This month, Olivia Mozumder, an ex- pupil, came into the school to talk about her job as a veterinary nurse.  Olivia spoke to the senior students about her journey from school to where she is today.  Olivia changed some of her A levels at the end of Year 12, and worked really hard to complete one of her subjects in one year alongside her other A levels. After gaining the results that she needed for university, she went on to study veterinary nursing at Nottingham Trent University. She thoroughly enjoyed the theory and practical elements, and specialised in exotic animals.  There is a shortage of veterinary nurses, and Olivia made the decision to work as a locum in different surgeries for a few months at a time. She carries out a range of duties, from taking x-rays to being a ‘midwife’ for the animals in her care. One of her most memorable patients was a 5-foot long snake, which needed 3 veterinary nurses to sit on it and hold it still so the procedure could be carried out safely.

Olivia sent a message to all pupils at the school:

“Hethersett Old Hall School was so supportive during my time at the school. I couldn’t have got to where I am without the amazing help of all the staff who believed in me. If you have a problem or are worried, talk to the teachers, as they are there to help. Communication is so important. Initially, I struggled a lot, but because my teachers believed in me, it helped me to get where I am today; I am eternally thankful. You don’t realise how valuable your school and teachers are until you have left. The best thing is to make the most of school, regardless of whether you know what you want to do at university, and try to find yourself. Your teachers will help. I am an example of that, if things don’t go the way that you expect, take the advice of your teachers and you will get to where you want to be”.

Thank you so much for your kind words, Olivia. We were all very touched by your message, and inspired by your talk. We wish you all the best of luck for your future career, and are all very, very proud of you!