Applied in: Winter 2013
University Offers: Cambridge, Royal Veterinary College
The prospect of pushing my knowledge of animal care to its furthest through stimulating academic work and valuable practical experience reaffirms my long-held desire to pursue a veterinary medicine course at university. Biology is a key part of my education. Recently, studies into different patient cases with wide-ranging health issues have furthered my determination to gain a greater understanding of the intricacies of diagnosis. A case of Leishmaniasis I encountered at Woodstreet Animal Hospital inspired me to undertake research Dr Chiara Noli’s study of the disease, where the epidemiology and pathomechanism of infection help create a publication I found interesting and accessible.
I greatly enjoyed a one-year group scientific project in 2012, where as team leader, I undertook specific research on the journey of carbohydrates in the human body. By independently exploring the A-level syllapk ca coresspobus in Biology and Chemistry, I increased my understanding of the subject, which I believe helped lead to a more precise, creative finale to our project and formed an essential part of my preparation for this scientific course.
I also built on my knowledge of artificial insemination by attending a conference on the reproductive cycle of the mare last year. A discussion on the various techniques employed especially intrigued me, as we delved into the pros and cons of AI compared to natural covering. I look forward to attending such conferences regularly at University.
The tasks I completed at Belmont’s Children Farm, from lambing to witnessing a complex anaesthesia for a reindeer castration, made me aware of the adaptability required by the profession and the financial considerations of livestock care. At Woodstreet Animal Hospital, a laparoscopic surgery of cryptorchidism in a dog made me familiar with a technique I had encountered at a previous VetSim course. These experiences honed my sense of observation and initiative, and exemplified the importance of continuous documentation on the latest medical advances, all pushing for the same goal of securing the animal’s welfare.
Although medical treatment is a core part of a veterinary career, I also feel that an important quality is the ability to establish a bond with the animal. James French, an equine ethologist working at an equine charity, was a real source of inspiration. The natural interaction he had with abused horses was a major factor in my decision to begin volunteering at the Sanctuary’s fields this summer. I plan to continue learning more about psychology in order to one day, perhaps reach a more complete level of understanding of the animal.
Despite the thrill of caring for marine mammals at Marineland, a real enjoyment came from the marine biology research centre in Corsica, Stella Mare, where in a small team, I worked on projects ranging from tagging juvenile fish to observing the metamorphosis of urchin larvae in a lab. Experience of lab work exposed a new aspect of veterinary studies and exemplifies the inherent diversity in the Vet Med course which has always appealed to me. I recently completed the Race for Life event where I ran in a team to raise money for cancer research. Participating in team sports such as the riding team would also be an attractive addition to campus life. Becoming a mentor at the children’s farm and the London Equestrian Centre has furthered my desire to contribute to my community. Alongside my love for Sciences, I am greatly interested in different cultures and languages. Studying Philosophy and Latin helped shape my outlook; my fluency in French, English and Spanish has allowed me to travel and work globally.
I am very excited by the challenges of a veterinary medicine course presents and the prospect of broadening my practical experience, all whilst working alongside similarly driven students and learning from experts every day.