Student profile
Aaron Watkins

Aaron Watkins

"One of the reasons I chose Surrey was for the amazing placement year opportunities and the potential work contacts I’d meet."

Veterinary Biosciences
Placement company
Fitzpatrick Referrals

"At the end of my first year, I was selected for a seven-week scholarship programme 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.

For my Professional Training placement year, I worked as the Infection Control Officer at Fitzpatrick Referrals. My role included using diagnostic bacteriology and microbiology techniques to diagnose postoperative surgical site infections, as well as looking into potential sources of infection around the practice.

"My placement showed me the opportunities that could be waiting for me when I graduate."

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.

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."

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