Work Experience AdviceWatch
I'm trying to find some more work experience partciularly in the large animal section that I can do over summer. So far I have:
1 day lambing
A year in a small animal practice
a week in another small animal practice
a wildlife rescue centre for a week
a week at a city farm
a week at a buffalo farm
I'd be really really grateful for any ideas or advice and if anybody has any contacts in the south of england area I'd be really grateful as i am sturggling.
Anyway, the South of England is a big place! I know of a couple of contacts (in London), but I'm afraid that none can offer accommodation. I'd suggest doing searches online (Find A Vet on the RCVS website is good!) and asking people at the placements you've already done. Can the people at the city farm get you in contact with their vet, for example?
As an example, the requirements set by the Royal College of Vet Surgeons for work experience ON FARM for vets on entering their clinical years is:
-2 weeks horses
-2 weeks cattle (min. 1 week UK dairy I believe)
-2 weeks lambing (min. 1 week UK lambing I believe)
-1 week pig
-1 week poultry
-1 week Cat and dog kennels (if not doing both together, then min. 1 week EACH)
-1 week small mammals (eg. rabbits)
-2 weeks free choice
This is not including your clinical work experience (at different vets). As LTC said, if you can get in with a large animal vet as well that would be great.
Cat/dog kennel experience is also key. Cats and dogs are the bread and butter of small animal practice, which in turn tends to be bigger than large animal/other industries. The course is often taught using the dog as the 'example', except for specific cattle/horse/exotic/whatever units. It is also more common to find it would seem kennels placements than placements for large animals, in and out of the city. So I am not sure there would be "any excuse" for not finding/having kennels experience (unless the small animal practice also functions as a boarding facility or something).
Best of luck!