Eight weeks into the Cutting Edge programme and our August intake of emergency and critical care vets have just completed their block of mentored clinical shifts.
This week’s Q&A is with Diana Koziol, from Sopotnia Mala in Poland. Diana embarked on a career in ECC because she wanted to combine her passion for animals with her interest in emergency medicine.
Diana did her mentored shifts in our Liverpool and Preston clinics. If you would like to follow in her footsteps and sign up for Cutting Edge click here to find out more.
Name: Diana Koziol
Hometown: Sopotnia Mala, Poland
Where did you go to university: Olsztyn, Poland
Why did you decide to become a vet? I grew up surrounded by animals and really enjoyed being around them. I've also always had a strong interest in medicine, so, for me, studying to be a vet was the perfect combination.
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Give me a quick rundown of your career? After I graduated from university, I spent a few months working in a referral clinic in Manchester. In this role, I did a bit of out-of-hours emergency work. It was then I realised that working in emergency and critical care was something I really wanted to do.
After leaving that job, I worked for 18 months in a first opinion practice. I met great people and had a good time, but I always felt like I needed a bigger challenge. A friend of mine recommended Vets Now as the best place to work as an emergency vet.
What’s the most enjoyable thing about being a vet? The fact there is always something new to see, even after a few years of experience. Also, depending on your interests, there are many different areas which you can choose to specialise in.
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Why do you want to work in emergency and critical care? Because you never know what you’re going to get in your consultation room. This makes work much more exciting and interesting. It’s also great knowing you are making a big difference to animals' lives.
I applied to the Cutting Edge programme because I wanted to deepen my knowledge in ECC so that I can provide the best care for my patients.
What would be your advice to someone who is thinking of becoming a vet? Firstly, you need to have a passion for medicine. It’s not enough to just love animals in this job. You have to be really interested in the medical side.
What do you like to do outside of work? I love to travel and practice my photography skills. I also enjoy running and keeping fit, and I am hoping to learn how to dive next year.
Tell me an interesting fact no one else knows about you? I used to paint a lot when I was younger and it was a big passion of mine. Before deciding to become a vet, I almost went to art school.
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 01383841181 or click here.