Kate Griffiths

Bachelor of Veterinary Science, Distinction (2012)
Lecturer in Pastoral Livestock Health

Coming from a farming family, I always had an interest in working dogs and livestock, so I wanted to study something related to agriculture. I came to Massey from Waikato Diocesan School for Girls and immediately hit the ground running.

Vet school was challenging but also rewarding and very social. To celebrate ‘half-way day’ our entire year group went to Taupo and spent the weekend sky-diving, white water rafting and clay bird shooting. I loved the diversity of people at Massey as there was a real mixture of personalities among both vet students and teaching staff.

The best thing about studying vet at Massey is the focus on transferable skills such as problem solving and communication. This meant we were leaving vet school with not just the clinical expertise, but with skills that were going to help us succeed in any career path we chose.

The final year was the best by far because we were able to put everything that we’d learned into practice and get real-world veterinary experience through a steady calendar of rotations and externships. I was lucky enough to gain veterinary experience in many places around New Zealand, including Hawkes Bay, Waikato, King Country, Wellington and Auckland.

After graduating with distinction I went into clinical practice in a rural New Zealand community. It was mixed practice so I was fortunate to work with both small and production animals. I am now back at Massey University completing my PhD and lecturing in production, health and medicine for sheep, beef and deer. I love teaching the next generation of veterinarians and I look forward to pursuing a career in animal health academia.

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