It's August, and for everyone at Vets Now that means welcoming a new intake of Cutting Edge vets to the team. There are 12 in the latest group, and over the next few weeks, this blog will feature a quickfire Q&A with each of them.
Our second interview is with Chloe Delimal, who is from Cambrai, in the north-east of France. Chloe already has experience of working in ECC and applied to join Cutting Edge because she'd heard great things about the CPD opportunities at Vets Now.
Click on the link if you'd like to follow in Chloe's footsteps by signing up for Cutting Edge.
Name: Chloe Delimal
Home town: Cambrai, France
Where did you go to university: I graduated from Toulouse Vet School two years ago. I then applied to Lyon Vet School for their rotational small animal internship as they have one of the biggest ECC centres in Europe.
Why did you decide to become a vet: As is the case for most of us, I have been crazy about animals since I was a child.
How did you end up at Vets Now? I was working out of hours in a private practice as internships are not paid in France. But I quickly realised ECC is not as developed as it is in the UK. I was often working by myself, which meant as well as doing consultations I had to do reception duties and answer the phones. It was very frustrating. My mentors at vet school advised me to go to the UK. I got a job as a permanent night vet, and I worked there for a year. I then decided to join Vets Now. I was attracted by the excellent CPD opportunities and having state-of-the-art ECC equipment in every clinic.
What’s the most enjoyable thing about being a vet? Treating puppies and kittens of course! And being able to save pets' lives and share very intense emotional moments with their owners.
Why do you want to work in emergency and critical care? I've always been excited by the prospect of working in ECC and, since leaving vet school, I have taken my career in this direction. Embarking on the Cutting Edge programme seemed like a natural step for me to take and I have also started a certificate in ECC.
What would be your advice to someone who is thinking of becoming a vet? Simple. Just pursue your dreams.
What do you like to do outside of work? I love sports, particularly endurance sports. I completed my first triathlon last August, and I would like to join a club to keep improving myself. I am also a horsy person, and I'm looking forward to bringing my horse to the UK sometime soon.
Tell me an interesting fact no one else knows about you: I wanted to be a professional swimmer but I developed asthma in swimming pools at 11 years old.
The next intake for Cutting Edge is in January, and places are filling up fast. We are also recruiting for more experienced vets for Refresh Your Edge. If you, or any vets you know, are interested in applying, please call the Vets Now recruitment team for more information on 01383 841181 or click here.