Every month, Vet Record Careers checks in with third-year vet student Rosie Perrett.
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Term finishes this week and deadlines are fast approaching for the continuous assessment part of the course. In my head, I plan to have completed them and handed them in nice and early, allowing plenty of time for unforeseen circumstances. Unfortunately, things rarely turn out like that and I have a tendency to leave things till the last minute; it's the thought that counts!
Our scenario-based outbreak investigation comes to a conclusion on the last day of term with a presentation to some important people who would normally be dealing with real outbreaks. It's not an easy ride, especially when they've been doing these investigations much longer than we have. However, I've enjoyed the process of problem solving and coming up with a plan of action in order to localise the source of an outbreak and control the spread. I don't know how I would feel about it as a career path, but I've certainly embraced the experience.
During the past month, I took a weekend out to be with my Swansea University friends. We met up in Hereford where one of them is working as a science teacher. Despite not having seen some of them for a year and a half there was no awkwardness or feeling as though we'd grown apart. Making that maturity step from teenager to adult when you're at university for the first time really strengthens friendships as you go through a lot together in a short period of time.
We spent the Saturday painting ceramics at a local pottery café. My friends either went for a bowl or a cup, but I chose a vase. It was brilliant fun and, despite not having much artistic talent (compared to some of my peers in vet school), I am good at drawing flowers and was impressed with the way my little vase turned out.
Back at university, I've been making strides with my research project and – fingers crossed – this is my last week of collecting data. I've been looking at the internal and external anatomy of a horse's hoof and how it's impacted through lameness. It's not something we've really covered in lectures aside from the anatomy, but it's a topic that I find really interesting. It's also part of a brand new area of research, so I'm quite proud to have been part of it. As of yet I don't know whether there is any significance with my results but, even if not, I've learnt a lot more about the techniques to diagnose lameness and had the chance improve on my anatomy knowledge (which I fear is lacking currently).
I haven't got any Easter placements planned, so I'm looking forward to getting home and playing with my kittens. I should probably knuckle down and start my revision too.
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