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Sam Tennent

Sam Tennent Vet Tech graduate with her horse Bachelor of Veterinary Technology (2011)
Farm Solutions Manager (LIC)

The Bachelor of Veterinary Technology provided the perfect combination of veterinary science knowledge, clinical experience, and management preparation that I needed.

I always wanted a career working with animals, however when I fell pregnant in year 13 I had to weigh up my options. I went along to Massey Open Day and was thrilled to discover a degree within the veterinary industry that could be used outside of a clinical setting and didn’t involve committing to five years full time study.

Massey was the perfect choice for me because it is the only university in New Zealand that offers this type of degree. Plus it was close to home so I could enjoy the support of my family while studying and raising my son.

My years at Massey were some of the best in my life – the people I met, the friends I made and the experiences I had were invaluable. In my final year I chose to specialise in ‘Production Animals’ as my passion lay in farming.

I’m now working at LIC, where I work with farmers to help them improve livestock performance and farm productivity. In 2015 I was awarded the top Farm Solutions Manager in the lower North Island, as well as the National Award for individual performance. The skills I gained during my time at Massey really gave me a step up in my career. The agriculture papers I completed during my degree help me understand what farmers are facing on a daily basis, and my animal science knowledge means I can provide solutions to my clients that are educated and sustainable.