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Finally an update…

Spike's World




It’s been a month and I’m ashamed to say this is my first update from University of Veterinary Medicine and Pharmacy in Košice, Slovakia.  The past four weeks have been an emotional whirlwind of new languages to learn and new subjects to get to grips with.

While our courses are taught in English, much of the veterinary terminology is delivered in Latin – having only used Latin to describe species, learning the intricacies of Latin grammar has certainly got the old grey matter working, but I can see how essential this terminology is for medical terminology to cross borders and languages.


It pays to know you noses – learning the anatomical differences between species is key to understand anatomy.

It is well known that veterinary medicine is an extremely hard degree and if I’m honest, I hadn’t imagined it would involve the level of work we have already had.  Studying in Slovakia is certainly different from a standard degree in the UK. For a start, there is no room for failure.  In the UK it is possible to fail a certain number of credits annually and still graduate – in Slovakia, all credits need to be passed to undertake exams and to progress to the following year.   As you can imagine, this pressure is very motivating – fail and the veterinary dream is over.


  Bones of all shapes and sizes can be studied in the university museum


There are some live animals on campus for some much needed horse therapy if time allows.

I will do my best to keep the updates coming, particularly with some of the exciting modules I have in store next semester. For the time being, it’s time to dive head first into more anatomy revision.