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Emma Stirton – sticking with her dream

After leaving school at 18, Emma Stirton began working in the hospitality sector alongside helping at a local livery yard. At twenty years of age, Emma went on to study for an HND in Animal Care with the plan to articulate into Veterinary Nursing on completion of the course. Due to a serious horse riding accident in the second year of her HND, Emma returned to work in hospitality management for three years but was still sure that at some point in the future she wanted to follow her dreams and change career paths and to study to become a Veterinary Nurse. When Emma saw that applications were open to apply for the Level 3 Diploma at the Aberdeen campus, she instantly knew it was the right time in her life to apply. Regular shifts volunteering at a veterinary practice on the outskirts of Aberdeen resulted in a delighted Emma being offered a work placement at the practice for the duration of her training.

“The Aberdeen campus is well set up and resourced to provide practical hands-on experience with a large variety of animals including such diverse species as reptiles and Shetland ponies! I found the course structure allowed me to easily apply theory to practice with the split of our time each week between college study and practice. In my opinion, this allows trainee vet nurses to build confidence and increase skills more than if a work placement is on block release.”

“During the course, I discovered I had an interest in radiography and theatre nursing and these are the aspects I am now thoroughly enjoying about my job.”

“Throughout the duration of my course, I found all of the lecturers to be very supportive, answering any questions or concerns I had.” After completion, Emma started full time employment as a veterinary nurse at her training practice in Aberdeen.


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