Veterinary Nursing Undergraduate Degrees (1 result)
Animal Production, Welfare And Veterinary Sciences
1 years full time
I have loved my experience so far here at Harper Adams University. All aspects have please me. I love the accommodation- I am personally...
I have loved my experience so far here at Harper Adams University. All aspects have please me. I love the accommodation- I am personally in self-catered and I feel the facilities and kitchen equipment is very good. I also think we have been given a good amount of space to store food and cooking utensils. I have an en-suite room and it is a good size with sufficient storage and quite modern. Overall I think the accommodation is great. The social life is fabulous. There is a pub and an SU on campus so caters for all and the type of evening you wish to have. They hold events normally (without covid) such as open mic nights, sport tournaments and theme nights within the evenings. The sports at Harper is great there are lots of teams to join and lots of games are held which the whole university support. I have settled in here very easily which was one of my major concerns before coming to university. I have made lots of great friends and overall absolutely love it here!
I am in 1st year so have not had to look for work after graduation yet but I know from my experience of placement they have lots of links within the veterinary industry. There is a team to help with placement and jobs in order to help get them, writing CV’s and applications and with support of what to expect.
At then moment with covid we are taught with blended learning which means we have lectures online and practicals in person. Normally lectures take place in the lecture halls with the whole cohort (will now be in the new purpose built vet school!) and practicals take place in smaller groups within the vet nursing unit so we can use specialised equipment. This is a great way to learn as when in smaller groups the tutor can focus on everyone and their abilities in order to help you achieve. The tutors are extremely friendly and are willing to help at any time. For example they will give access to extra questions for any topics you need a bit extra practice at and will reply with great in detail feedback. I sent over some questions one morning and received detailed feedback the same afternoon. You have a variety of tutors and all are willing to help with any topics if you ask. Having multiple tutors is good as it gives you a variety of different explanations and gives you a better chance of understanding the topic. Most of our practicals take place with dogs too so we can have a real go and feel prepared for our 10 week placement which takes place in the summer before year 2. The tutors are always willing to answer questions about this and there is a placement team to help find one if you hadn’t. Overall the style of teaching is fantastic.
The university facilities are fabulous. Personally my course specific buildings are fabulous. There is a vet nursing unit which we use for some practicals as it is set up specifically for Vet nurses and includes specialised equipment for us to use. There is also a new vet building which is for vet nurses and vet students, this has lecture theatres just for us and again specialised equipment and designed rooms so it helps with learning. The library is fantastic and has a mass of books and borrowing these is very simple. The catering department have various eateries and places to get drinks and food all over campus to give a variety. All facilities are extremely clean too.
There is a lot of support available at university which is accessible to all. I personally haven’t used any of these but am fully aware of who and how to contact someone incase I was in need. I have also heard good reports of receiving help from some of my friends.
I would not change it for the world. It is better than I could have ever imagined. I have made life long friends; I am gaining invaluable...
I would not change it for the world. It is better than I could have ever imagined. I have made life long friends; I am gaining invaluable knowledge and experience from my course; my lecturers are friendly and helpful; the nights out are exciting and always create an amazing atmosphere; the facilities, from the vast library to the state of the art equipment, are perfect for every course; support is always available in every respect. My experience so far has been irreplaceable. I would not want to be attending any other university, studying any other course. This is proving to be the best years of my life!!
My university make every effort. Every course has a year placement so we are able to work in our chosen industry/profession and gain invaluable experience and also contacts for when we graduate. Our placement year is monitored by staff at the university who come to visit a few times during the year. They are also available to contact at any time. Staff always advertise placements for every course and endeavour to help in any way they can when securing a placement. Throughout the year, there are also course specific career fairs. As a vet nurse, some of the leading veterinary establishments (including practices, locum companies, zoos, RSPCA for example) attend which is perfect for finding out about any job opportunities and what they are looking for in a potential employee. Without the fairs and the compulsory year out in practice, I strongly believe my job prospects would not be as strong and positive as they will be come graduation. I'm ready for work as soon as I get my degree.
My course is the only one of it's type in the UK to combine two of the essential roles within the veterinary world - veterinary nursing and practice management. It provides me with essential skills to be able to be the best nurse and practice manager I can be. My course is interesting, exciting, enjoyable and relevant. My lecturers make every module interesting and are always on hand to help when you're unsure and give you revision tips to help out. Extra sessions are always available too, especially around the exam period. I never thought it was possible to enjoy a course and get along with your lecturers so well. I could not imagine doing any other course, at any other university, or be taught by any other group of lecturers (all who have a vast range of experience in the job I'm going into)
Our student union is amazing! The event calendar is full every term of both new and traditional events that get bigger and better each year. There are a huge range of events from visits to Birmingham Christmas market, fancy dress nights (different every week) in the SU bar, pub crawls, sports fixtures. There is also RAG - RAG also put events on every term to raise money for charity which we all are a part of. There is also Marrow where students are encouraged to join the Anthony Nolan register. The best events of the year are the four balls - Freshers, Christmas, Paddy's and Summer. Each has well known acts and amazing decoration and fair rides. Four of the best nights each year!! Even the littlest of things count - at every event, there are bands (which allow admission to each event) and these are the perfect memoirs to put in a memory box of our time at university.
My accommodation is amazing! I live in a private student house - it is less than a five minute drive away from Harper and the local town, but the area is tranquil with plenty of amenities itself. The house has everything and more - it is beautifully decorated, modern, has all the essential appliances (e.g. ALL kitchen and washing appliances) and plenty of off road parking. I absolutely loved being in halls in my first year and my high expectations from living on campus have been met now I'm living off campus.
Perfect! Each course has its own specialised facilities which are necessary to be able to perform jobs relevant to the course, but they also make the course more exciting and interesting! For example, for vet nursing we have a simulated veterinary practice with all the facilities we will be facing in our every day life as a nurse. They also go above and beyond with facilities - for example, we have a hydrotherapy pool which improves our skills and puts us a cut above the rest!
For the rural location, the life outside university is everything you could have asked for. There is a shopping centre with all the essential shops nearby. The local town has plenty of pubs and a night club as well as lots of shops! There is a guaranteed good night out in the local town, which is very surprising considering the size and location of the university!
I personally don't get involved in a club/society, but there are opportunities to get involved with a wide range of sports and societies centered around your hobbies/beliefs. Even if you choose not to get involved, all clubs and societies (competitively for example) offer the chance to get involved with their social events. Also, when sports games are played at Harper, everyone gets involved to support and its a really great afternoon as a collective university!
Academically, tutors are brilliant at giving feedback. The feedback is very detailed after every assignment so it is of great help for future work and available quickly after hand in. All tutors offer for you to email them with work that you may have done off your own back, so they can check it and give you feedback.. There is also plenty of personal support on offer. There is a psychotherapist and Mental Health Nurse on site who offer sessions. I currently see the psychotherapist weekly and find that she is extremely understanding, caring and helpful. They always remind students they are available. All staff and other students are friendly and Harper really feels like a home away from home.