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My placement at Whyalla Veterinary Clinic (WVC) was definitely one of the most hands-on and productive rotation I have had in my clinical year. WVC provided me with a very friendly and supportive learning environment, and equipped me with the day-one-skills as a general practitioner.
Situated six hours from the nearest specialist centre, WVC provides students the opportunity to build their competency in working through a variety of soft-tissue, orthopedic and medical cases. On the first week of my rotation, I was already performing exploratory laparotomies, enterotomies, cryptorchid castrations, lump removals and dog/cat bite wounds repairs. Thanks to Andrew’s successful rehousing program, I had opportunity to practice my neutering skills on an everyday basis. Being the primary surgeon performing these surgeries, this rotation has undoubtedly boosted my confidence as a future veterinarian. Besides surgery, the medical cases were also filled with much excitement. Not only were there the typical skin and ear infection cases, but also cardiology and endocrinology workups. The learning experience at WVC was definitely invaluable.
Andrew and Sebastian were very supportive teachers, who provided me with lots of guidance in this rotation. They gave me nice tips on surgical techniques and memorizing common drug doses. Andrew also offered me with lots of advice on communication skills with clients, which can never be learnt in lectures.
Thanks to all the staff at Whyalla, Roxby and Cowell Veterinary Clinic who were always reassuring and encouraging in spite of the mistakes I made. Everyone at the clinic was very nice and friendly, not to mention the refreshing tea and coffee every morning! I would highly recommend Whyalla Veterinary Clinic for any veterinary student eager for more practical experience in small animal medicine and surgery.