Veterinary nursing students from Northern Ireland have just returned from a study tour to Slovenia.

Ten students on the City and Guilds Level 3 Diploma in Veterinary Nursing and Level 2 Certificate for Animal Nursing Assistant courses at the College of Agriculture, Food and Rural Enterprise (CAFRE) went on the work experience visit to Ljubljana to gain experience of other European veterinary practices. 

The trip was funded by Leonardo Mobility, part of the European Union’s Lifelong Learning Programme that supports UK vocational education and training organisations, staff and students in working with their with European counterparts to improve training, skills and employability.

The students were accompanied by staff Kenneth Johnston, Louise Patterson, Anastasia Georgaki and Rosie McColgan, who all work at CAFRE’s Greenmount Campus near Antrim.

During the visit, the group gained experience at equine and small animal practices and an animal sanctuary, and also spent two days working at Ljubljana zoo.

Level 3 veterinary nursing student Louise Reid said: “Slovenia was absolutely stunning and the people were very friendly. 

“I really enjoyed my time there and found the veterinary practices to be significantly different from home. I particularly enjoyed the opportunity to work in an equine veterinary practice”.  

The trip was not all about work and students enjoyed visits to Venice, Lake Bled, underground caves, the coastal area, as well as to a chocolate festival.   

CAFRE says the visit was a great success and there are now plans to set up an exchange programme for Slovenian students to visit Northern Ireland.

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