The following guidelines have been drawn up to help you understand the practice expectations of code, dress and behaviour during the time you spend with us; we are sure you will find your time with us enjoyable and informative.
You may feel that the guidelines are a little formidable, but they are drawn up not only to ensure your safety and wellbeing, but that of our clients, animals and staff.
Whilst you are on the premises you will be in the public eye and therefore judged to be part of the Nantwich Team. We, therefore, expect you to adopt a sensible, mature attitude. For most of your time you will be observing the vets and working alongside them; you may be asked to assist with other duties too.
You must not handle animals and equipment unless asked to do so and supervised by a member of staff, although the vets will endeavour to allow you to be as involved as possible.
Your mobile phone should not be present whilst you are on the farm. It may be left in the vets vehicle, at your own risk.
Confidentiality; please remember that all that you see and hear on farms or in the office must be treated in confidence.
Farmers and owners will usually perceive you to be very knowledgeable, or even qualified - they will often therefore ask you questions about procedures, treatments etc. Try to avoid making categorical statements, especially when the vet is not with you (e.g. has returned to his/her car to collect some drugs), but by all means discuss the case in general terms. Refer any specific queries back to the vet.
- Our working hours are 8am-6pm, Monday-Friday. Occasionally you may have to stay out with a vet beyond 6pm if they are still on a visit.
- Vets usually travel to out-of-hours emergencies straight from home. If you would like to see some practice out-of-hours please ask one of the vets and we will endeavour to help you but please be aware that this may not always be possible especially if you are staying some distance from the practice.
- Please bring a packed lunch with you every day. Vets are often on visits all day without coming back into the practice or stopping for lunch so please make sure you have your lunch with you when you leave the practice.
- On your first day please arrive at 8am and report to the farm reception which is through the main entrance and up the stairs. On subsequent days please try to organise which vet you would like to go out with on the following day. Some farms are more suitable for students than others and often vets do not come into the practice first thing unless requested to do so. The vets and support team are always willing to help you arrange this.
- Please park your car on the right hand side of the carpark at close to the main gate as possible.
- All clothing should be smart and practical. Avoid bright colours and slogans.
- No jeans, tracksuit bottoms or trainers.
- Remember you will need lots of fleece layers in winter and a plain woolly hat.
- When dressing for the day, please consider if you are able to carry out a full clinical exam of a cow , including rectal exams. Long sleeve coats often make this difficult.
- Please bring a waterproof parlour top (ideally 2), waterproof trousers and wellington boots. All should be spotless and easy to clean and disinfect after a farm visit
- We expect you to be clean, neat and tidy at all times with no excessive make-up, no jewellery other than stud earrings and a single band ring, and long hair must be tied back.
- Please advise us of any health issues we should know about to ensure your safety.
Other top tips
- Vets will not expect you to find all the structures on a reproductive exam, especially if this is your first farm placement but do aim to have an understanding of what they are doing during a routine fertility visit. Read up on bovine reproductive anatomy and reproductive cycle prior to your visit.
- If you have a stethoscope, thermometer and lots of enthusiasm - the vet will be impressed!
COVID Guidance - As of 28/2/22 we are not requiring any addition COVID measures, but please read these so you are aware of what may be required if the situation changes
- If you are experiencing any COVID symptoms please inform the practice, do not come into the practice, or go on farm until you have had a negative PCR result. This also applies if you are currently awaiting a PCR result.
- Only students that are double vaccinated will be able to see EMS with Nantwich Farm Vets at this time.
- We request that you carry out lateral flow tests immediately before your visit and twice a week (Sunday night and Wednesday before you come in) while on placement with us. Please inform us immediately if you have a positive result, do not come into the practice and seek a PCR test.
- Students will be required to travel to farms in their own vehicle, please ensure that your vehicle is suitably insured for this. Please have a fully charged mobile phone and in car charger with you. Please write your number on the student white board so you can be contacted. A Sat Nav or similar will be very useful in finding farms. The radio room team will be able to provide you with an address including post code plus map reference and directions if necessary. They can be contacted on 01270 610349.
- When on farm we will expect students to wear a mask at all times, please ensure you have spare available.
- Please be aware of social distancing on farm, there are many farms with clinical vulnerable staff or family. Please check with the vet before getting within 2m of them or the on farm team. Unfortunately, this may result in limited learning opportunities on some farms.
- When in the practice please observe social distancing at all times and wear a mask when moving around the office. You will be shown the student area when you first arrive in the practice. Please do not go into the radio room, dispensary or walk around the vet office unless absolutely necessary. If this is required, please keep this visit as brief as possible. Students may use the kitchen facilities if social distancing can be observed but please return to student area to eat or drink.