SRUC

BSc (Hons) Applied Animal Science

Campus: SRUC King's Buildings, Edinburgh

"I’m considering pursuing Veterinary Medicine. However, I’ve also found a passion for education through my role at SRUCSA and have been thinking about where that could take me. It feels like my options are limitless and there’s plenty of time yet to decide."

Applied Animal Science graduate Amy McLuckie developed an interest in livestock at a young age when her parents would take her to animal parks and smallholdings.

The 22-year-old, from East Dunbartonshire, decided to study Applied Animal Science at SRUC in Edinburgh because it combined this interest with her love of science – and also offered her the option to pursue a course in Veterinary Medicine in the future.

“I was really intrigued by the variety of modules on offer, particularly the genetics, parasitology and lab-based modules,” she said.

Not coming from a farming background, she took the opportunity to get some valuable hands-on experience of lambing on a family friend’s farm during the holidays, and in her third year, took part in a Research Skills workshop offered by SRUC’s Biomarkers Lab.

“This was a three-day course that focused on data collection and handling,” she said. “It massively complemented what I had learned in my course and left me with a better understanding of applying the skills in a more practical way. I also met my Honours project supervisors through the workshop and undertook my project at the Biomarkers Lab – so it was valuable for several reasons.”

She became involved in SRUCSA, our student association, first as a class representative and, after she completed her degree last year, as Co-President for the Central Faculty.

“I completely fell in love with everything the students’ association stands for,” she said. “A classmate and I also established and co-chaired the Society of Animal Science. Our aim was to bridge the gap between students and researchers, so the society invited guest speakers to tell students about their current work and how they got into their career. One key thing I learned is no path is completely linear.”

Having been re-elected as Co-President for a second term, she has plenty of time to decide on her future career path - or course of study.

“I’d really love to undertake further study,” she said. “I’m considering pursuing Veterinary Medicine. However, I’ve also found a passion for education through my role at SRUCSA and have been thinking about where that could take me. It feels like my options are limitless and there’s plenty of time yet to decide.”