"There are great facilities, the staff are knowledgeable and the course has loads of optional modules, so you can usually tailor your degree to what you want to achieve."
Why I chose Surrey
I've always wanted to work in science and with animals. All through school I was only ever told about veterinary medicine, so just assumed I'd do that, but I knew it wasn't right for me. Veterinary biosciences is the perfect mix of science and veterinary aspects so I was thrilled when I found the BSc (Hons) Veterinary Biosciences course at Surrey.
I chose the Surrey because it has a wonderful reputation and offered so many things that were important to me. I loved the idea of being on a campus and being close to everything while at university (teaching buildings, places to eat, halls) and I was already accustomed to Guildford as both of my parents grew up there. The offer of a industry placement sealed the deal for me - in this era it is so difficult to get a job, especially in the sciences, without sufficient experience.
On my course, we work with lots of other disciplines which allows us to have such a broad area of study, as well as veterinary specific modules. There are loads of optional modules so you can usually tailor the degree to what you want to achieve.
I did a Professional Training placement at the University of Saskatchewan's Western College of Veterinary Medicine, Canada. The placement was advertised by the University. I applied via the University and had a skype interview with my supervisor and with a tutor from the University of Surrey with me. I decided to do my placement abroad because it was something I would never, ever have done. The opportunity was too good to miss and I knew I would gain so much.
"I got to work with some of the world's top vets, and learnt so much about the research industry, working in a different country, and myself!"
I was the primary research assistant for a novel research project. It was amazing to be part of something completely new. I got to work with some of the world's top vets, and learnt so much about the research industry, working in a different country, and myself!
I'd definitely recommend doing a placement. I wasn't sure about it initially, as it extends your course by a year, but it was the best experience of my life and I've gained so much for my CV and myself. I learnt about how different countries do things, travelled Canada and gained life skills. Doing a placement abroad is the best thing you'll ever do!
My career and development
I've become a much more confident person since attending university. I've grown as a student, and as a person, and have a much clearer idea of where I want to go in life.
It all goes so quickly - enjoy every second of university and take every opportunity given to you (there'll be lots!).