What I do
The Rowe Veterinary Group has four veterinary practices and as the laboratory technician I work across all of them. I run all the different samples from biochemistry, haematology, urine and cytology profiles. I’ve always been interested in the research side of veterinary medicine and what goes on in a laboratory. That’s why I really wanted to do bioveterinary sciences, as it combined chemistry and the practical side of working and researching in a real animal practice. I enjoy being in the laboratory, but I also get to spend time in the hospital. They’ve recently redeveloped the equine hospital, so I can go and monitor horses and take bloods. I also work in a smaller laboratory, so you get contact with the animals. They are nearby and if you need to examine them in kennels to piece together what’s going wrong, you can.
Why I chose Hartpury University
I liked the fact that it’s not an inner-city campus. I’ve always liked the countryside and I’m a horsey person so it was nice to be part of that as well. I really enjoyed the course when I got there. It was interesting to be given an animal disease to go and research and work your way through all the stages – from diagnosis to treatment and prognosis. My dissertation was microbiology based – so very relevant for my job. Recently, I was looking at reptile blood and I was thinking "oh my gosh, I’ve never seen reptile blood". But once I had a flick back through all the text books I used at university, things soon came back.
Advice for people who want to work in the Industry
I think it is important to just get out there and do a bit of everything. I’ve done lots of jobs from about the age of 14, like working at the boarding kennels and cattery. Get all the extras you can on your CV. I did some of my British Horse Society (BHS) training as well. It shows that you can multi-task - which really is essential.