From hospitality to vet hospital.
BSc (Hons) Veterinary Nursing
Campus: SRUC Barony Campus
“For many years I have thought about a career change and following my passion.”
After a previous 15 year career in the hospitality sector, Catherine decided to take the leap back to education to study for a BSc (Hons) degree in Veterinary Nursing at SRUC Barony campus.
Talking about her past career, Catherine says “When I first left school I got a job in a boarding kennel and cattery looking after dogs and cats, whilst their owners were on holiday or away for work. I worked at the kennels for a couple of years however due to the family moving I fell into the hospitality sector as it was the only work that seemed to be available. For over 15 years I worked in the hospitality sector, including kitchen porter, barmaid, housekeeping and waitressing. “
“Veterinary has always been a sector that I have had an interest in even whilst at school. For many years I have thought about a career change and following my passion but the real wake-up moment was during the pandemic. During the pandemic, I decided if I didn’t change my career now then I never would, therefore in 2021 I decided to submit my application for the veterinary nursing course at SRUC. I had heard that SRUC was a friendly campus with excellent teaching staff. The working farm aspect at the Barony campus was a real plus point since I have an interest in large animals. Much to my delight a couple of months after submitting my application I received an invite for an interview and managed to secure a place. “
So far my time at SRUC has been fun and enjoyable. The teaching staff at SRUC are helpful and friendly. My favourite part of my course so far has to be hands-on work with the cattle. Aside from studying, I’m also working on getting a pool/8 ball team set up!”
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