So now I have now finished my week at Cholderton Farm park, Wiltshire. I have had an amazing week and I learnt a lot. This blog entry will summarise all that happened from my week and what I have learnt for the experience. The major experience I have gained this week would be how to communicate successfully to a range of different people, for example a child requires a more simplistic and relaxed method, whereas a dominant male figure would need to be talked to as more of an equal including more detail within the response. This will help me as a vet because when consulting customers, information can be transferred using an effective method. Something I really enjoyed this week was educating the public on the general husbandry of the animals during the activities. Educating the public is an important task for the farm park because it helps possible future animal owners gain an idea of how much work and care the specific animal requires; this reduces the risk of the animal becoming neglected or having to be re-homed. As a vet, I believe a significant part of the job consists of relaying basic animal husbandry to the customer because the owner needs to know the best way to look after their animal effectively. The skill required for this again is good communication and enthusiasm. Another important aspect of veterinary career that I learnt this week is how vets are interdependent with all aspects of animals. For example at the farm park, as it was lambing season, there were signs up warning the public about toxoplasmosis. As toxoplasmosis is a zoonotic disease pregnant women (who are the most susceptible) were warned not to touch the ewes. Vets need to work with farms in order to keep the spread of disease to a minimum. My final major point of the week is the importance of basic veterinary medical skills to farm workers, if farm workers knew basic veterinary medicine, vets wouldn’t have to be called out as much for little issues, this means that there is more money available to call vets out for bigger issues within the farm. For example if the farm workers hadn’t had the basic lambing knowledge this week, the vet would have had to be called out for a minor issue which would have taken money out of the farms allowance, which may have led to cuts in other aspects on the farm.
Today was the first day of my work experience placement at a rare breeds farm in Hampshire. My aim of this placement is to analyse the reasons why things are done in the way they are. For example today, I noticed how everywhere has colourful signs up talking about the importance of sanitising your hand before AND after touching the livestock. Once I began thinking about it and looking around, I realised that the majority of visitors are children, the colourful signs are a effective method of communication to tell children the importance of hand washing; if the signs had said “ wash your hands to stop the spread of zoonotic diseases”, I doubt any children would pay attention. Today I have learnt that, when consulting with a customer, the vet has to alter their method of communication according to the circumstances, for instance talking to a well educated middle class parent and opposed to a teenage couple; without the alteration communication would become not as effective leaving a possibly unsatisfied customer
During the week beginning Sunday the 1st of April I attended Vet-Medlink at the university of Nottingham. The week consisted of over 40 lectures starting at 9am until past 10pm each night. The content of the lectures varied between each hour, ranging from hydrotherapy to equine surgery. The lectures provided a unique insight into the veterinary profession which would be near impossible to discover without the conference. By far the best lecture was the edge, this session gave advice on the best ways to secure a place at veterinary school; hence the reason I am writing this blog. When I was evaluating the conference once I had arrived home late on Thursday, I only then discovered how valuable the conference has been, it has completely boosted my confidence which has given me motivation to succeed. I now KNOW with subtle changes to how I act and how I perceive myself I can achieve all that I hope. I now have a set path of how I can achieve my goal. I will keep you all informed of how I am getting on.
Welcome to my blog, my name is Harry Dance, I will be applying to veterinary medicine in September 2012. This is my personal blog about all things veterinary, the aim of my blog is to share my passion for veterinary medicine and to create discussions or real world veterinary ideas. On this blog I will comment on what I have learnt from various aspects of work experience, I will keep an up to date account of how my stem cells research paper is going and finally I will share my interest and views on certain scientific articles.
hope you enjoy reading!