Royal Veterinary College
Continuing, we got a tour of the veterinary hospital where students help the veterinarians while also learning about the profession. This clinic sees 15,000 animals a year which compared to the U of M Veterinary Medical Center is a bit less as they see 40,000 animals. The RVC has 1,800 students and is the largest vet college in England while the U of M has 416 students. Another difference is the class sizes as they do a lot more of 'teamwork' based classes earlier on than we do at the U of M.
One very unique opportunity that the RVC has is a 5 year program that you begin right after high school to become a veterinarian. This is very different than the entire United States as we do 4 years of undergraduate and then 4 years of veterinary school. Another unique opportunity that the RVC had was a veterinary nurse which is either 3 or 4 years of college and it is a position that does more than a veterinary tech but a bit less than a veterinarian.
At the end of the day, we toured their animal facilities where they house 100 dairy cattle, 400 sheep, a few pigs, chickens, and turkeys. They had many hands-on opportunities that seemed to give their students good experiences while attending the Royal Veterinary College.
English Word of The Day: "cubicle" which is what we know of as dairy cattle free-stalls.
- Madison & Miriah