BillyBilly, 4th year Bachelor of Veterinary Science (Honours)

My name is Billy and I’m an international student from Hong Kong who is currently studying my 4th year in Veterinary Science at UQ. When I first came to UQ Gatton, having grown up in a big and vibrant city, I found Gatton quite uneventful and isolated. However, once I started getting to know more people, I realised Gatton is actually a very close-knit and supportive community regardless of where you come from, and everyone would definitely find somewhere to fit in. In terms of the coursework, you will need to be prepared to work hard. This is not an easy degree, but at the same time very rewarding. One thing I really enjoy about this course is that we are provided with plenty of hands-on opportunities that allow us to apply what we learn in lectures in a practical context.

 

Song Ze YannSong Ze Yann, 2nd year Bachelor of Veterinary Science (Honours)

Being an international student isn’t as bad as it sounds. I also had my doubts before coming to Australia but turns out my doubts were wrong. There are so many people that I can mingle with, not only the Australians are surprised that I could speak English so well even though the language isn’t my first language, but I also get to meet people from all over the world, get to explore their culture together and who knows, you might be surprised by a thing or two from them. Besides that, living in another country was also a whole new experience for me, and I am grateful that I had the opportunity to go through this exciting new chapter of my life.

 

Pavithra Ramesh

Pavithra Ramesh, 2nd year Bachelor of Veterinary Science (Honours)

As an international student straight out of high school, I was quite apprehensive about entering university so far away from home. But at UQ Gatton, I found a whole community of students, all from diverse backgrounds, having gone through a similar transition as me. The support I received has been amazing! It really helped me to pull through the process of leaving home and getting into the flow of the programme. the programme itself has been brilliant so far! Tailored to help us understand the practical aspects of the industry today, along with a strong focus on the theory and clinical aspects. In spite of such a demanding programme, we have had a really good system that motivates us to keep going. And I am really grateful to be part of such a wonderful community.

 

Nevindajit Kaur Harjit Singh

Nevindajit Kaur Harjit Singh, 4th year, Bachelor of Veterinary Science (Honours)
UQ Veterinary Student Association President 2018

I am a Malaysian student currently in my fourth year of the Bachelor of Veterinary Science here at UQ Gatton. Enrolling in this degree is allowing me to achieve my goal of becoming a vet, a dream that has had a grip of me since young. Studying internationally is great in many ways but has also proven to be quite challenging. Gatton is a rural town an hour west of Brisbane, and having the vet school placed there allows for amazing hands-on facilities which allows for the development of animal husbandry and handling skills in an ideal setting. Each year groups have a set class structure with approximately 120 students, allowing us to get to know each other very quickly and creating a cohesive environment where all students – international or domestic, are able to bond and create lasting friendships.

 

Gene Lee & Yuki Ko

Gene Lee & Yuki Ko, 3rd year Bachelor of Veterinary Science (Honours)

We are third year UQ veterinary science students. Studying veterinary science is challenging yet rewarding. UQ vet school provided lots of support for international students. Many social activities are organised for exclusively for UQ vet international students such as Harmony Day, Sports culture event. These enables us to immerse ourselves into a culturally diverse environment, meeting new friends from all over the world. Our lecturers who involved in the courses are very warm and welcoming towards international students. They are always here to help us to cope with different kind of problems ranging from academic questions to everyday life problem and even overcoming homesick.

 

Sam Danlei Wang

Sam Danlei Wang, 2nd year Bachelor of Veterinary Science (Honours)

Studying veterinary science in UQ Gatton has been an amazing journey. The best part that I loved here is how supportive and lovely the community is. Before I came to Australia, I wasn’t sure if I could settle in well as I had never lived in another country; but thanks to VFL (which is an awesome program that aims to integrate students from different backgrounds), I surprisingly found myself surrounded by lots of new friends within the first week!

And although academic life can be busy, my spare time is never boring – heaps of social events; Special Interest Groups which enable us to explore different career possibilities; and a solid peer support system to turn to whenever I encounter any problems. I’m sincerely enjoying every moment of my life here.

 

Julia FinlaysonJulia Finlayson, 2nd year Bachelor of Veterinary Science (Honours)

I’m very glad I chose UQ for my veterinary training. The facilities are world-class, with access to spacious, state-of-the-art labs and all the main animal species present on campus. The lecturers and tutors are all helpful and approachable. Little perks like having access to past exam papers and the ability to watch lectures online help keep stress to a minimum. The option of living on campus is extremely convenient for international students. Everyone is friendly and welcoming. As a winter-hating Canadian, I am very happy to be earning an internationally accredited degree while living amidst the sunshine and palm trees of Queensland!  

 

Alexander Del BiancoAlexander Del Bianco, 2nd year Bachelor of Veterinary Science (Honours)

Studying Veterinary Science at UQ is one of the best decisions I have ever made. It's really giving me a chance to work with people that are just as passionate about veterinary medicine as I am. The lecturers and the rest of my peers have been supportive throughout the course and are assisting me with living in a foreign country. I currently live in a shared house off-campus in Gatton with domestic students. They are always there for me to help whether it is with university or non-university related. Gatton itself is very warm and welcoming of international students and appreciate us being there. 

 

Ian Kei HoIan Kei Ho (Fiona), 1st year Bachelor of Veterinary Science (Honours)

My name is Fiona and I am an international student from Macau. I arrived in Australia in 2013 and I am currently undertaking my first year of the Bachelor of Veterinary Science (Honours) program at the University of Queensland. Back in high school, I always knew that I wanted to attend the School of Veterinary Science at the University of Queensland, as this is one of the top Veterinary teaching facilities in the world. In 2016, I undertook the Enhanced Study Program offered by the university, and I had a chance to attend classes here at the Gatton campus. Ever since then I had my heart sat to come back for my tertiary education, as the Gatton campus is such a peaceful, charming place to be.  

I enrolled in the Bachelor of Veterinary Technology program in 2017. During that time, I have met many different students from all over the world and made some staunch friends in the School of Veterinary Science. The teaching staffs here are some of the most caring people. Each and every one of them is passionate about providing the best for their students. These staffs really helped me to transition into my university life.

With all the love and support that I received, I was finally able to enrol in the Bachelor of Veterinary Science (Honours) in early 2018 and continue my veterinary student journey.