"All the teaching staff have a host of knowledge and often help to augment our learning in new and exciting ways. They’ve always remained approachable for anything."
CourseVeterinary Medicine and Science BVMSci (Hons)
Why I chose Surrey
The idea of working with and helping animals has always led my life. I previously managed a small-scale farm and I had experience in aquaculture, alongside owning lots of exotic pets. These experiences meant I had close contact with vets from a young age and, as I got older, I developed a passion for medicine and nutrition. This pushed me to pursue a career as a veterinary surgeon.
The first time I saw Guildford and the Vet School was at my interview. I instantly decided this was where I wanted to go. Regardless of other offers, my first choice was Surrey. The friendly, relaxed staff and atmosphere of the interview made me feel welcomed, and the building itself had a very good academic atmosphere. This, alongside the abundance of green spaces, gave me a sense of belonging. Moving away from my family and the countryside was the hardest decision of my adult life, but it was worth it!
I enjoy the drive my veterinary medicine course has given me to pursue my own learning. The support given on the course, alongside the friendliness and approachability of my peers and staff, have inspired me.
All the teaching staff show they have a host of knowledge and often help to augment our learning in new and exciting ways. They’ve always remained approachable for anything, including issues outside of my studies. This has allowed me to develop a good learning relationship with many of my lecturers.
The facilities have been excellent, especially the Veterinary Clinical Skills Centre and the Veterinary Pathology Centre. There’s been lots of face-to-face learning and practicals, despite the Covid-19 pandemic. The PPE provided has kept me safe and helped me to enhance my knowledge and skills.
"I’m currently completing an extramural studies placement on a sheep farm. Being able to feed orphan lambs and get lots of lamb cuddles have been highlights!"
My extramural studies (EMS)
I’m currently completing an EMS placement on a sheep farm. This has greatly developed my learning and allowed me to put theory into practise. During lambing season, I got to deliver newborn lambs, vaccinate older ones and learn about nutrition and practices deployed on the farm. Being able to feed orphan lambs and get lots of lamb cuddles have been highlights!
My life at Surrey
The amount of green space in Surrey is by far the best. I’d recommend walking along the canal or through the castle grounds. The latter is – where many of my wedding photos were taken. With great transport links, Surrey is also good for keeping up with my family and days out further away.
My career and development
My time at Surrey has caused me to take a lot of big steps in my life, including getting married. The support and teaching by the staff have been nothing but amazing and the community of students have always been welcoming.
Once I qualify, I’d like to specialise in exotics, specifically fish and reptiles, as I have a deep interest in these areas.
Work hard and try your best! Most importantly, find things you enjoy. Remember, A-levels aren’t the only way into vet school – there are lots of qualifications that are accepted.