Hi there! So Glad You're Here.

I'm Lauren!

 

I created this blog as I complete my MSc in Livestock Health and Production, to document the subjects I cover and explain them simply!

 

I am so fascinated with animal health, behaviour, nutrition and welfare and I really enjoy studying and keeping up to date on what is happening in the animal industry.

 

By blogging, I am not only refreshing the information in my own head, but I also hope that if you are on your own journey in studying animals, or you are a farmer or pet owner, my posts might be of some help to you too.

 

I aim to break everything down into concise and easy chunks as I find it easier to learn that way. Through each post, I will define terms or I will have hyperlinked the terms which will either take you to a definition of it or a relevant and reliable article for your further reading around the topic.

 

I do my best to link the most recent scientific articles, in case you are planning on using some ideas in your own work, at least I will have found related articles and references to help you out! I used to hate reading about something and then have to spend aaaagggess on Science Direct digging for snippets about the topic to reference it. So hopefully, I will have done a lot of the legwork for you in this regard!

 

I'm really into exploring rural Ireland and Irish travel too. Every week from May, I will hopefully feature a rural or small business, so if you know any give me a shout! All suggestions are welcome!

My Background (It's a bit all over the place!)

I spent six years flying as cabin crew with Aer Lingus and love to travel!

During these 6 years, I studied Equine Science part-time and later rook unpaid leave which allowed me to go to Idaho, USA to study Equine Dentistry and apprentice in Tipperary for one year as an Equine Dentist. To safely carry out procedures, sedation was required. As more regulations came into play from Veterinary Ireland, I realised it was too risky to continue paying for tuition and equipment to start out on my own, so my attention turned to veterinary.

In 2011, I decided to go back to full-time education to start my journey to becoming a vet. I completed my BSc (Hons) in Bioveterinary Science (UWE, England). During holidays from uni, I lived in Limerick and gained the 20 weeks of veterinary work experience required to apply to a veterinary postgrad in UCD. Though I had intended on doing GAMSAT and paying 20 grand a year in UCD, when it came to it, I didn't feel comfortable having an 80 grand loan when I qualified so I opted to go to vet school in Kosice, Slovakia. I left Kosice into the second semester of first-year because I felt it was a shambles - which is a story for another day.

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I returned home to assess my options and fell into jobs working in veterinary pharmaceuticals, science editing & sales. I then graduated with PGDip Journalism, PgDip Digital Marketing, PgDip Photography, Jack Canfield Train the Trainer Certificate. I am currently finishing an MSc in Livestock Health and Production (Royal Veterinary College) which is what you'll see a lot of on here.

So that's me!

I hope you'll find some useful nuggets here...

Feel free to drop me a line and say hi! 

 

Thanks for stopping by!

L

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