At the Animal Emergency Service, we have dozens of students every year coming through for practical rotations. Here are some of my tips to help your transition into practical placements.
Have a MiniVet Guide! This will give you a framework on which to approach any case that you see. Don’t be caught out not having a clue when asked by your supervisor what your take on a case is.
Have your own stethoscope, pen, scissors and name badge. You don’t want to look like a pre-clinical student now do you? You’re not playing dress up anymore. For all intent and purposes, you are a clinician and will be expected to conduct yourself as one.
Look professional – contact the clinic before a rotation to ask if there is any special dress requirement. Please don’t rock up on the Monday morning looking like you spent the night in the bush.