Cutting Edge: New recruit Anna explains her passion for out-of-hours ECC

Cutting Edge Q&A: Anna shares her journey from farm girl to emergency & critical care vet

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Our Cutting Edge recruits are now six weeks into the programme and are currently working mentored shifts in Vets Now out-of-hours clinics and emergency and specialty hospitals.

This week's Q&A is with Anna Jakubinska, from Wlodawa in Poland, who is gaining valuable experience in our busy Bournemouth clinic. Anna developed an affinity with veterinary care as a youngster and has followed her passion to work in emergency and critical care ever since. If you are thinking about following in her footsteps, you can sign up to Cutting Edge here.

Name: Anna Jakubinska

Hometown: Wlodawa, Poland

Where did you go to university? Lublin, Poland

Why did you decide to become a vet? I grew up on a farm and loved watching our local vet. When he was coming to see our animals he'd let me carry his metal case holding his surgical instruments. That's when I first started thinking about becoming a vet.Image of our latest intake of Cutting Edge recruits

How did you end up at Vets Now? I graduated from university in 2012 and moved to the UK a year later. I spent a few years working in a first-opinion practice before I discovered I really enjoyed working out of hours. That’s what led me to the Cutting Edge course.

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What’s the most enjoyable thing about being a vet? The fact that you never know what is going to come through the door. There is a big variety and this job is never boring. I also enjoy striking up a good relationship with pet owners. Helping them understand their pet’s needs makes the job a lot more enjoyable.

Why do you want to work in emergency and critical care? I've always been interested in ECC. There's no better feeling than the satisfaction you get after a successful operation or treatment that's helped a pet and their owner at the time they needed us most.

What would be your advice to someone who is thinking of becoming a vet? It's not for everyone and the hours can be long and unsociable, but the rewards you get far outweigh any negatives.

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What do you like to do outside of work? I love meeting new people and learning about their culture. In my spare time, I travel the world or host people from different countries. I also do yoga and love my Saturday park run.

Tell me an interesting fact no one else knows about you? When I was a teenager I joined the local fire cadets and was seriously considering becoming a firefighter.

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.

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