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I spent two weeks working at the Whyalla Veterinary Clinic and it was a memorable and rewarding experience. All the staff at the clinic are very teaching orientated and I benefited greatly from being given so much hands on experience. The clinic is also very active in finding homes for unwanted animals and committed to improving the environment for future generations.
Working at the Whyalla Veterinary Clinic is a fantastic opportunity for veterinary students to gain confidence quickly. The clinic has a busy and varied caseload thus there had never been a dull moment. I was allowed to be involved in a wide variety of procedures right from the first day. I was given lots of opportunities to practice complete physical examinations, drug dosage calculations, cytology, anaesthetic inductions, catheterisations, countless surgeries and many other procedures. Andrew was always available to give a hand when I got stuck. He was very patient with me even when I made mistakes and we would work through the problems together. He enjoys educating veterinary students and is very willing to share tips he learnt from years of experience. The vet nurses are also friendly and supportive so I felt settled into the clinic in no time.
Whyalla Veterinary Clinic is also a well-equipped and “green” clinic. What impresses me most about its facilities are the intensive care unit and the microscope. The intensive care unit is fitted with modified human humidicribs which aid in patient recovery by providing warmth and moisture. The clinic also has a high quality microscope which is great for doing the numerous cytology cases seen at the practice. Images from the microscope slides are transmitted to a plasma screen in the consult room. This enables the clients to visualize the severity of the cases and also helps them to compare the differences before and after treatment. The practice is also conscious of its impact on the environment and actively recycles waste produced. In addition, the clinic offsets greenhouse gases with its reforestation project.
The practice is committed to animal welfare and has its own rehousing program. Unwanted puppies and kittens are desexed, wormed and microchipped before being listed for adoption. It was really heartwarming to see so many strays finding new homes while I was at the clinic. This also enabled me to improve my surgical skills quickly since there were castrations and speys to be done every day. Besides rehousing dogs and cats, the clinic also finds new homes for rabbits, birds and guinea pigs. They also provide veterinary services to the local RSPCA shelter.
Working at the Whyalla Veterinary Clinic has been a fantastic opportunity for me to improve my skills in a friendly and supportive environment. My veterinary knowledge and skills have improved immensely due to the busy and varied case load. It really is a pleasure to work in a practice that is so committed to animal welfare and the environment.
"Working at the Whyalla Veterinary Clinic has been a fantastic opportunity for me to improve my skills in a friendly and supportive environment. ." Yi Ling Loh
Melbourne University, Australia.
Yi Ling Low