Martha studied BSc (Hons) Bioveterinary Science at Hartpury and now works for the Rowe veterinary Group. The Rowe Veterinary Group has four veterinary practices and as the laboratory technician Martha work across all of them. She runs all the different samples from biochemistry, haematology, urine and cytology profiles. She has always been interested in the research side of veterinary medicine and what goes on in a laboratory. That’s why she really wanted to do bioveterinary sciences, as it combined chemistry and the practical side of working and researching in a real animal practice. She enjoys being in the laboratory, but also gets to spend time in the hospital. They’ve recently redeveloped the equine hospital, so she can go and monitor horses and take bloods
Martha's Hartpury Experience
"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. Being assigned an animal disease to research and work through – from diagnosis to treatment and prognosis – was a new and interesting challenge. 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."
Developing Industry Connections
"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."
Find out more about the BSc (Hons) Bioveterinary Science course here.