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Vet students perform 900 life-changing surgeries!

November 16, 2014

University of Melbourne veterinary science students are getting set to toss their graduation hats in the air this March, following their final year placements at our North Melbourne shelter recently drawing to a close.

Running since 2012, the vocational program offers each student two weeks of hands-on work experience performing life changing surgeries to our stray patients. In the last year alone, a total of 120 students have conducted 900 surgeries – predominantly desexings.

MorganE_LDH04“The tangible experience these vet students gain through conducting or helping conduct surgery simply cannot be learned from a textbook,” said our senior veterinarian Dr Alan Bolton.

“By the time they finish their second week with us, each student will have a few surgeries under belt and leave much more confident having had practical hands-on experience that is vital for their careers ahead.”

MorganE_LDH03Dr Bolton said learning the ropes at a shelter had many benefits to students.

“Students who do their placement at a shelter are more exposed to real life scenarios, cases and issues,” he said. “They leave with a realistic understanding and an awareness of the social issues – for instance, the overpopulation of cats – that exist beyond the hospital walls.”

To find out more about the program, listen to the Pets-A-Loud team’s recent chat with Dr Donna Scott from the Faculty of Veterinary Science at the University of Melbourne. Listen to the interview.

Images: Emma Morgan