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Siobhan Carfray Trainee Nurse

The life of a trainee equine vet nurse:

Siobhan joined the Loch Leven team in December 2013 as a Groom and is undergoing her training to become a Trainee Veterinary Nurse. We follow her journey through a blog.


26th March 2014

Yesterday (25th March) was all about health and safety and cleaning! I even learnt how to wash my hands correctly! Although this sounds quite boring it is all very important information! After a head filling day of knowledge I went for an after school drink with my new friends and met an old friend Cathy for a drink in the evening.

Today (26th March) was all about anatomy which is absolutely mind boggling! The whole thing is making me feel a bit nervous as it has made me realise how much there is so much to learn! However, after the theory we got to the cool stuff - dissection! It is so much easier to learn how a heart and lungs work when you've got them sitting in front of you and it just makes it all that bit more interesting (below)!

Tomorrow morning (27th March) my lovely friend Cathy is going to take me for a tour of the gallops to see the racehorses working. For anyone who doesn't know Newmarket is built for horses. They have right of way everywhere,even have their own paths and road crossings! What a delight that would be out hacking at home!

I have thoroughly enjoyed my first week although I am a little daunted about the amount of work there is to do!

24th March 2014

Today I am off to Newmarket to the Open College of Equine Studies today for my first week block of training to become a qualified Equine Veterinary Nurse.
My day started at 4:45am, a rather ungodly hour if you ask me, so that I could get a 6:40 flight! The flight was delayed after someone managed to get on the flight with an invalid boarding pass... so after a whole plane security check we were on our way!
I collected my hire car, managed to get lost but thankfully I was only about 10 mins late! It is a very grand setting in lovely sunny Suffolk, a picture to follow tomorrow! We got stuck straight into the importance of communication and the very sensitive issue of bereavement. I personally feel this is something that should be discussed a lot more, as everyone will at some point will either have dealt with it or will have to. The course is very detailed and the lecturer is excellent, I am looking forward to learning more tomorrow.

I'm now happily settled in my hotel in the heart of Newmarket. I intend to take full advantage and take a trip out to the gallops one morning!


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