The Daily Grind – Then vs. Now (Part Two)

The Daily Grind – Then vs. Now (Part Two)

Now
I’m just starting the third year of my PhD project. I’m not entirely sure where the previous two years have gone. I highly suspect my memory has been erased by The Men in Black gizmo. It would explain a lot. Some call this the final year, the home stretch. Soon you will be finished they say. I take comfort in this as I’m currently performing what seems like a never ending run of PCR reactions. Here’s a typical day. Continue reading “The Daily Grind – Then vs. Now (Part Two)”

Vets in research

So you don’t want to be a vet anymore?’

This was (and occasionally still is) the question asked when I announced that I was leaving first opinion veterinary practice for a career in research. My long-suffering parents, who had supported me throughout my veterinary degree and those first few terrifying years in practice seemed a little disappointed. I had spent five years studying animal husbandry, anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, microbiology, pathology, pharmacology, parasitology and clinical veterinary medicine as well as countless hours putting it all together seeing practice in order to gain my degree in veterinary medicine. After I qualified I spent my first few years as a stressed new graduate working in mixed practice before finally finding my feet.

Now I was going to work in a lab?

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