Here’s what two of your peers from Murdoch University have to say
As part of the CVE’s drive to alert every Australasian veterinary student to the benefits of life-long membership, commencing as a Student Member and transitioning through to Recent Graduate and Professional Member, the CVE made complimentary places available at our recent Feline Medicine Conference in Perth. Two students, in return, agreed to share their experience with their peers.
Note: Student Membership is FREE and entitles students to 75% discount on most courses. Visit www.cve.edu.au/membership for more info.
Talia Morgan, Murdoch University
I was fortunate enough to recently attend the feline medicine seminar presented by the CVE.
The keynote speaker was Dr Andrea Harvey, who has worked in both Australia and the UK. Dr Harvey was joined by local clinicians, who covered a range of topics from diarrhoea to diet. It was wonderful to hear how we as veterinarians and future veterinarians should be considering our feline patients’ needs as, after all, they are not small dogs.
Everything from how the clinic is set up, to how they are handled, and the specific diseases they are more susceptible to are different and, with some forward feline thinking, we can minimise their stress, and maximise their standard of care. Of particular interest was the session on lower urinary tract disease and idiopathic cystitis. There is so much more to the feline urinary tract than just their bladder and urethra! There are dietary, behavioural, and a plethora of environmental considerations, hence the name Pandora syndrome.
This was a well presented, informative session that I feel has helped me think about our feline patients a bit differently.
I commend CVE for presenting such a great seminar, and would thoroughly recommend that students and new graduates take advantage of their resources if you fancy brushing up on some skills, or expanding your knowledge base in an area of interest. Students can’t be expected to know everything, so having another tool in your belt of resources is always handy, and membership is free.
Kayleigh Lange, Murdoch University – Veterinary Medicine Class of 2017
As a student I have been lucky enough to attend a few conferences now. Having been passionate about feline medicine from the beginning of vet school I have leaped at every opportunity to attend any feline events in the profession.
I decided to attend the CVE’s feline conference for three reasons; networking, expanding my feline knowledge and adding to my CV. Few students realise how important networking from early on can be in the veterinary profession.
These events are a great opportunity to meet and get to know other like-minded vets. I was also surprised to find how many people I already knew at the conference. There were a few new grads, whom I knew through Murdoch. I already knew the vets from The Perth Cat Hospital and Sue Foster. I met many other vets who were passionate about Feline care. As a student looking to book practical work and looking for jobs later on, I can use my connections to help find placements that are like-minded. Finding out which clinics are taking an interest in feline medicine can help me direct my job applications to come. Ensuring I end up in a setting that supports my passion and appreciates the extra knowledge I can bring with me.
For many students, attending a conference can be daunting.
I remember my first conference being a bit overwhelmed because so much of the information was above my knowledge level. Now that I am farther along, this conference helped me to reinforce that I did in fact know quite a bit! I especially loved the case examples. With these I could work through it in my head and be pleasantly surprised at how often I had the same ideas as the rest of the vets in attendance, as well as the presenters. The pace can be a bit quick for students sometimes, who are still wrapping their head around signalment, but it always reinforces the need for good problem solving skills. Even when the knowledge seemed to be above my skill set, I know that I have these notes and references that I can go back to later.
Adding to my CV is a bit self-serving, but ultimately many students forget that their marks are not what is going to set them apart.
Having attended conferences and other workshops prior to graduation immediately changes my CV and can make it stand out. Having been to more than one feline catered event helps reinforce the passion I have. It’s like adding evidence to your cover letter. You aren’t just claiming to be interested to get the job, you have proof of the things you are passionate about. You can show that your passion and interest is so important you take time out of your holidays to keep learning and growing as a professional. That tells an employer your dedication better than you can in words.
Overall, the CVE Feline Medicine Conference helped me to network, expand my knowledge and will be another valuable addition to my CV.
It is very intimidating as a student to network with fully fledged vets, but the smaller setting of this particular conference made it much easier and less stressful. As a student, asking questions and contributing to discussions with professionals can also be intimidating but again, the smaller intimate setting made that much easier. The open and supportive group of vets in attendance were very welcoming and happy to hear my contributions. Now that I am farther along in my degree, adding this feline knowledge is both easier and more rewarding. I now am starting to know enough to follow cases without being overwhelmed and can even understand the justifications that vets have for differing their treatment.
In the end the conference was rewarding for me both professionally and personally. I look forward to attending more conferences held by the CVE.
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