Emma Cuttance

Bachelor of Veterinary Science (2008)

Studying at Massey was the best time of my life. I met life long friends, worked with amazing people and student life was so much fun.

Like most people I wanted to be a vet because of my love for animals. The number of years I had to study to become a vet was never an issue as I came straight from school and didn’t know anything other than studying.

The vet programme is definitely challenging but the work life is equally complemented by the fun social curriculum – which is tradition for vet students. The skills that you take away from such a challenging degree such as time management, focus and dedication are invaluable.

I tried to get as much work experience as possible – I spent one summer on a dairy farm in Taranaki, one on a sheep and beef farm in Fairlie, one on a goat farm in Morrinsville and another on a dairy farm in Hamilton.

I had a job sorted by Easter in my final year at Veterinary Enterprises as a clinical veterinarian and I have worked there for 6 years. I’m also the dairy team leader for the North Island clinics.

Massey taught me to work hard, communicate well and look for opportunities. The degree is for animals but it is people orientated job and you need to work just as hard at these skills as you do the technical skills.