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Making a List, Checking it Twice

Making a List, Checking it Twice

Flowers are blooming everywhere you turn in Edinburgh which means that Spring is here!

School is out for the next four weeks and vet students are dispersing around the world. A lot of us will be on Extra Mural Studies (EMS) placements during this break. I am excited to be working at Hessilhead Wildlife Rescue before heading out with friends for two weeks of lambing in Wales. Of all things EMS related, I have found that one of the most daunting things to do is pack! Here is a taste of what packing for three weeks of EMS looks like:

Work apparel! 

Spring in Edinburgh

  • Personal Protective Equipment
    • Wellies
    • Waterproofs —  parlor top and pants
    • Boiler suit (layers!)
    • Boot bag
    • Nitrile gloves, short and long
  • Warm socks
  • Comfortable jeans
  • Thermals (layers!)
  • Comfortable sweatshirt
  • Handwarmers
  • Waterproof hat

Non-work apparel!

  • All of the sweatpants
  • Normal jeans
  • Trainers
  • Sweaters
  • Light t-shirts
  • Pajamas


  • EMS Forms
    • Reports (free choice and lambing)
    • Certificate of Attendance x 2
  • Packet for lambing health research project
    • R(D)SVS is partnering with the University of Liverpool and University of Nottingham on a research project investigating diseases and mortality in neonatal lambs. Students have volunteered to collect data for this project while on lambing placements (with permission of the farmers).
  • Animal Life notebook and colored pencils
  • Download notes before leaving Edinburgh
  • Laptop

Living supplies!

  • Sleeping bag
  • Towels
  • Laundry supplies
  • Hygiene things
  • Contacts, glasses
  • Snacks


  • Train tickets + travel documents
  • Headphones
  • First Aid kit
  • Camera + film
  • Dissection kit
  • Journal
  • Read-for-fun book (small)
  • Jump rope (Because cardio is important, but the will to run will probably be low!)
  • Chargers


  • A positive attitude/excitement
  • Curiosity
  • Graciousness
  • Sense of humor
  • Picture of your dog

I hope things are springing into place wherever you are! Enjoy all the days!

– L


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