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Rosie's diary

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Every month, Vet Record Careers checks in with third-year vet student Rosie Perrett.

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Spring term is naturally quieter with regard to the amount of time spent in lectures, which, I can't deny, I'm grateful for. There's more breathing space. That said, we have additional work to complete. Aside from writing up lectures, our research projects need attention and we're involved in a disease outbreak investigation (a pretend one).

I've had lots to keep my brain occupied outside of vet school during February. My parents came to visit during the schools' half term. There's nothing quite like going out for dinner on Valentine's night with your parents, but I was very appreciative of the free food and different company!

My boyfriend came up the following week for a few days as well, so I took full advantage of Wednesday afternoons off with a trip to the cinema and a wander round the shops. However, I've only just realised that I'm about to move to the Wirral and I've yet to visit Liverpool's tourist attractions including The Beatles museum, the Cavern Club and Liverpool museum. I am determined to complete at least one of those as well as getting a selfie with the sign for Penny Lane; I only live about half a mile from it.

Recently, we had our ‘halfway weekend’, where all the third year vet students dress up and get away for the weekend. This year we went to an outdoor activity centre near Sheffield. I had absolutely brilliant fun. It was such a delightful change from sitting in lectures, despite the miserable weather that accompanied our trip. It was also lovely to get to know my peers a bit better; I was especially grateful for their support when I attempted the ‘leap of faith’, being 10 m up a pole and having to jump and grab a trapeze.

In terms of our studies, the first subject was skin – pathology and management of disease. As somebody who suffers from eczema and regularly reacts to certain skin products, I can sympathise with an itchy dog. However, learning all the conditions just made me feel itchier! Aside from skin we have also learnt about pathology of the central nervous system and the musculoskeletal system. The brain and spine section is very complex. I find myself lost in long words and some strange and unusual symptoms.

Dressed as an Oompa-Loompa, Rosie is ready for ‘halfway weekend’, which had Roald Dahl as its theme

We've also been covering sheep parasites, which are a little easier than pathology. But there are lots of life cycles to learn. One thing I have got going for me, is that as a horse rider, I'm used to memorising a dressage test and its sequence of movements. I've found that I can use the same principles to learn life cycles . . . imagining the different stages.

I can't wait for the weather to improve, even if it does mean that exams are getting closer.

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