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Practice or research? Weighing up the benefits
  1. Beth Walding

    Beth Walding graduated from Bristol in 2004, having completed an intercalated degree in veterinary pathology at the Royal Veterinary College in 2002. After a period working as a locum in Bristol, she joined the Animal Medical Centre in Northampton, a purely small animal, first opinion practice, as an assistant. Her interest in medical cases led to her enrolling for the RCVS Certificate in Small Animal Medicine, which she is currently working towards. She is involved with the BVA's Young Vet Network.


IT WOULD seem that, at the moment, those who want to work in practice will find a post after graduation. However, in some cases this can take months and incur financial hardship — a situation that could get worse as the number of graduates increases. This is an issue that is close to Beth Walding's heart. It prompted her to find out how her contemporaries who have pursued alternative careers, mostly in research, are faring. As she discovered, there is plenty to recommend a more scientifically based path.

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