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Emma Thomson

Posted: Wednesday the 9th September, 2020. 16h05

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Overview: Having graduated from Edinburgh this June I am really enthusiastic to start work in a mixed or small animal practice.

Over the course of my work experience I have loved the challenge of a constantly changing case load and gained deep satisfaction in finding practical solutions to the many different puzzles of mixed practice. My work experience has shown me that in Scotland we have sustainable, high welfare farms which should be held globally as an example of ethical, sustainable production. I have gained a lot working with local farmers and met some great people. I have also been able to see practice in Hereford, doing a lot of dairy work and gaining experience in managing TB.

In Edinburgh, I particularly enjoyed the fast-paced purpose of the small animal emergency department and I had great fun doing an extra certification in CPR and recovery after my selected rotation. I also got along really well with the exotics department and the extreme variety of their work – from chameleons and terrapins needing intensive care and treatment, to deer and otter that need a far more hands-off approach.
I have had the opportunity to work with mixed practice vets in South Africa and Asia, developing adaptability and problem-solving skills as well as strengthening my ability to form strong interpersonal team-working relationships with people from all walks of life.

I have spent most of my free time at university climbing, hiking or kayaking in the Cairngorms and surrounding country. The coastline also has fantastic cliffs to climb and I have spent a lot of time watching dolphin pods – one of the reasons I completed a marine mammal medic course with British Divers Marine Life Rescue.

I have been playing with the Garioch Fiddlers since I was 10 and still return to join in each time I am home in Aberdeenshire. This, along with underwater hockey, pony club and of course, my work experience, has given me real friends across all ages and backgrounds. These have been invaluable in developing the ability to adapt my communication skills to different circumstances.

Fortunately, Edinburgh held our final exams in January, so I was able to sit them well before lockdown. I was able to complete three of my selected rotations – ECC, exotics and equine out of hours.

Gender: Female
Current location: United Kingdom
Qualifications: Veterinary Medicine and Surgery
Qualified at: University of Edinburgh
Country qualified: United Kingdom
RCVS registered: Yes
Been qualified for: 1 years. I graduated in 2020
Type of practice I have experience in: All
Sole charge experience: No
Accommodation needed: No
Drivers licence: Yes
Availability: Anytime
Special Interests: Mixed Small Small animal ECC
Computer skills: Provet
Desired location: Scotland Aberdeenshire Angus Dundee Inverness Stirling Perth Morayshire

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