Aspiring young vets from across Largs Academy enjoyed their first steps towards a veterinary career last week as they took part in this year’s Vets-a-go-go scheme.

Senior pupils from secondaries around North Ayrshire enjoyed a week-long programme of activities, including trips to Hessilhead Wildlife Rescue Centre near Beith and Clyde Vet Group in Lanark, where they heard from a variety of specialist vets and vet nurses during a tour of a working equine hospital, as well as visiting a small animal hospital and a dairy farm at milking time.

The pupils also visited Vets4Pets in Irvine and the Dawn Meats abattoir in Stevenston, where they learned about the role of vets in ensuring animals are fit for human consumption as well as animal welfare at the facility. In addition, the pupils heard from an interesting speaker from the SSPCA.

Developed by North Ayrshire Council's Education Services team as part of the Developing the Young Workforce initiative – with input from the University of Glasgow’s REACH programme – Vets-a-go-go provides senior pupils with both a taste of the variety of careers within the world of veterinary medicine and the practical experience required for the university application procedure.

The pupils delivered a final presentation at Cunninghame House in Irvine on Friday, highlighting what they had learned and how the experience would help to shape their UCAS personal statements. Their efforts impressed the panel, which included representatives from Glasgow University’s School of Veterinary Medicine.

Councillor John Bell, Cabinet Member for Education, said: “Having some veterinary experience is important when applying for university courses, but securing that experience can be extremely difficult.

“The Vets-a-go-go scheme not only provides this practical support, but also gives the pupils a real taste of the types of activities that they could expect to be undertaking once they graduate.

“We’d like to wish all of this year’s participants all the very best with their university applications and future studies.”