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Studying veterinary science

Studying veterinary scienceA second year vet student sheds light on what it’s like being a student: studying, socialising and spending.

David opted to study veterinary science because he loves working with animals and knew he would hate doing a nine to five job.
Here he talks about his second year of studying in London.

What is the best bit of your course?

The variety! It's a great mixture of theory and practical sessions. Also you get to work with a whole range of animals – there's just so much to learn, it can be daunting sometimes but is definitely exciting too.

What has been the biggest challenge so far?

I was a bit nervous at the beginning of the first year. I used to do pretty well at school and in my uni course I felt more average as everyone else had got the same marks as me. Now I've got over that, I love spending time with people who share my interests.
The hands on stuff was quite tough as well. Post mortems of sheep and horses really smell! You get used to it after a while but I nearly fainted when I first had to do it.

How do you cope with money?

I've learnt to plan ahead. It's difficult doing a summer job as a vet student because you need to spend that time on placements. So, I've got some flexible part-time work in a bar during term-time. Living at home also helps as my parents only ask me to contribute to food, so I don't really have to pay any bills.

Where do you live?

At home with my parents, which is great for my budget but meant I had to make more of an effort to socialise because students make a lot of friends in halls. Getting involved with the rugby team and going out a lot in the first few weeks helped with getting to know people though.

Where will you be in 10 years?

I would like to have set up my own practice. I'd love the challenge of running my own business and would prefer to be my own boss.

What do you wish you had known when you started university?

That I should just relax! Uni is one of the best times of your life so enjoy it – get out and meet people and get involved with as much as possible. It really is a once in a lifetime chance!

David's top budgeting tip

Don't buy everything before you get there. I bought a lab coat and boiler suit before I started my first year but that was it. You may find you won’t need everything or can buy it cheaper second-hand from someone on campus.

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