As part of our continuing commitment to education, Rossdales Equine Hospital and Beaufort Cottage Laboratories offer work experience programmes to school/college students. This can be arranged independently, or through your educational institution.
At our hospital, the week-long programme is well established and offers students the opportunity to rotate throughout the various departments at the hospital site including: the diagnostic centre, theatre, and clinic hall. No previous veterinary experience is required, though a keen interest in veterinary and equine matters is advantageous.
The hospital operates as a referral centre, which ensures that caseloads differ each week, thus providing students with a varied and interesting opportunity through which to gain a useful insight into the work carried out within a busy equine veterinary hospital by veterinary surgeons, veterinary nurses and support staff. Students are encouraged to keep a log book of all cases observed, although we do insist that client confidentiality is maintained in all circumstances. Presentation of cases seen may prove valuable in illustrating the practical experience gained if students decide to pursue careers within veterinary medicine, particularly for consideration for admission to veterinary schools.
Our laboratory offers an opportunity for work experience students to learn about the latest techniques and sophisticated equipment we use to provide an efficient equine clinical pathology service. This placement would particularly benefit students with a strong interest in learning more about how a busy diagnostic pathology laboratory operates.
For more further information about our Work Experience Programme please our Hospital reception on 01638 577754.
To arrange work experience at Beaufort Cottage Laboratories, please contact Robert Cash, our Chief Laboratory Scientist, via our laboratory reception on 01638 663017.
"It was above all my expectations. I loved seeing surgery in theatre, and I learned a great deal at the Diagnostic Centre, talking to the vets whilst they worked up lameness cases." Zoe Davidson, Bury St Edmunds
"I learnt so much from the programme, it was a fantastic experience. All the staff were extremely helpful and competent - I saw so much more than I expected to see. The library access was a big help, I was able to read up on anything I was unsure of - it also gave me an incentive to study. Everyone was very approachable, which made me feel comfortable enough to ask questions." Caroline Kemp, Essex
"I learnt so much, especially about colic, and about the treatment of different cases in the Diagnostic Centre. I found my time at Rossdales very interesting and really enjoyed helping the nurses." Kirsty Hibbs, Thetford
"I can't get over how good it was and how much I learnt and saw. School is really rather dull in comparison! The week has inspired me greatly and I am now completely focussed on becoming an equine vet." Freya Wilson, Bury St Edmunds