When deciding where to study for a degree, there are lots of things to consider; from the facilities, to the housing, to the community feeling - they all factor into the higher education experience. But perhaps deciding on the course itself is one of the hardest challenges of all. Fortunately, Lucy is here to share how she decided her BSc (Hons) Veterinary Physiotherapy degree was for her.
“I have always wanted to work with animals in some way,” Lucy began. “Initially I wanted to be a vet. However, I soon realised I would rather work with animals all day, to help rehabilitate them. That was when I discovered the role of a veterinary physiotherapist which appealed to me greatly.”
For Lucy, this decision was made three years ago, when she initially began considering universities. Knowing she wanted to follow this career path, finding the right institution was the next challenge.
So why Harper? Lucy commented: “I chose Harper because I liked the close community feeling on campus and the wide range of facilities available, including the canine hydrotherapy pool, treadmill and the physio treatment rooms. I also liked the idea of a placement year and the hands-on experience that Harper offers.”
Having now completed her first year, Lucy explained how she got to make use of the facilities with practical work. She said: “My favourite thing that I have learnt and what particularly stands out is the practical experience with the horses and dogs for the majority of weeks which solidified my knowledge. Through this practical experience, my interest in the equine side of my studies has grown - but my main interest is still in with the canines!”
The hands on experience extends beyond the physical classroom, where Lucy has been able to undertake a variety of tasks across the working farm. Lucy remarked that taking part in lambing season was one of the highlights of her first year at Harper.
To build on her experiences and to add some additional skills to her CV, Lucy spoke about her ambitions for the next three years at university. She said: “I am aiming to complete a few courses, hopefully my tractor and trailer licenses. Within my placement year, I would ideally want to have a placement involving the rehabilitation of horses. I know this may be difficult to achieve due to places but I’m keen to try!”
Alongside her studies, Lucy also joined the Veterinary Society through the Harper Adams SU. From joining the group, Lucy has been part of several trips. She shared: “We have been to West Midlands Safari Park and Crufts which have been great fun. Hopefully we can plan more trips once we return to campus.”
As a big part of her first year experience, Lucy said: “I would advise freshers that are about to start their time at Harper to get involved in as many events and societies as they can in order to meet a variety of people. Also, I would say to try and go outside of their comfort zone; I know I didn’t and I missed out on a range of experiences in my first year. However, I’m keen to get involved next term!”
Heading to Harper as a fresher next year? Join our Freshers group on Facebook to meet your classmates and be part of the Harper community. Still undecided on what course is for you? We’re holding our undergraduate virtual open day on July 22. Sign up now to find the degree that matters to you.