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Easter Break

Easter Break

Hi everyone! I am Shirley and I am in my third year of studies. In this blog, I want to share about what happens during the Easter Break.

It is currently our Easter break, which is about 4 weeks long. It is a great time to:
1. Return home
2. Visit cities or countries nearby and learn about different cultures when there is no pandemic.
3. Go on Extra Mural Studies (EMS). Although such placements can be tiring, but they are very fulfilling and rewarding.
– Husbandry EMS are for first- and second-year students. These placements allowed me to gain more experience with animals, be more comfortable with animals I have less experience with, and learn how to handle different species of animals safely. As the Easter break falls within the lambing period, 2 weeks of lambing is a popular EMS choice during the Easter break.
– Clinical EMS are for students in their clinical years. Students can choose their own desired fields to work in and clinics to work at. Some people are interested in farm-animal practice, equine practice, small-animal practice, or mixed practice. These placements allow you to gain more practical experience in different clinical techniques and learn more about different clinical aspects from normal consultation to surgeries.

4. Go through lectures and make notes for future reference, such as when preparing for exams. Exams are normally around end of May, depending on the year of study.

Personally, I am taking a break and focusing on my study (watching lectures and making notes) during this Easter break. I hope this blog gives you an insight of what normally goes on during Easter break. I wish safe travels to everyone travelling back home or returning to the University after the Easter break. I also hope that everyone will enjoy their EMS placements and will be able to learn a lot from them. To those taking a break or focusing on studies, I hope you are enjoying yourself and staying safe.


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