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Having just concluded my rotation in the Whyalla Veterinary Clinic (WVC), I look back and wonder at how quickly and meaningfully 3 weeks have passed. You will most likely have read the numerous accounts written by previous students about the opportunities and experiences that WVC presents. Let me assure you that WVC is as delightful as portrayed by so many before me.
At WVC, I was not assigned the arduous task of blending in with the tapestry. Instead, Andrew and Sebastian often provided me with abundant freedom to act as the primary veterinarian. Such opportunities are essential for developing clinical competency and will continue to be invaluable to future students. This rotation has given me the confidence to walk into a consultation and know that the decisions I make will be both reasonable and appropriate.
Some wise English writer once proposed: “First impressions are often the truest”. Fittingly, I was greeted with an obstructed dog not twenty seconds after arrival. This was certainly an indication that my time at WVC would be incredible. My rotation was well peppered with personal “firsts”. These included my first exploratory laparotomy, first foreign body removal, first bite wound repair and first flank spay.
Many thanks to the vets, nurses and support staff who made my rotation so amazing. For those keen to work independently in a supportive and team spirited environment, I urge you to look beyond the comforts of big city life. WVC offers a challenging student program, where great mentorship and opportunities abound.
"This rotation has given me the confidence to walk into a consultation and know that the decisions I make will be both reasonable and appropriate" Desmond Tan.