Frances

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Frances, BVSc 3 2018-2019 at the University of Bristol.

Why did you choose to intercalate?

For me, intercalation wasn’t something that I was intending on doing. When everyone else was applying, I hadn’t even considered doing it. In the end, someone in my year at university told about the course they were intercalating in and that’s what sparked my interest. As I thought more into the concept of intercalating and looked into the different courses, I realised this wasn’t an opportunity that I wanted to miss.

What are you intercalating into?

I have chosen to stay in Bristol and intercalate in Functional and Clinical Anatomy. I chose to stay in Bristol, as this was the course that I was told about and was one I was definitely interested in. Anatomy has always been something I am interested in, even before university, when I did work experience at an orthopaedic practice. Even though this course is human anatomy, I feel that the extra information will help me explain to clients what is going on with their dogs and will be a useful degree to have.

How did you find the application process?

When I applied for intercalation, the application process had been finished for 2 months. As soon as I realised, I wanted to intercalate, I went and spoke to Mick Bailey; who’s in charge of Bristol intercalators; to see if it was possible for me to join the course. He gave me information about intercalation, spoke to me about my reasons for wanting to do it and got in touch with the course coordinator to see if there was a place available for me. I then went to speak to them to get more information on the course and speak to them about the application process. After talking to them, this confirmed for me that I definitely wanted to do the course and helped me realise the extent of the course I was going on to. After accepting this, I was given the normal form to fill out, but was also asked to write a paragraph to give a reason for my late application. For me, this was a hard form to fill out, as it’s hard to explain clearly the reason I wanted to intercalate while trying not to repeat myself. After this, all I had to do was await an email to tell me if I was accepted or not, which came about 3 weeks after my application was submitted.

What are you looking forward to most about intercalation?

When I applied for intercalation, the application process had been finished for 2 months. As soon as I realised, I wanted to intercalate, I went and spoke to Mick Bailey; who’s in charge of Bristol intercalators; to see if it was possible for me to join the course. He gave me information about intercalation, spoke to me about my reasons for wanting to do it and got in touch with the course coordinator to see if there was a place available for me. I then went to speak to them to get more information on the course and speak to them about the application process. After talking to them, this confirmed for me that I definitely wanted to do the course and helped me realise the extent of the course I was going on to. After accepting this, I was given the normal form to fill out, but was also asked to write a paragraph to give a reason for my late application. For me, this was a hard form to fill out, as it’s hard to explain clearly the reason I wanted to intercalate while trying not to repeat myself. After this, all I had to do was await an email to tell me if I was accepted or not, which came about 3 weeks after my application was submitted.

What are your plans for the future?

My plans for the future change each year with the vet course. I have always been interested in veterinary orthopaedics and after my 3rd year of university, are now interested in cardiology too. I hope that doing this course will give me the extra knowledge I require to decide what I may want to specialise in. But I also want to keep all options open, so that I have the chance to change my mind over the next 3 years if I wish to.