Well today I sat my last exam (my dissertation oral presentation) within the UK for at least the next four years, I should get my results on the 31st August and as long as I have passed (touch wood) I am good to fly out on the 6th September.
It’s been an absolute roller coaster of a journey to get to where I am now, so many things have happened however I am here now and on the 6th September will be on my way there. I have always known that I will be going to vet school, at the start I just didn’t know where. I’ve looked at a lot of different options, Budapest, Warsaw, St Georges in the Carribean, all the UK Schools (Nottingham, RVC, Liverpool, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Cambridge, Bristol, and Dublin), and also the USA. I chose Slovakia because of the cost and because the people that have studied there already have had only good things to say.
I am now with 23 days left until my flight, I am still some way from the funding that I need, however I am spending the next two days trying to sell everything I own! In addition I am trying to find 150 businesses to sponsor the next 150 days of my diary so if you know anyone or are interested get in touch.
Well my dissertation is bound, printed and handed in! Probably the most effort I have ever made for a single piece of academic work actually. It took 15 minutes to just print each copy so I hope the poor trees have not been used in vain!
Thanks to someone on twitter I’ve been reminded I also have my oral presentation tommorow (yes with working so hard on the project writeup I had forgotten!) so am currently preparing my powerpoint for that. Luckily I am reasonably confident with presentations so should be ok here.
Some people asked for my dissertation topic, the official title was “Investigation into the public perception and recognition of animal pain in companion animal species”. Basically the rationalle behind this project is that the Animal Welfare Act 2006 makes it the owners rseponsibility to ensure that an animal is free from “pain, suffering or disease”. If an owner does not understand animal pain, then basically they cannot do this so its been pretty interesting. I will do a full write up later on what I actually found though as now I gotta get back to my powerpoint.
Well, tonights diary entry is going be short as I must get back to my dissertation, I’ve been working to pretty it up and am pretty pleased with where it’s at. I am in two minds about actually taking a second project on my own back once this is finished to investigate certain areas further.
Anyways the thing I wanted to discuss today was Paying it Forward. Basically the theory is that one good thing should lead to another, or cashing in on good karma for when you need it in the future. I was asked to explain what I meant in terms of giving £1000 a year personally from my salary to help animals for the 40+ years of my career. Basically for every £1 I recieve in help now, I will make sure that £1 carries on working after I graduate as a vet directly helping animals that are in need that may not otherwise be able to get the help. Hence paying it forward, I am recieving a large supply of good karma from a large amount of people. Once I graduate I will be passing that karma on.
I know that its possible, I need to reach these people that are able to help so every single person that retweets something on twitter, or likes it facebook, or even emails a link directly to someone is amazing and I can’t thank you enough! Please keep getting the word out there as many ways as possible!