Student profile
Aiden Pang

Aiden Pang

"I’ve been grateful to be fully immersed in veterinary practice throughout my placements. There have been opportunities for me to work with a huge variety of species, ranging from sharks to servals!"

A home away from home

I was immediately set on coming to Surrey after my interview. There was a strong sense of community and I felt instantly welcomed. The first day I arrived on campus it felt like I was welcomed with open arms. Despite being over 300 miles away from home, there has never been a time I felt out of my depth.

Studying at Surrey

The practical sessions at Surrey are a great opportunity to improve confidence with animal handling, laboratory techniques and clinical skills. The facilities are modern and well-structured which I feel has allowed my creative thinking and engagement to be optimised.

I’ve always found the staff to be approachable and enthusiastic. Staff get to be a huge part of students' growth throughout the course, and I feel privileged to be able to learn from people with so many different interests and receive encouragement and respect for my ideas.

The clinical skills team are also amazing and put a lot of effort in to making resources widely available for students. From student feedback, they’ve successfully opened up the clinical skills facility for out-of-hours use which has allowed more students to spend the time to work on skills at their own pace and practice those they are less confident with.

Lifelong friendships

When I joined the University, I lived in Battersea Court. It was such a fantastic opportunity to meet so many other students and it was invaluable to be right in the heart of campus. It made getting involved in social events and utilising facilities such as the library so easy!

Many of the people I met in my accommodation I’m still really good friends with today, some of them I’m even still living with!

I think the best thing about living in University accommodation was the accessibility to everything. I enjoyed the walk from the main campus to the vet school every morning and I was never far from the local supermarket, the library or even Rubix!

"I've adapted to working with a huge variety of people by completing a total of 58 weeks of placements in 20 different working environments."

Sharks, servals and Spain

The final year of Veterinary Medicine is structured so you spend the year out in clinical practice on intramural rotations (IMR). I have spent the year living all over the UK, from Cardiff to Carlisle, and have been integrated into different teams.

Extramural studies (EMS) are another essential component of the degree. This has also been an incredible opportunity to see new places and meet new people. Although I have completed most of my placements around my home in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, I have also explored some of the UK and even abroad in Spain!

I’ve been grateful to be fully immersed in veterinary practice throughout my placements. There have been opportunities for me to work with a huge variety of species, ranging from sharks to servals! I currently have a strong interest in surgery, so personal highlights have involved being allocated my own cases for routine neutering in cats and dogs, and assisting veterinary surgeons in my specialist orthopaedic and soft tissue procedures. I’ve had opportunities to formulate the anaesthetic plan for many species and have been trusted to implement this too!

I think that my degree progression alongside my additional EMS and IMR experiences has allowed me to develop as a veterinary professional. I've adapted to working with a huge variety of people by completing a total of 58 weeks of placements in 20 different working environments.

The next chapter

Veterinary medicine is something that has always been inspiring to me. Beyond the fulfilment I get from knowing I can improve the welfare and quality of an animal's life, I’m fascinated to be in such a rapidly evolving profession. Being able to work in an environment where I’ll be able to learn something new every day is exciting for me and I love being able to work with so many people and animals. I currently have a dream job lined up in a veterinary hospital as a small animal veterinary surgeon which I am excited to start!