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Zuzanna Sawko

Posted: Wednesday the 3rd February, 2021. 20h19

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Overview: Hi there,

My name is Zuzanna. I’m 21 and I’m originally from Watford, but I have spent the last few years travelling around Australasia independently and working in the hospitality industry. Now I’m back in the U.K. I want to start on a career path I am truly passionate about, but it has been so difficult with COVID and the current employment crisis to actually secure a position on a veterinary nursing training program.

I have always known that my eventual career goal was to be centred around animals, my first two working positions when I was 16 were in an animal rescue charity and a petting farm for young children – both of which were very hands on in dealing with the various animals themselves and cleaning out their pens, and I loved both experiences. They gave me an increased understanding of what an animal centred role would entail and conveys that I’m not afraid to get my hands dirty, which I’m sure is an attribute necessary for a veterinary nurse!

My work history has been varied. Whilst working as a bartender/waitress it was crucial to engage with all customers in a calm, collected, and friendly manner, and stay relaxed during intense and high pressured situations. The nature of the work meant teamwork and an amicable work environment was of the utmost priority. When working in the viewing farm I learnt how to handle and display the animals to customers correctly, as well as ensuring all of their enclosures were clean at all times. When volunteering for the National Animal Welfare Trust I learnt how to handle potentially dangerous dogs and look after them and socialise the cats and kittens. I also have some administrative history - one being in a London based nursing agency and the other in Australia’s leading digital mental health organisation, where I learnt skills such as filing, data entry, answering phone calls of importance, helping with marketing campaigns, etc.

I’ve been considering different options as to what career with animals would look like for me – whether I wanted to go down the zoology route, go for an equestrian position, dog grooming, etc.. However, after considering all options I have decided that a veterinary nursing position would be perfect for me. I would love the challenge of learning and gaining a qualification alongside the hands on experience, and having human interaction with pet owners as well as dealing with the various animals themselves.

I am wanting to enter this field of work with the motivation of helping animals in need. I am not expecting a career in veterinary nursing to be full of cuddles with kittens and puppies (although that would be nice!) I know that fundamentally, veterinary practises are there to provide treatment for sick or injured animals, and that is exactly what they do wherever and whenever possible. When a situation arises where there is an animal that is too poorly to recover, I know that putting them down is the kindest thing. It will obviously be a hard part of the role, but rationally I know it’s the kindest thing to do, which I’m certain will help me cope in those situations. I also think that the immense joy of treating animals and watching them recover and return to health will outweigh the emotionally draining element of ‘put to sleeps’.

I understand the importance of high quality customer service – even though a veterinary setting would be entirely different to my history in the service industry I believe that fundamentally all customer facing roles require the same level of care and dedication, which I will offer your business. I am also presentable, reliable, punctual, and a hard worker.

I really want to make a start on this career path more than anything, all I need is an opportunity in which to do so.
Kind Regards
Zuzanna Sawko

Gender: Female
Current location: United Kingdom
Qualifications: GCSE
Qualified at: Watford grammar school for Girls
Country qualified: United Kingdom
RCVS registered: No
Been qualified for: 6 years. I graduated in 2015
Type of practice I have experience in: Animal care Assistant
Sole charge experience: No
Accommodation needed: No
Drivers licence: No
Availability: Available Immediately
Special Interests:
Computer skills:
Desired location: Would move to area of the practice.

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