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New Graduates
Making the transition from student to veterinary surgeon
  1. Clare Knottenbelt

    Clare Knottenbelt graduated from Bristol in 1994. After a period in practice, she took up the Clinical Studies Trust Fund (Petsavers) residency in small animal internal medicine at the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, Edinburgh. She holds the certificate in small animal medicine.

2. Common problems


A NEW graduate's early experience of practice has the potential to make or break their future as a veterinary surgeon. Most graduates enter the veterinary profession with high expectations, having spent five years working towards this goal. Many become disillusioned with their chosen career, a fact that is usually blamed on veterinary education systems or the undergraduate selection process. This fails to acknowledge the common problems encountered by new graduates and, in this article, Clare Knottenbelt looks at what these problems are and suggests how they could be addressed.

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