Student teaching. Our gift to the future.
When I first came into the clinic the first thing I’ve noticed was a bunch of nice people. Don’t ever worry about getting along with the staff here! Vets and nurses at Whyalla veterinary clinic are really friendly and I thank them again for making me feel welcome :) And if anyone’s interested in archery (as well as veterinary work of course), follow Miranda on Saturday morning when she practices shooting. Andrew encourages you to enjoy your social life as well as working hard! (Yes he is a great vet!)
The most valuable lesson I’ve learnt through my experience at WVC was not to be lazy. I was expected to work Monday to Saturday every week. And don’t expect to leave the clinic before 6pm. Andrew is always full of energy when he is at work and in my personal opinion, I think he owes it to the number of coffee he drinks per day. Thursday is the busiest day of the week working at Roxby clinic. One Thursday at 10pm, I sat in the car coming back from Roxby thinking ‘wow this is the first time I’ve ever sat down today!’. Working with Andrew may involve some hard work but it is very rewarding at the end of the day.
I am glad that I decided to come to Whyalla as it provided me with so much hands-on experiences! My interest in surgery grew even stronger through plenty of surgical experiences I’ve gained at WVC such as wound management, castration, spey, dewclaw amputation and tooth extraction. Not to mention how satisfying it is to scoop the grass seed out of the abscess just thinking about how much better your patient would feel already. Once I had to spey a Mastiff which had so much visceral fat – uterus, ovaries and blood vessels were all embedded in the greasy fat – I spent 2 hours trying to get the balance between holding onto the sutures and blood vessels and tying it off tight enough to stop the bleeding. It reminded me again that there is no simple surgery and I came to the work next day to see a Dachshund with high visceral fat content again.
I will remember all the good deeds people at WVC has done for me; teaching me the drug doses, making me feel comfortable to raise my opinion on the matter, giving me the chance to rectify the mistakes I’ve made and making me a warm chocolate in the morning, and will do the same when I become a qualified vet and eventually stand in the place where I have a curious vet student following me around!
Last but not least, I would like to thank Sandi for a homey house and nice teas she has made for me.
"I am glad that I decided to come to Whyalla as it provided me with so much hands-on experiences!" Hayin Chung