Paragon Veterinary Group tries to give students as much hands on experience as possible with both small and large animals. We encourage students to be keen, enthusiastic, ask questions and be involved in cases. We are here to help you gain practical experience. If you show an interest then so will we.
All the vets start at 8.30am and some of the large animal vets may go straight out on routine visits. We will organise visits for you and if there are any particular cases you want to follow through then please let us know. We have three small animal surgeries a day, and students are more than welcome to stand in on consultations if things are quiet in the hospital. Operation procedures will start 8.30 - 9.00 am.
Accommodation for students is available in a flat above our practice. Please let us know if this is required and we will inform you of the relevant costs.
Out of hours
Most emergency work occurs out of hours, e.g. Large animal calvings, prolapses and small animal gastric torsions, caesarians etc. If you would like to get involved in these then let the on-call vet know. We have separate on- call for small and large animal clients. There is a vets' rota by the large animal diary in the main office.
Things to get involved with:
- Operation Procedures
- Hospitalised Patients
- Taking Blood Samples
- Placing Patients on Fluids
- Looking at Blood Smears
- Looking at Urine Smears
- Mastitis Investigations
- Farm Visits and Fact Finding
- Young Stock Disease Investigation
We expect all students to get involved whether you are seeing small or large animal practice. If you have a particular area you would like to improve on or you want more practical experience of specific procedures, then let us know when you first join us so we can try to expose you to these where possible. Make the most of your time with the Vets and ask as many questions as you like. If things are quiet in the practice we will always find something for you to do.