Student profile
Jessica Duke

Jessica Duke

"My first impression of Surrey was that it was a very supportive university that wanted to help you succeed."

A place to succeed

I chose Surrey for many reasons. Primarily, because it felt right for me! Surrey has been a very supportive university from the very beginning of my application to the present day. I also loved the facilities – especially, of course, the veterinary school facilities, and also the Sports Park

My first impression of Surrey was that it was a very supportive University that wanted to help you succeed.

Studying at Surrey

I like that the course had a modular structure which suits my preferred study style! I was drawn to the emphasis on practical, hands-on learning and I also like that we have a network of partners associated with the School that offers many opportunities for networking and career development.

The academic staff are wonderful, not only because they are extremely knowledgeable but also because they’re supportive. The facilities are brilliant too – I personally really enjoy how accessible they are. Our clinical skills area is available for out-of-hours use so we can practice our clinical skills!

Championing wellbeing 

I am the Senior Wellbeing Representative for VetSoc. This has added an immense amount of value to my Surrey experience. It has provided me with a platform to engage with my passion for mental health and wellbeing, and work with some wonderful individuals both within the vet school and beyond. I have just hosted the Surrey branch of the national Vet Student Wellbeing Week which allowed me to collaborate with my colleagues from other vet schools to provide a really great week for the student body.

Community on campus

The Sports Park facilities are amazing! I especially love using the swimming pool (and the Starbucks cafe!). Guildford is a lovely place to live; we have the perfect mix of living in a town and having access to the surrounding Surrey Hills countryside. The University has a great sense of community; be it through societies, the Students Union and the support of staff.

Looking forward

Since starting at Surrey, I have become more independent and more resilient. When I graduate, I would like to move into small animal veterinary practice initially, but I aspire to apply for an internship and potentially progress onto a residency and become a specialist.