Hi, I’m Laura, and I’m one of the student vet nurses here at Ash Vets. I’m currently studying Veterinary Nursing at Harper Adams University College, which is based in Newport, Shropshire. It’s a 3 year course, which includes 60 weeks of placement in a veterinary practice, which I’m undertaking here.

As a student veterinary nurse, I help the rest of the nursing team and the vets within the practice carry out daily activities such as looking after the animals, general cleaning, and helping out on reception. I’m also learning more advanced nursing duties such as preparing intravenous drips and monitoring anaesthetics – all under the watchful eyes of everyone in practice!

I will be starting my second year of the course in September, and we will be doing modules such as anaesthesia and surgery, radiography and wildlife care. I have already learnt the basics of veterinary nursing in my first year, as well as animal body systems and client care.

The best thing about my course is the balance of theoretical learning at university, and the practical time in placement. By having all of my placements here, I am beginning to build relationships with some of the clients and their animals, and I am beginning to understand in a lot more detail what is involved in the daily running of a veterinary practice. I am also getting to know the staff a lot better – everyone’s so nice and willing to help me learn!

Outside of my course, I enjoying spending time with my family, friends and boyfriend, and I am a keen fudge maker, which I think Ash Vets are grateful for – everyone always seems happy when I bring in my latest batch for them to taste!

To anyone thinking of getting into vet nursing through going to university, I would tell them that it’s a lot of hard work, and you have to be very dedicated, but the rewards are amazing, and are worth everything that you put into it and more!