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Training Resident David Barker Q&A – #ProudtobeParagon

16 June 2020

Did
you know? We’re not just about providing the best care for your animals – we
also provide outstanding training for our vets.

Today’s #ProudtobeParagon blog looks at our role as a training centre for veterinary specialists, which we’re approved to do by the European College of Veterinary Surgeons (ECVS).

Specialists
in training are called residents and our first resident, small animal surgeon David
Barker, finishes his training at the end of this month. He will then be able to
sit his board exams with the aim of becoming a veterinary specialist.

We
caught up with David for a Q&A on his training programme…

What have you learned as part of your training?

I have learned a great deal, not only about surgical diseases. Working within a multi-disciplinary hospital exposes you to many unusual and obscure pathologies that you might never see in general practice. As a surgeon, I have increased my knowledge of surgical disease and my skill in managing those cases in theatre.

You have trained with our soft tissue specialist Mickey Tivers. What has that been like?

Working
alongside Mickey and the rest of the surgery team is great. It’s very nice to
work in a supportive environment whilst also being challenged to think outside
of the box, and to think of every facet of a case.

The
whole experience has been a bit of a rollercoaster – there are good days and
bad, like every veterinary job. Thankfully the good far outweigh the bad! As my
official training is drawing to an end, I am now looking forward to the exam.

What has your experience of training at Paragon been like?

Doing
my training at Paragon has been very good. We are lucky to have a large array
of equipment and technology that assist in the diagnosis and surgical
management of our patients.

David Barker
David Barker