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The Whyalla Veterinary Clinic provided me with the perfect learning environment needed in my final year of university. During the three weeks spent at the clinic I was exposed to a wide variety of cases, from dogs and cats to horses to a wedge-tailed eagle (Picture below). I was allowed to participate in consultations, work up and treat cases and even perform and assist in surgery under direct supervision. I also had the opportunity to work at the Roxby Downs branch of the clinic, vet check greyhounds at the races in Whyalla, and even visit Adelaide on the weekend.
During my stay here my clinical and surgical skills have improved immensely and I feel much more confident in my abilities. Andrew is a fantastic teacher; as well as being patient and more than willing to explain and discuss cases, he was also happy to let me try my hand at almost anything. In contrast to most of the other practices I have visited where I was merely allowed to observe and watch other veterinarians at work, here I was given the opportunity to put all those years of theoretical study into practice and actually begin practicing veterinary medicine. The nurses are friendly, kind and helpful, and their accepting attitude made it easy for me to feel very much at home.
I would highly recommend this practice to anyone currently studying veterinary science and to any high school students considering veterinary medicine as a career. The experience gained here is invaluable and will considerably help high school students in choosing a career path as well as helping veterinary students hone their skills to become competent new graduates.
Thank you so much to everyone at both the Whyalla and Roxby Downs Veterinary Clinics for making my stay such a memorable experience
Melbourne University. Australia.
"During my stay here my clinical and surgical skills have improved immensely and I feel much more confident in my abilities." Lisia Sturm.