2) MUM – she always seems to know people and if she doesn’t, her friends usually do. Having a chat with friends and family is always a solid plan to track down a placement, and as the placement provider knows you through someone, you have something to talk about!
3) OTHER PLACEMENTS – I’ve got a lot of placements by asking the lovely people who take me on if they have any friends in other industries. Lots of farmers know their neighbours and might put in a good word for you or pass on a number.
4) OTHER STUDENTS – If you know someone else who wants to go to vet school or agricultural college (etc.) who had a wonderful time lambing, tip them off about your wonderful dairy placement and do a trade.
1) Don't be shy! It can be scary talking to people on the phone but it is something that has to be done to arrange work experience. It often gets placements organised a lot quicker than via email, and lets you show off how friendly you are! If you are nervous or think you will forget what you want to say and the dates you are available, write things down on a piece of paper beforehand. This is usually your best option for farm placements - some farmer's aren't computely computer savvy!
2) Send an email detailing who you are and that you want to study veterinary medicine. You can then add a section about why you specifically want to volunteer at their establishment at the start or end so it is more personal to them (they will be more likely to reply if they think you chose them specifically rather than sending an email to hundreds of places) but some establishments can take a while to reply.
3) If you don't get a response, it's acceptable to send a follow up email. Wait 1-2 weeks before sending another email or calling the establishment. You can pop in if it's close enough too which makes you look really enthusiastic!
4) Sometimes you just have to accept that somewhere either doesn’t take work experience students or that they simply don’t like the sound of you (I was told that as a girl I ‘wouldn’t be of any use’ on a farm!). Saying this though, I had somewhere that didn’t reply to emails, kept palming me off to people on the phone, yet when I then actually went in and asked them face to face and explained I didn’t want to get paid and would just be there to help out and watch then they were perfectly happy for me to come and booked me in then and there!
Remember to have fun with your placements and just try to absorb everything you see like a giant intelligent sponge. If you don’t understand something at the time, write it down and get on the google when you get home, ask lots of questions (but try not to be annoying) and always be really grateful for the opportunity that you have been given (whether that be by cake or a verbal thanks).
Attached is a pdf of what you could write to a placement to ask about work experience. It's useful to add personal touches e.g. "my dogs have always come to your practice" or "I was recommended to you by X".