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I arrived in Whyalla with high expectations. In my last period of practical work prior to graduation, I hoped to achieve as much as possible to prepare me for my first position as a vet. Whyalla Veterinary Clinic was quite able to help me reach my goals, and I had a fantastic time doing it.
Every individual in the group of practices is friendly and welcoming, I certainly felt as though I was part of the team. I have greatly developed my skills in a range of areas including surgery, anaesthesia, routine consultations, x-ray processing and even cappuccino making! I now have a useful collection of drug dose rates, routes and regimes committed to memory, and can talk about a number of aspects of preventative medicine. I feel relaxed and confident about performing routine surgeries such as spays and castrations, stitch-ups and simple abscess or lump removals.
The practice principal, Dr. Andrew Melville-Smith, is an experienced, practical veterinarian and a passionate scientist. He believes in a hands-on approach to veterinary education, which is invaluable to undergraduates. Andrew is supported by Dr. Yuri Masui, also experienced, as well as thorough in her work and easy to get along with. Both of the vets are highly competent and committed to their patients, as well as being enthusiastic about teaching and receptive to any questions I had.
The practice is set in a unique landscape, in the middle of the endless space of the Australian desert and lovely beaches. Students also have the opportunity to visit Roxby Downs, a rapidly growing mining town. The location has an impact on the cases seen: I was able to see diseases I hadn’t been exposed to at all in my previous clinical experience.
The best method of learning is to teach others. Some of the time I was able to work with staff who had just started in the veterinary industry. This allowed me to consolidate a lot of knowledge and was therefore very valuable, whilst also being of use to the practice. I was involved in several interesting after hours cases, another aspect students often don’t experience at other practices. I highly recommend Whyalla Veterinary Clinic as a practice at which to gain clinical experience. I absolutely enjoyed my time there and now feel much more confident going into practice. Thanks so much to the vets, all the nurses and other support staff for making my time in Whyalla a lot of fun. Thanks also to Sandy for kindly providing me with meals and accommodation.
"I have greatly developed my skills in a range of areas including surgery, anaesthesia, routine consultations, x-ray processing and even cappuccino making! ." Gemma Le Maistre.
Melbourne University. Australia.
Gemma Le Maistre