Many clients ask about the practice’s role in the veterinary course at Bristol University, and specifically about the stages of training in which you see the students. This page gives you an idea of the Veterinary course and YOUR involvement in training the vets of the future!
We welcome any comments on our service at any time and are also grateful for any comments on our students' abilities, which will help us in our assessment of them. Please contact the practice manager directly by telephone, in writing or by e-mail.
We ask for feedback at the end of each student’s time with us and the comments speak for themselves! It is clear that they find you, and your animals and the chance to deal with you directly as one of the most rewarding bits of the course!
…it was amazing to actually see real clients and deal with them as if I was a real vet. I can't wait to graduate now…
……The best bit of the rotation was talking to Mrs X about Bonnie. She really seemed to appreciate what I was trying to say and I almost cried when she said how kind I’d been.
The students in the practice are in their final – usually 5th or 6th - year of the course which is solely practically based. The year consists of a series of ‘clinical rotations’ where small groups of students spend concentrated pieces of time – usually 3 weeks - learning skills in specific areas.
The main rotations are in the practices on site – we are only one of them as we have ‘sister’ practices in the farm animal practice and the equine practice – and in the referral Hospitals on site for small animals and horses. There are over 60 veterinary clinicians working in these practices and Hospitals so the students are exposed to a vast amount of expertise and practical work. There are also rotations in imaging (radiography and ultrasonography), clinical pathology, anaesthesia, surgery, preventive medicine in farm work, and public health.
We are very fortunate to have close relationships with other private or charity clinics and hospitals and some students will spend time at the PDSA in Bristol or the RSPCA in Manchester as well.