I’ve had an amazing third year at Nottingham Vet School. During the Winter term I completed my dissertation on the prevalence of inherited diseases in pedigree dogs. Then, in January I returned to full time teaching learning some of the skills I’ll need when I start out in practice. At the same time I was kept busy with my role as Vice President of Nottingham Agricultural Society and at our Societies Ball in March I was awarded the ‘Most Supportive Committee Member’.

Unfortunately my Spring term was cut short by COVID-19 and I missed the last of my teaching. I had my final exams in April that were all taken online as open book examination, this was very strange but it was really nice to take my exams in a more relaxed home setting. After my exams, I started my fourth year clinical teaching online. All my lecturers pre-recorded lectures or held them live over Microsoft Teams; practicals weren’t always held and some were reliant on theoretical resources and practising on pets. I stayed in full time teaching until the end of June, and I am now revising for my exams in September as well as being kept busy on my home farm.

I had booked some clinical placements in veterinary practices around the country this summer but all of this was cancelled due to COVID-19. I was also meant to have my first graduation in July but this was also cancelled, however I was really lucky to graduate in absentia with a First Class degree in Veterinary Science; the first half of my journey towards becoming a vet.

I am looking forward to returning to Nottingham in September, where I have two more years of teaching and training before I graduate again, but this time as a fully fledged veterinary surgeon.

Clio Rudgard-Redsell

Kent Rural Scholar

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