Avivets' First Vet Student
Avivets' hosted our first veterinary student in July, Beth Watson, who is a third year vet student from the University of Liverpool. Beth spent a week with our team at High Legh and has written an article for our news feed about her experiences with us. Avivets would like to thank Beth for being an exemplary student. Enjoy the read!
As a vet student just finishing 2nd year and looking for summer placements, I was keen to experience a wide variety of veterinary practices. It had not occurred to me, however, to explore poultry medicine and it was only after a chance conversation that I learned of a relatively new practice not too far away from me. I didn’t realise at the time just how fortunate this was.
Avivets was a real eye-opener for me. Not only was I immediately welcomed and treated as part of the team, I was actively encouraged to take part in everything the vet did, from performing my first post mortem to making my own bacterial cultures. Most importantly, it made me realise that this particular veterinary career path is not just an appealing option, it’s one I now know I would thoroughly enjoy.
Every day was packed with valuable experiences. I visited a variety of enterprises, including a free range laying farm where I was given the opportunity to take blood samples, broiler farms and a game farm on my final day. I was also given the opportunity to take part in a conference about avian influenza, a meeting which involved a number of individuals with major influence in the poultry market. This meeting and the rest of the week provided a truly informative and fascinating insight into the industry as a whole.
The staff could not do enough to inform and teach and were always happy to find time to answer questions. Importantly, everything was done in good humour and in a super friendly working environment. I thoroughly enjoyed my time with Avivets and look forward to returning next year.
Beth Watson, Veterinary Student, University of Liverpool