"The best things about the course were the opportunities to visit and carry out research projects with University partners. We were able to step into the life of researchers and observe what career paths would be open to us."
What attracted you to choose the University of Surrey and to study your course here?
Having spent the previous four years at Surrey for my undergraduate in BSc Veterinary Biosciences, it seemed natural to progress onto the MSc Veterinary Microbiology at Surrey. I wasn’t sure what to go into after my degree but knew that continuing onto a masters degree would enhance my CV no matter where I decided to go.
What is your strongest memory of your time at Surrey?
My strongest memory of Surrey is spending time around the lake, and making the most of the green spaces including the sports grounds the University provides. The campus has such a great feel to it, you would always bump into friends and it made the work-life balance all the more enjoyable.
What were the best things about your course?
The best things about the course were definitively the opportunities to visit and carry out research projects with University partners such as the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) and the Pirbright Institute. We were able to step into the life of researchers and really observe what career paths would be open to us once we graduated. I chose to carry out my dissertation project within the African swine fever team at the Pirbright Institute. I am so grateful for this opportunity as part of my work has now been published with the team in a science paper, and this will no doubt help my future career prospects.
What do you do now and what do you find the most enjoyable about your line of work?
I decided to go back to university to study veterinary medicine as I found myself particularly interested in the medical background.
How did your time at Surrey help you choose what career to go into? Did a Professional Training placement help you decide?
My lecturers and tutor were extremely helpful and supportive in helping me decide what to do after my masters. In addition, I was able to work with the pathologist at the Pirbright Institute during my placement project and learn more about the important role veterinarians have in research. This helped cement my decision to continue my studies in veterinary medicine.
What are your top tips for students aspiring to work in your profession?
My top tips are to never give up on your dreams!
Finally, do you have any other comments you’d like to offer about your time at Surrey or life after university?
Make the most of it, it will be the best time of your life.