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Andrea Cannon.

Sydney University, NSW.

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"I have a much better grasp of the drugs commonly used in practice and appropriate doses (not just dose rates!) of these drugs. All in all, I’m starting to feel like a real vet." Andrew Cannon

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When it came time to apply for final year vet school placements, I was looking for a clinic that would give me the opportunity to practice technical skills and prepare for life as a vet. When I came across Whyalla Veterinary Clinic’s website and saw all the great reviews I had to apply – where else would I get the opportunity to do multiple surgeries and really act as a junior veterinarian, all the while being provided lodging, board and a car?

Even right before I came to Whyalla I was sorely aware that I could count the number of speys/castrates I’d attempted on one hand…and that the ones I had done had taken far longer than I’d have liked! I was lacking confidence and frankly a bit scared about being thrown into a vet job after graduation – how could I possibly be a real vet?? I needn’t have worried. Now, after 4 weeks here, I feel quietly confident in my abilities and am not at all phased by the concept of another spey, castrate or lump removal. I feel comfortable with routine consults and feel I know how to approach the more complicated ones. I have a much better grasp of the drugs commonly used in practice and appropriate doses (not just dose rates!) of these drugs. All in all, I’m starting to feel like a real vet.

So if you go to Whyalla you can expect: down to earth hospitality from Sandy – your host for the stay, tasty meals waiting for you at night, long and busy but rewarding days, a swag of surgeries under your belt, encouragement and support (and sometimes a nudge into the deep end!) from Andrew, a sympathetic ear and sounding board in Hanna the recent grad vet, guidance and back-up from the nursing team and, ultimately, to come out with a practical approach and the practical skills to see you start the new grad journey with new found confidence.

Student teaching. Our gift to the future.

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