Meet Jordana Massey University’s Norbrook award for Academic Merit

Full Name: Jordana Del La Varis

Qualifications: Bachelor of Veterinary Science with Distinction

Position/Job?: Equine Internship at Matamata Veterinary Services

Jordana grew up on a small sheep and beef block, with a wide variety of pets. During high school she played representative basketball and rode horses competitively. Jordana is really looking forward to beginning her veterinary career with an equine focus.

What does winning the VetPrac Medical Plus Prize mean to you?

I am very honoured! It gives me the opportunity to further my knowledge and skills in a specific area of choice and is recognition of my hard work.  

Tell us about your experiences during your placements

I had a great time during all my placements. Everyone was extremely welcoming and helpful and I really enjoyed gaining further practical skills.

What are the challenges a vet student faces on a daily basis?

Veterinary students are faced with a large workload and are generally high-achievers. Luckily vet students have a wicked sense of humour and so this often helps when dealing with stressful situations!

What challenges do you anticipate as a new graduate and how do you hope to manage them?

I believe as a new graduate we will put a lot of pressure on ourselves to be exceptional at our jobs while still maintaining a healthy work-life balance. I feel time management will be very important in achieving this.

Do you have any exam tips you could share with vet students?

I believe time management during the exam period and prior preparation, such as keeping up to date with work throughout the year, are the most important things when preparing for exams.

How do you cope with stress?

Maintaining a good work-life balance is very important. I have a strong support network of friends and family to provide support as needed, however a good awareness of one’s needs is vital. I find horse riding a great way to wind down after a busy stressful day.