Topbanner
SideBanner
StudentsBanner

Next student

Previous student

Melbourne University, Victoria.

"With only a matter of months before graduation, I still didn’t feel very confident about becoming a vet.  3 weeks later, I have lost track of how many speys and castrations I have performed! " Sophie Bowman-Derrick

Before I completed my rotation at Whyalla I had only completed a handful of surgeries. With only a matter of months before graduation, I still didn’t feel very confident about becoming a vet.  3 weeks later, I have lost track of how many speys and castrations I have performed! I was also able to place drains, stitch-up wounds and on my last day, I was fortunate enough to to perform my first ever leg amputation on a dog. Not only have my surgery skills improved, I’m now able to calculate the doses of commonly used drugs (anaesthetics, antibiotics, antiinflammatories), and feel confident using them. I have also performed countless clinical examinations, vaccinations and microchip implantations.

Andrew has been a fantastic teacher. While I completed surgeries on my own, he was always available to lend a hand if necessary. He even gives each student a drug book to write up commonly used drugs and shortcuts to calculate doses (which will come definitely come in handy when I start working as a vet next year!) I would like to thank Andrew for allowing me to perform so many procedures, and for helping me find the confidence I need to start work as a new graduate veterinarian next year.

The nurses at the Whyalla clinic were all lovely - everyone was patient and understanding, especially in the first week when I was slower at surgeries. Thank you Karen, Lena, Carol-Ann, Carol, Lisa, Sharon and Tash!

An interesting aspect of this placement was the weekly trip to the clinic at Roxby Downs (4 hours drive from Whyalla). Every Thursday at Roxby was packed full of consults and surgeries, which made for a great learning experience. Thank you to Charlene, Kim and Erica for helping out with my surgeries in Roxby.

My home for the three weeks I spent here was at the lovely Sandy’s house. I was made to feel immediately at home from day one, and was provided with delicious hot meals every night.

I am really glad that I came to Whyalla - this was the perfect way to end to my practical training. 3 weeks was definately too short and I could have stayed longer!

Sophiekitten
Sophiesurgery

Sophie Bowman-Derrick

Student teaching. Our gift to the future.