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From Marketing to Mintlaw


After graduating with an MA in Business Economics with Marketing from the University of Dundee, Laura Rotheray worked in various roles including ten years at Aberdeenshire Council.

However, when the coronavirus pandemic hit, she seized the opportunity to change her career.

The 40-year-old, who lives near Turriff in Aberdeenshire, comes from a farming background and wanted to work with animals in a rural location.

“I always knew I wanted to learn more and decided to change my career direction in March 2020,” she said.  “The pandemic made me realise that at my age it was now or never.

“I contacted Skills Development Scotland which has provided invaluable advice and support through my new journey.”

When Laura started to research suitable courses, she came across the Veterinary Care Assistant course at SRUC.

“I knew this was the one for me as the veterinary world has always appealed to me and I wanted an entry level course from which I could progress,” she said. “It was the most wonderful feeling to have a new purpose and direction in my life.”

As part of the course, VCA students spend a minimum of 600 hours gaining work experience in a practice.

Vet Care Assistant Student Laura standing outside the Vet Surgery in Mintlaw

Laura started her placement at Mintlaw Vet Surgery in Mintlaw in November 2020 and has now been offered a permanent job as a Veterinary Care Assistant.

“The team at Mintlaw has been so supportive and after entering as a complete newcomer, I have learned – and continue to learn – many new skills. When I was offered a permanent job, I accepted it straight away as I knew this was an opportunity I could not let slip away.

“I will always be so grateful to Mintlaw Vets for taking me on during this difficult time which has caused so much change to the way practices have had to operate.

“I feel that I have accomplished so much in such a short space of time, thanks to Skills Development Scotland, SRUC and the staff at Mintlaw Vets.  It has truly been lifechanging and I am so excited for the future.”

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