Student profile
Emma Clayton, BSc (Hons) Veterinary Biosciences

Emma Clayton

"The campus has great scientific facilities, especially the pathology laboratories, where you get to put theory into practice during practicals."


Veterinary Biosciences BSc (Hons)

Placement company

Liphook Equine Hospital

Why I chose Surrey

I'd been interested in science from a young age and gained a lot of veterinary based work-experience during sixth form, which helped me make the decision to study BSc (Hons) Veterinary Biosciences . I chose to study here because I'm originally from Surrey, so the prospect of moving back home was exciting. 

I was also interested in the specific modules taught on the programme compared to other Universities that I'd visited. Surrey was also high in the league tables, particularly for student satisfaction. 

The open day was the deciding factor for me. I loved that the campus is all on one site and I was impressed with the science facilities, especially the teaching laboratories. I had the chance to speak to current students and lecturers which helped me to get an insight into the course.

My course

The teaching staff are very approachable and keen to help you improve by offering regular feedback on your work. The staff are always keen to show future opportunities for employment within their lectures. The campus has scientific facilities which are suited to all aspects of the course, especially impressive pathology laboratories. I particularly enjoy the practical sessions within the laboratory because we are putting the theory we learn into practice.

My placement

I'm currently on my Professional Training placement at Liphook Equine Hospital as a laboratory technician, working with many aspects of diagnostics, including haematology, cytology, endocrinology, biochemistry, serology and parasitology.

My job involves opening the post with the other technicians and centrifuging the samples for testing, which can be hundreds a day. We aim to test the majority of samples in the morning so the veterinarians can report the findings to clients efficiently. I've gained a particular responsibility to test serology samples which has enabled me to use my skills gained on the course, such as the enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay technique.

Studying abroad

I was also offered an amazing opportunity to study abroad and take a scholarship to Brazil for two months where I experienced working in a vet school in São Paulo and got my hands dirty working on traditional farms in Pirassununga. 

Studying and living in Brazil was one of the best experiences I have ever had. I learnt so much from the professors and students, made new friends and have started to learn Portuguese. I'd highly recommend taking any opportunities to study abroad!

My life at Surrey

The campus is located close to the centre of Guildford which is great for socialising and shopping. The train station is right next to the campus with quick links to LondonSurrey Sports Park and Guildford spectrum are nearby which both have amazing facilities.

My career and development

When applying, my original aim for this course was to lead onto veterinary medicine, but since then I've gained a passion for diagnostics in a laboratory environment and would love to specialise in this area.

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