Veterinary Leadership Experience

Veterinary Leadership Experience is a two day event run by the Vet For Life SIG for first year BVSc students during the 1st week of uni. Leadership and team building activities along with talks about coping in Vet School are given by staff, students and guest speakers from Hills Pet Nutrition.

The Vets for Life (VFL) program was undertaken again in 2018 with the incoming first year BVSc cohort.  A total of 131 first years descended on YMCA Leslie Dam for a 2 day program of activities and presentations designed to welcome these students into the veterinary science family.  The themes were getting to know each other, resilience, emotional intelligence and a holistic approach to their chosen career.  Nigel Perkins commenced the activities (pictured below) and we also had support from Student Services with Letitia Norton, plus Caitlin Wood, a recent graduate, came to speak about her journal through vet school and into practice in Warwick.  Mal Jones and Margie McEwen described personality types and how this may affect day-to-day choices. A camp fire rounded off a very busy day.

There was great feedback from the first years as it gave them chance to meet their colleagues, staff and students in higher years.  A big note of appreciation to the student facilitators in years 2-4 who gave up their time to contribute to VFL – it would not be possible without them.  A big thanks also to the many staff who could attend and contribute to this valuable welcome to the vet program.