Vets Now’s innovative Cutting Edge induction programme is aimed at vets who are keen to work in emergency and critical care, but who would like to build up their skills and confidence before taking sole charge.

Our latest intake of Cutting Edge vets have just embarked on the 10-week programme and are busy learning the fundamentals of ECC. Over the coming weeks, this blog will feature a Q&A with each of them.

First in the firing line is Lui Allen-Deal, who comes from south-west London. Lui applied for a place on Cutting Edge after working out of hours at another practice and falling in love with emergency and critical care.

If you’d like to follow in Lui’s footsteps and feel you are suited to a life in ECC, click here.

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Name: Lui (Anais) Allen-Deal

Hometown: London

Tell me a bit about your background?

I grew up in south-west London where I went to school and college. After finishing college, I wanted to travel the world before starting university, so I went to Austria to spend a winter there. I also sailed across the Atlantic. I eventually returned to London to study veterinary medicine at the RVC.An image of Lui Allen Deal for Vets Now article on Cutting Edge

Where did you go to university?

The Royal Veterinary College in London.

When did you first decide to become a vet?

When I was just seven. I’ve always loved animals and solving puzzles, so combining the two by becoming a vet made sense to me.

Give me a quick rundown of your career?

I graduated from vet school in 2016 and worked as a mobile vet, mainly from a 24-hour continuous care centre. It was here I developed a passion for ECC and I’ve been keen to progress my skills ever since. That’s why I decided to join the Cutting Edge programme.

What’s the most enjoyable thing about being a vet?

Achieving good outcomes for patients and being able to tell owners that their pet is going to be ok. I love the feeling of being able to make a difference to an animal’s life, and seeing the joy in their owner’s face when their happy, healthy pet is returned to them.

Why do you want to work in ECC?

It’s the area of veterinary medicine that’s the most challenging and rewarding for me. I like the fact that a patient can be in a critical condition and within a matter of hours you can turn them around and get them back to full health.

What prompted you to apply for Cutting Edge?

I’d been interested in further developing my ECC skills for a while, but didn’t know the best route to take. It was then two of my friends, who had done the Cutting Edge programme, recommended it. On further investigation, I realised it was the right programme for me.

What are you hoping to get out of the Cutting Edge programme?

I’m hoping to build up my knowledge of emergency medicine and surgery, and also to gain the confidence to be able to work sole-charge in a busy ECC clinic.

What would be your advice to someone who is thinking of becoming a vet?

I always recommend aspiring vets go lambing. It’s an emotional rollercoaster that looks great on your application and is good preparation for working crazy hours.

What do you like to do outside of work?

I really enjoy sailing and snowboarding whenever I get the chance.

What is the most exciting thing you’ve ever done?

In my final year at university, I completed a work placement on a wildlife conservancy in Kenya. It was so exciting being out there and seeing the different kinds of wildlife to what we have in the UK. I was even lucky enough to help anaesthetise elephants and hyena while I was there.

The next intake for Cutting Edge is in August, and places are filling up fast. We are also recruiting for more experienced vets for Refresh Your Edge, and our new fast-track programme AdvantEdge. If you, or any vets you know, are interested in applying, please call the Vets Now recruitment team for more information on 01383 841181 or click here.