Magdeline Soo

Bachelor of Veterinary Science
Graduated 2008
Veterinarian

"Studying to be a veterinarian was fulfilling a childhood dream; I always have had a bond with animals growing up and I knew I wanted to be a veterinarian since I bottle-fed a lamb at a farm show in Christchurch when I was 7 years old :)

One of the main reasons I chose Massey was that it was the only AVMA-accredited vetschool in Oceania. Being AVMA-accredited opens a whole arena of opportunities as to the countries you can practice in (without further examination etc).

My study experience was flawless! I really enjoyed University life, because I was finally learning something that I was very passionate about. The University environment (and the lecturers) provided a very conducive, supportive and encouraging learning environment. I knew that what Massey could offer me would eventually give me the knowledge to help make a difference to animals and their families.

After graduating from the BVSc, I worked in busy small animal practices in Singapore, then returned to Massey University Veterinary Teaching Hospital as the Pfizer Surgical Intern in 2011.

I really enjoyed studying, so after I completed my BVSc I went on to study the Master of Veterinary Medicine at Massey while working. It was an easy choice - it has an excellent range of companion animal papers that I was interested in and that were relevant to me as a clinician in practice. Importantly, the MVM also offered flexible learning options which fitted in well with my busy clinical schedules and the MVM (and the MU Library) offered excellent distance-learning support. The MVM also helped me prepare for, and successfully complete my companion animal surgery membership examinations with the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists. Finally, pursuing the MVM at MU was another reason to come back to New Zealand!"

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