My final placement of vet school was a sheep-focused selective rotation in North Devon. Lambing has always been my favourite time of year and I am a little bit sheep mad. I am very passionate about improving productivity and welfare around lambing. As part of this selective, I completed a project of my choice and I chose to focus on the causes of lamb loss around lambing. I learned so much including the simple importance of farm-specific interventions when it comes to reducing loss year-round.
It was not just sheep. I got to witness and practice many vital skills necessary for farm practice. The most memorable was dehorning calves as I was part of a team who did 150 in one morning.
I also got to work with some amazing vets who set an incredibly high bar on my understanding of “good veterinary medicine.” Patient, humble and wise, and as cheesy as this sounds, I want to grow up to be a vet like them!
Without The Paul Manning EMS fund, I would not have been able to afford the trip. I am so incredibly thankful to have been given such an opportunity and to end vet school doing what I love most. An added bonus was having a question in my final exam that was nearly identical to the project I did, God really does work all things for our good!