So what would I see as a student?
1000s of cases. Any PDSA Pet hospital can proudly say that it deals with more trauma and medical cases than the average private practice. It’s exciting, busy and you’ll never be bored. You’ll see a huge range of surgical and medical procedures, some that you may not see in private practice.
What would I get out of it?
Great experience. You’ll gain vital veterinary and nursing skills. You’ll also learn about vet teamwork. Each PDSA Pet Hospital has an average of six vets, seven nurses and eleven ancillary staff. You’ll also soon pick up how to relate to owners as you’ll be seeing thousands of sick and injured pets. This is a key skill for your future career, whether it’s with PDSA or elsewhere.
If PDSA only offer free treatments, are they only basic treatments?
No. PDSA Pet Hospitals are equipped to a high standard. We have ECGs, endoscopes, ultrasounds, ASIF equipment and much more. We see dogs, cats, rabbits and small furries including hamsters and guinea pigs. PDSA does not provide treatment for exotic species like iguanas, but we always provide life-saving care in an emergency for any species.
Does that mean you can do anything for any pet?
No. We do have certain restrictions. PDSA is a registered charity. So we must use our precious resources to their best effect: e.g. we don’t provide post-mortem examinations.
Does PDSA provide preventive treatment?
Yes. We offer neutering, vaccinations, flea and worm treatments and microchipping for an accessible charge at PDSA Pet Hospitals and PDSA Pet Practices for eligible owners.
So will I just sit around and watch?
No. Veterinary students often become involved in procedures, under close supervision, if the vet thinks you are capable. You may help with inpatient care, such as fluid administration and medical treatments. You could help in the theatre by being an extra pair of hands if appropriate.