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When I applied for a clinical placement at Whyalla Veterinary Clinic I knew two things - I would get loads of experience and they'd keep me busy. I was definitely not proven wrong! I spent time at all three of the clinics - Whyalla, Roxby Downs and Cowell. Each had their own feel but one thing was consistent - they all wanted me to 'have a go'. The vets, Andrew and Yuri, and all of the nurses were extremely helpful and patient with me, which really helped to give me heaps of opportunities, and experiences that I haven't had before.
They have a terrific dog and cat rehousing program, which I was very impressed by. Unwanted pets are surrended to the clinic, and Andrew rescues many from the pound. All of these animals are 'Vet-checked', vaccinated, wormed, microchipped and desexed before going to their new homes. This gives many animals a chance that they wouldn't have otherwise had. It also presents a wonderful opportunity for Vet students to put their skills to use. I was allowed to de-sex many dogs and cats as part of this program. I had never performed a spey before and now I can't even remember all of them!
I was also encouraged to take an active part in consultations and communicating with clients. In most consults I performed a physical exam on the animal, was given the opportunity to comment on the case and perform basic procedures. It was good to see how the Vets communicate with clients and then to put it into practice myself. Andrew was very insistent that he would set me up to be confident and competent by the time I'd finished in Whyalla. He encouraged me to learn commonly used drugs, dose rates, communication tactics and essential clinical skills. I now feel much more confident to graduate and start working as a Vet. Thank You Andrew and all the team for a wonderful experience!
"I was allowed to de-sex many dogs and cats as part of this program. I had never performed a spey before and now I can't even remember all of them!" Corrie Pinkster.
Melbourne University. Australia.