Animal Emergency Service’s very own dream team, Dr Alex Hynes and Dr Gerardo Poli, were recently offered the opportunity to speak to Veterinary students about the field of Emergency and Critical Care at the Royal Veterinary College in London, and then at the Society of Practising Veterinary Surgeons event for final year Veterinary students in the UK.

Over 200 students attended the Royal Vet College event which was organized by the Student Veterinary Emergency & Critical Care Society. Gerardo and Alex covered topics including dyspnoea, shock, triage and fluid therapy which are hot topics in the field of Emergency. But it wasn’t only clinical topics that were covered, they also discussed some more personal topics about overcoming fear, developing resilience and coping with the highs and lows of emergency.

Feedback was excellent with the day described as “amazing”, “really informative”, “knowledgeable, down to earth speakers” and “Gerardo and Alex are such an inspiration”.  They have even been invited back to speak next year! Students asked for selfies, photos, and autographs. At one point, Gerardo even had a queue of over 100 people wanting him to sign their Minivet Guide!

Gerardo commented that “I love being in a position to be able to deliver Emergency and Critical Care content to students. It gives me real satisfaction to help with their journey to becoming a Vet and perhaps inspiring them into a career in Emergency. What I enjoy the most is making learning fun and enjoyable and engaging with students not only on clinical information but also on a one-to-one level. Finding out about their hopes and fears and talking through those concerns, and helping them to a place where they can make clear positive decisions.”

The Society of Practising Veterinary Surgeons event in Lancaster is for final year students, however, the focus is non-clinical such as tips on getting your first job and what it means to go from student to Vet and how to manage the transition effectively.  Alex spoke about her career in the field of Emergency and shared her experiences and advice with over 100 Veterinary students – even though her talk clashed with the World Cup England Quarter Final! She probably received the most questions of the day and feedback was that “she smashed it”.

Alex said “The main highlight for me is getting to speak to the students on a one-to-one basis after the talks are over. At the RVC and SPVS event, we had a few hours socially with students and it is there that they really open up and talk about their fears and dreams and I love being able to help them and offer personal advice. After the RVC talk, a parent contacted me saying her Vet student daughter had been feeling disengaged and down recently, but after our workshop and conversation she had come home with renewed passion and hope for her Veterinary career. That for me is why I do this and why it is so important to engage and share our passion when we can.“

Now whilst we don’t like them being away for too long, we love that Dr Alex and Dr Gerardo are sharing their passion for Emergency, and helping to inspire the next generation of Vets throughout the world.

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