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Ceara Follows her Dreams

Vet Care Assistant Student Ceara crouching in dark blue Vet Scrubs and petting a black dog

Having worked on a stable yard since the age of 12, Ceara Anderson wanted to study something which involved animals.

She had heard about SRUC from friends who had studied Animal Care there and decided to do the one-year Veterinary Care Assistant Level 2 Diploma at the Craibstone campus in Aberdeen.

“I have always had an interest in animals since I was young,” the 18-year-old from Aberdeen said. “My dad got me work on his friend’s stable yard where there were horses, cats, dogs, sheep and guinea fowls.

“Throughout the four years of working there, my love for animals grew and I felt passionate about turning that into a career.”

As well as attending classes, VCA students also spend a minimum of 600 hours gaining work experience in a practice and Ceara was offered a placement at the Town and Country Veterinary Group in Banchory.

“I have really enjoyed my time there and it will be sad to leave,” she said. “Everyone at the practice has been great at supporting me through my course.”

However, she has been offered a full-time, permanent job as a Veterinary Care Assistant at the Millburn branch of the Town and Country Veterinary Group where she will continue furthering her skills in animal care, with a view to becoming a registered Veterinary Nurse in the future.

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