Vets Now has a host of programmes for vets eager to cut their teeth in emergency and critical care.
One is our rotating internship programme, which is designed for highly motivated vets who are keen to expand their skills, knowledge and experience in all aspects of small animal practice.
It’s aimed at recent veterinary graduates wishing to pursue specific discipline specialist training in the future (residency) or those keen to increase their knowledge and experience for a return to general practice.
Over the coming months, this blog will feature interviews with some of our current crop of interns.
First up is Camilla Ferrero who is based in our emergency and specialty hospital in Glasgow. If you would like to follow in Camilla’s footsteps, click here.
Name: Camilla Ferrero
Hometown: Milan, Italy
Tell me about your background? I’m originally from Milan where I went to university. I graduated in October 2015 and began working in a local practice doing an internship. I then decided that I wanted more experience in emergency care so I moved to the UK to begin an internship with Vets Now.
What made you want to become a vet? I’ve always been interested in medicine — both human and animal, so I began to look into those career options before deciding that veterinary medicine was perfect for me.
Tell me about the Vets Now internship? I’m enjoying it. It can be very intense, but that’s why I wanted the job. In my first few weeks, I was on an externship in Glasgow University’s anaesthesia department which was great because that’s what I want to specialise in. Since then I’ve worked in rotating shift patterns, and so far I’ve been in orthopaedics and medicine. I’ve definitely improved as a vet. It’s helped me become more knowledgeable.
What do you enjoy most about the internship? Being surrounded by people who really know what they’re doing. It’s fantastic to work alongside specialists who you can ask anything. Even when you’re working out of hours, there are so many experienced people to learn from. The most enjoyable part is the continued challenges and improvement that it offers. That’s exactly what I was looking for.
Where do you see yourself in five years time? Hopefully doing a residency programme in anaesthesia somewhere in the UK.
How have you found working in ECC? It’s excellent, albeit very intense. I particularly like the fact you’re never alone — you’re always surrounded by experienced people. Before joining Vets Now I worked in a 24-hour hospital in Italy, and I’d often do shifts alone. Here there’s always someone to help. It’s easier to cope with the high caseload as a result.
What makes Vets Now a great company to work for? The support network in place and the family atmosphere among staff. It’s the kind of place where you can always ask for help.
What advice would you give to someone thinking of becoming a vet? Just be aware that while it may look nice from the outside, it can be challenging. It involves a lot of responsibility. But it is also very rewarding.
If you would like to discuss our internship opportunities, call our recruitment team on 01383 841181 or for more information email [email protected].