Emily Bertin

Emily Bertin

Emily started the Vet Med course in 2017 at Fitz; the college helped her to see another side to Cambridge that she wanted to be part of.

Cambridge always seemed to me to be a place full of a certain sort of very affluent, slightly pretentious group of people who were a bit above it all. I was also told by many people when I was applying to various vet schools that the Cambridge vet school was extremely academic and not very practical. As someone who spent most of my weekends from the age of 14 working at an urban farm and a stables, and who wanted to become a wildlife vet, I nearly didn't apply to Cambridge at all because my initial impression of it was not for me. I also really objected to the pressures placed on me by my sixth form that anyone who could absolutely must go to Oxbridge. 

After visiting Fitz and the vet school, I realised that what I'd been told about Cambridge was a misrepresentation. Pretentiousness does exist in Cambridge, but it certainly does not have a home at Fitz, and the vet course turned out to be far more practical than I could have hoped for, with an excellent emphasis on exotics in second year.

Angie Tavernor, the preclinical veterinary medicine Director of Studies at Fitz (and supervisor for various parts of veterinary anatomy over the first two years) changed my whole opinion of Cambridge university and its vet course within one conversation at an Open Day. She epitomised how warm, welcoming and down to earth Fitz (and the vet course) is and inspired me to consider applying to and attending Cambridge Vet School. In addition, Fitz travel awards helped towards the cost of travelling to South Africa in December 2018 to complete an EMS placement at a wildlife rehab centre - a hands on experience which has made a valuable contribution to my hopes for a career in wildlife veterinary medicine.