Veterinary Record 171:334 doi:10.1136/vr.e6663
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Seeing practice to mutual benefit

TWO final-year veterinary students from the Liverpool vet school have just completed a period of seeing practice in India.

Josie Cocks and Fran Haddock arranged the placement at Help in Suffering, an Indian animal welfare charity based in Jaipur, Rajasthan, in June 2011, when they were both in the third year of their veterinary studies. As a charity, Help in Suffering relies on donations, but is determined that veterinary students should not have to pay to see practice with it. Instead, the two students spent their fourth year fundraising for the charity – with Fran running in a half marathon and both students baking buns and cakes to sell to raise money.

They spent four weeks in Jaipur during which they gained experience in veterinary skills and in Indian life. ‘We have had an amazing time,’ they said. ‘We have learned a lot and the Help in Suffering staff have been so welcoming and kind.’

Josie Cocks and Fran Haddock with staff from the Help in Suffering charity in India, where they spent a month seeing practice

During their stay, they presented the charity with £200 as well as contributing to their board and lodging. Timmie Kumar, managing trustee of Help in Suffering, said, ‘It is wonderful that these enthusiastic young students could contribute so generously both practically and financially to our work for animals.’

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