Medivet is supporting the next generation of vets by investing in an exchange programme run by the International Veterinary Students Association (IVSA). Fifteen students from Norway recently spent a week in the UK, following a visit by students from Surrey Vet School to the Norwegian School of Veterinary Science in Oslo in February.
IVSA is a global association representing veterinary students from around the world. It runs a range of initiatives, including its exchange programme, to enrich the learning experience of its members and help them develop their veterinary skills.
In addition to the cultural exchange aspect of their visits, the students were able to compare teaching techniques, hear from senior vets/lecturers as well as undertake live clinical activity, which included animal husbandry and handling with farm and exotic species.
Sophie Skyrme, a first-year student at Surrey Vet School, said: “We enjoyed learning about veterinary practice in Norway and exploring the fascinating museum at the Vet School. As it’s a historic building, it’s very different to our campus at Guildford but the visit was a great learning experience and we also learned how to deal with -15 degrees temperatures!”
Mateus Forni from Surrey Vet School who helped to host the Norwegian students during their recent visit, added: “We are grateful to Medivet for supporting this fantastic exchange. Our Norwegian colleagues enjoyed experiencing vet school ‘UK-style’ and the visits to Norway and the UK have created an incredibly helpful exchange of learning.”
He added: “During the exchange, Dr Guy Carter (a Medivet Senior Partner) gave us a talk on life in UK practice and discussed the company’s programme to support new graduates. It was really interesting to gain an insight into what to expect at the next stage of our veterinary journey.”
Guy Carter said: “IVSA’s exchange visits offer vet students a unique opportunity to see how their peers in other countries learn and train. We were delighted to support this exchange and wish all of the students well as they progress with their studies.”