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Massey vets getting down to business

By Adam Pearse

Vet students are realising good grades and a head full of knowledge aren’t the most important things with the creation of a new club that looks to improve their employability.

Co-founder of The Student Veterinary Business Society, Billy Fitzgerald, says the club aims to increase vet student’s business and management abilities.

“It’s a student organised group that aims to build upon the currently very limited teaching in the area of business and management that we receive as part of the BVSc degree.”

Fitzgerald says the club looks to target five key concepts that he thinks will help vet students when they enter the industry.

“The group operates around five key cornerstones: development of professional skills, networking, mentorship and community, innovation and business competency.

“Students often graduate without realising the importance of the limited business teaching that we receive already, but then it is too late. This club is designed to bring a real-life aspect to the teaching that students are able to receive.”

The club has run two functions so far and the turnout has been good with over 70 people attending both sessions. Fitzgerald is happy with the result and says it’s great for the club moving forward.

“We are ecstatic with the turnouts to our events, and take them as proof that we have found a niche that is currently not filled within the veterinary course.

“We hope that this enthusiasm is maintained, as we have big plans for services that this group will be able to provide in the future.”

To learn more about the Student Veterinary Business Society, go to their Facebook page; www.facebook.com/svbsoc.

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