The summer can be a busy time for some of the students we support financially through the Kent Rural Scholars Scheme. Clio Rudgard-Redsell is studying to become a vet at Nottingham University and has shared with us how she spent her summer months.
My summer started off helping out my former Young Farmers’ Club with their Kent County Show preparation and then attending the Show to assist them during the three-day event. A week after the show I began my two-week dairy placement, working on a dairy farm to improve my animal handling and farm knowledge. This involved my waking up at 4am to do a morning milking, returning home at 10am and then getting back to the parlour for 2pm and milking until 6pm. Every vet student has to do two weeks of placement on dairy, beef and sheep farms, as well as on commercial equine yards, as part of twelve weeks of animal handling experience required in the first two years of the course. After my time milking, I travelled to Gloucestershire to do a vet nursing placement for two weeks at a large veterinary hospital, something that I can’t wait to repeat next summer! I then went straight into placement on a livery yard, assisting the yard manager with day to day tasks and exercising the horses. Once I’d completed my six weeks of placement, I then started work on the family farm, hop picking for the two weeks before I started my 2nd year. I’ve had a busy summer, but it has been an amazing experience; without the support I have received from the Kent County Agricultural Society I probably wouldn’t have been able to fund it all, so thank you for providing this opportunity for me.