me focus for my final year, as it showed me what opportunities could be waiting for me when I graduate. I’m also better at managing my workload and time.
At the end of my first year, I was selected for a seven-week scholarship programme, to study abroad at the University of São Paulo in Brazil. It was a once-in-a-lifetime experience – I got to see and do so many things, including collecting blood samples from a herd of water buffalo.
My life at Surrey
From nights out to joining a sports club or society, there are lots of opportunities to have fun at Surrey. Getting involved with Surrey Marrow, the student-run branch of the Anthony Nolan charity, is one of the best things I’ve done since starting university.