Louise Anderson - University Lecturer in Veterinary Clinical Skills and Primary Care - University of Glasgow

Issued: Tue, 18 Aug 2020 00:00:00 BST

Tell us a fun fact about yourself

One of my favourite hobbies is aerial yoga where I get to swing about in a hammock upside down like a bat!

Tell us about your career journey so far

I was a small animal vet for a long time but then I got interested in education and started my job at the Vet School teaching young adults the practical skills they will need as a qualified vet.

What was your favourite subject in school and why?

I loved Biology because I was really interested in animals and plants and how life happens. I still am- still fascinated by this amazing planet and all the life on it.

What subjects/qualifications are useful for your role?

I had to study all the sciences for Vet School but I also did English and French because a huge part of what we do is communicating with people such pet owners, farmers and colleagues.

What is a normal day in your role like?

As a vet in practice, every day is different and as animals are often unpredictable, you have to expect the unexpected and be prepared for anything. As a teacher, my role is still very varied but just as unpredictable as we work with live animals quite a lot, and no two days are the same.

What is your favourite thing about your job?

I love teaching and I love seeing young people develop into qualified skilled professionals. I also get to take my dog to work which is great fun, and the students love her too!

Can you suggest an activity that could be done at home that illustrates an aspect of your work? 

We have to learn about all types of species including insects, and smaller creatures like worms and mites, so a good resources here are the STEM insect resources, such as:

 https://www.stem.org.uk/resources/elibrary/resource/31957/minibeasts-activity-book

It’s really important to understand food chains and the inter-connected nature of food production and our environment. We need to respect all elements of the natural world, and be aware of global issues such as climate change and human and animal health.

On school visits, I have live stick insects which school students can handle and befriend (they are very friendly and completely harmless), and they’re usually a big hit with everyone!

 


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