Day in the life of a first year vet student.
As a first year vet student, life can be pretty busy. It’s usually an early start, with a packed and varied timetable throughout the day. The vet school has a great community though, so chatting with friends over coffee is the best way to start the day. Lectures usually last for around an hour and are the main way that course content is delivered. It’s a great opportunity to learn from experts in the field and really engage with the topics you’re learning. For a lot of subjects covered in the lectures, there are also follow up practical sessions in the lab, where we can further explore the topics learned. This gives us the chance to apply our knowledge and back up the lecture content. The lecturing staff are always on hand, so you can ask questions and get clarification on the material. Being a vet student, like any other student, requires quite a lot of self-study and there are great spaces like this one, where you can go when you want a place to work. There’s lots of support too from staff and other students. Guidance from the VetPAL Leaders really helps you adapt to studying at the University. Although the first few years are primarily non-clinical, even in the first year we start to learn the basics of clinical skills. This includes giving the signalment of an animal, as well as learning how to use a stethoscope. You really start to feel like a real vet. Getting hands on experience starts from year one. We learn how to handle and work with a wide range of animals. We also do Extra Mural Studies. These are placements outside of vet school, giving us a chance to get practical, real life experience, as well as the opportunity to travel. Even after a busy day of classes, there’s still plenty to get involved with. The vet school has a wide range of sport clubs and societies, and there’s a lot on offer at the main university too You can try something you’ve always wanted to try and meet some really great folk along the way.