Earlier this week, the students of The University of Nottingham School of Veterinary Medicine and Science graduated, and will no be embarking on the next stage of their careers as vets.
The University of Nottingham opened its new Veterinary College for admissions in September 2006 and it was the first new Veterinary College to be opened in the UK for 50 years.
Scarsdale Vets & The University of Nottingham
The College was the first of the UK Veterinary Colleges to use a group of local practices as clinical ‘associates’ through which the students would rotate in teaching groups in their final year for 2 week periods.
Scarsdale Veterinary Group was one of the first of the clinical associate practices; being involved with the College for some time prior to the admission of the first students. The practice now provides associate placements in farm animal practice, first opinion companion animal, surgery companion animal, referral medicine and surgery and out of hours companion animal with partial rotations on equine and herd health.
The arrangement is mutually beneficial; Nottingham students get exposure to a real clinical caseload and Scarsdale Vets gets access to Nottingham expertise, the placement of highly qualified clinical staff and the chance to discuss future employment with selected students.
The practice is extremely proud of the ongoing working relationship with the Nottingham veterinary School and would like to pass on our congratulations and best wishes for the future to all the Class of 2017.
Recognition for Scarsdale Associate Staff Members
We had cause for additional celebration this year at the University of Nottingham Vet School Graduation Ball.
Anders Blaabjerg was voted the Best Associate Staff Member by the students, and Debs Smith was runner-up to the prize. Congratulations to both on their well deserved prizes.
James Hollingworth Memorial Prize for Highest Overall Mark in Farm Animal.
This prize is awarded annually at the graduation ceremony by a member of Scarsdale staff to the student with the highest overall mark in the Farm Animal papers.
The prize is given in memory of James Hollingworth, a much loved farm partner at the Markeaton Practice who died in September 2006 from endocarditis.
James was a farm vet through and through, never happier than when out in the field, although he was also a very keen cricketer and a memorial cricket match is still played each September between a Derby Team and his old home town of Rippon.
Jess Reynolds was the winner of this year’s prize. We wish Jess all the best for the future and hope she enjoys her career as much as James enjoyed his.