The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies
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Ada Loi: Hong Kong – Class of 2006

Small Animal Vet

Ada Loi
Ada Loi

I always knew I wanted to be a vet deep down, but at some point in my life I was persuaded to pursue a career in finance. After graduating in Finance and working within the sector for some years, I realised I needed to pursue my passion of veterinary medicine.

Initially, I was quite worried about going back to school, as a mature student after so many years. As I started to research into my options, I came across The University of Edinburgh and found it offers the best veterinary training in the UK and is one of the best universities in the world. Being from Hong Kong, I also wanted to gain a degree that was fully accredited and allowed me to practice both in Hong Kong and North America.

I found that there were students from all over the world and all ages on the degree, and very quickly discovered that there were 20 other mature students like me in my class. Having a support group helped me a lot in terms of easing into the programme. The school’s support staff make a real effort in ensuring all students are well integrated and have a point of contact if there are any issues.

I liked that the degree was fully comprehensive and yet fun. It’s a challenging curriculum in the sense that it encouraged me to use the knowledge that I learnt and apply it constantly, so by the time I graduated, I felt ready. I felt my five years at Edinburgh prepared me for the world of work. My knowledge on a variety of species and extensive experience, gave me the confidence to hit the ground running, thus making the transition from school to work an easy one.

My EMS work placements provided a fun and interesting mix of both UK and overseas experiences. I had the chance to see practice in the UK, Hong Kong, Canada and East Africa – these experiences helped me understand the differences in veterinary practices across different countries and culture. My EMS placements are full of fond memories from working with the Serengeti Reserve Wild Life Vet and lambing at Aberdeenshire to final-year rotations and surviving ICU rotations with friends. My EMS experiences gave me a real idea of where I would like to practice after graduation. EMS work placements are a unique and invaluable core component of British Veterinary Medical degrees. My overseas EMS placements helped me decide, which area of specialty I should invest my time in going forward.

There’s not a lack of opportunities to study hard and play hard at The University of Edinburgh and it’s important to keep a healthy balance of social interests and friends outside of vet school. The vibrant city always offers a friendly escapism making it easy to find entertaining options. I was lucky enough to live out my dream and passion of veterinary medicine at The University of Edinburgh. My advice to anyone with a passion to study veterinary medicine is – take that leap, live your dream and pick Edinburgh, you will not regret it.

My EMS placements are full of fond memories from working with the Serengeti Reserve Wild Life Vet and lambing at Aberdeenshire to final-year rotations and surviving ICU rotations with friends.