Student profile
Hana Crawford

Hana Crawford

"The staff are helpful and understanding. I have a great tutor, but if I had any issue, I could go to any lecturer and they would help. Surrey has a great community and you do not feel alone."

Shiny and new

My first impression of Surrey was that it was shiny and new! I attended the first open day in 2014 when the vet school was being built. I hadn’t a single qualification to my name but was so excited at the thought of one day attending Surrey. Additionally, having a school-aged daughter I felt I had to be close to our home and Surrey was a great option for me.

Studying at Surrey

I like how transferable and intellectually challenging veterinary medicine is. I’m passionate about animals, science and one health which is incorporated into this subject.

I really like the structure of the course - the first year is all about the normal, the second the abnormal and third year focuses on bringing in clinical knowledge. It’s a good layout! Along with this, I've also met some great people who will be lifelong friends.

The staff are helpful and understanding. I have a great tutor, but if I had any issue, I could go to any lecturer and they would help. Surrey has a great community and you do not feel alone.

My societies 

I’m part of the Equestrian and Polo Club, and I’m also Vice President of the OneHealth Society.

I’m super excited to get started on the OneHealth Society, I have a lot of ideas and Surrey is a great place for me to action and fulfil them with the other members of the society.

I didn’t grow up around horses and hadn’t much exposure to them before starting vet school. The Equestrian and Polo Club is a great way for me to gain confidence around horses, meet new people and get involved. It's so much fun playing polo, you get on a horse and forget about everything else going on in the world.

"In July I will be going to the Maldives to work with sea turtles, I enjoy working with wildlife and this is going to be an amazing experience for me."

Real-world opportunities 

One of my favourite animal handling placements was on a dairy farm, I learnt so much about the work a farmer does, got involved with all aspects and felt part of the team. It was an insightful experience and feeding the calves and assisting in the birth of a calf was an amazing experience.

My clinical placements so far have consisted of shadowing nurses and vets, but I have had a lot of opportunities to get involved. My highlights so far are scrubbing into surgery, discussing cases with vet staff to expand my knowledge and experiencing the role of an equine ambulatory vet which was an eye-opening experience.

In July I will be going to the Maldives to work with sea turtles, I enjoy working with wildlife and this is going to be an amazing experience for me.

Finding my passion

We went on a exotics practical in my second year to Merrist Wood College and it was such an amazing experience. We got to learn about and handle a range of exotic animals, my favourite being a bearded dragon and I felt complete joy. I’m so happy Surrey had this practical because it introduced me to exotics and made me realise I would like to work with exotic animals in the future. 

I think Surrey has impacted my employability, when I graduate I will become a professional with an unlimited future ahead of me.