"When I got to my final year out on placement, I realised how enormously advantageous Surrey’s emphasis on practical day-one skills is."
Why I chose Surrey
In all honesty before applying to Surrey, I knew very little about it as a university. It was only when I came for my interview that I really fell in love with the place.
What I found different about the Vet School at Surrey was the atmosphere and the building itself. I found the staff on the interview day incredibly friendly and they gave the impression that they wanted me to perform as well as I possibly could. I could see myself spending the next five years of my life there.
My strongest memory is of receiving my first-year first semester exam results. It is an incredibly nerve-wracking time for young vet students, as you don’t know how many of you are going to pass or fail. I was with my friends and remember the relief of finding out I’d passed and feeling confident that we were going to make it in the end.
When I got to my final year out on placement, I realised how enormously advantageous Surrey’s emphasis on practical day-one skills is. On your first day in practice, it’s great to feel confident in your basic skills when there is so much to know and remember.
I had a fantastic experience at Surrey and I recommend it to any aspiring vet student.
Life after Surrey
Since graduating I have been a small animal veterinary surgeon. I’ve got a particular interest in surgery and emergency and critical care work. A couple of notable highlights would be operating on a large dog at 2am to untwist its stomach and save its life, and my first Christmas at work, receiving thank you cards and gifts from clients – it means a huge amount to any veterinary surgeon as it can be a tough profession.
Make sure you get work experience in early, in as wide a variety of practices as possible. Being a vet is an incredibly rewarding profession, but an incredibly difficult one at times. I think it’s important that young aspiring vets get the best idea of what the profession is really like on a day-to-day level.
Also, in vet school, a pass is a pass. All you need at the end is the letters MRCVS behind your name. 99% or 51%, either way you are a vet. So, don’t overwork yourself at university and enjoy your time off. Look after your mental wellbeing.
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