Course: Applied Animal Science
Campus: SRUC Edinburgh
When Carolina Berman decided to take the plunge and move to Scotland
to study Applied Animal Science at SRUC she knew without doubt that she
wanted to work in the animal industry for the rest of her life. Born in
Argentina to parents in the professional horse riding industry,
Carolina grew up in the countryside surrounded by animals and spent
much of free time attending horse riding events.
At the age of 17 she moved to Switzerland and did volunteer work on
farms in Europe, in Spain she learnt the habits of wild goats before
moving on to work at an Equestrian centre in Ireland.
Carolina wanted to study with SRUC because the course had a strong
practical element which involved genetic laboratory work. And while the
practical aspect of the course was strong, it was the family feeling
here at SRUC that really sticks in her mind:
“All the lecturers know your name, you form close friendship bonds,
people I am still connected with now, it was a very enjoyable place to
be a student.”
Highlights of her time at SRUC include the ten day field excursion
to the Highlands where she was able to sample haggis, visit various
farms and examine good animal welfare practices, something which she
states is an issue in Argentina: “Animal welfare is not good in
Argentina, it is well structured here in Scotland, animals are looked
after properly and humanely.”
Carolina also speaks highly of her teachers at SRUC, in particular
her 4th year Supervisor Tom McEvoy who she described as “so helpful,
going above and beyond to assist students”. Tom helped her choose her
honours topic, looking at milk production in cattle (factors influencing
conception rates and performance of high-yielding dairy herds on a
local and global scale).
Carolina is currently working as a Radiochemical Controller at
Charles River Laboratories, in a team evaluating the safety of new
pharmaceutical drugs, and has ambitions to progress into research.
We wish Carolina success in her future endeavours!
Added: December 2015