Posted: 21st April 2022

OA Georgie Shirley (née Varley) joined Leweston in Prep 3, leaving in 2009 to study Veterinary Medicine and Science at the University of Nottingham. After qualifying, Georgie specialised in equine practice, completing a one-year internship programme with the University of Nottingham PGcert in Equine Veterinary practice. Georgie then started working back in Dorset for Gibbs Marsh Equine in 2016 where she is today. 

Q&A | What advice does this OA have for current Leweston pupils? 

Tell us about your job, and day to day role? 

I am an ambulatory first opinion equine veterinary surgeon. This involves driving around Dorset caring for a wide variety of horses from competition horses and hunters to cherished fluffy ponies. I work with a wonderful all female team at Gibbs Marsh Equine.  

What do you enjoy most about your job? 

I love the variety of cases I see and being part of peoples’ journeys with their horses and helping with their management and care. Every day is different with a different challenge or problem to solve. Being part of a great team is such a privilege – looking forward to going to work and working with the people you work with is so important. 

 How valuable is work experience in career development? 

Absolutely essential, not only for a university application but it really gives you the opportunity to explore all aspects of veterinary medicine across the species and working in the industries we deal with on a day to day basis to see if it is a career for you.  

Any top tips for students who are just embarking on their careers?

Do what you love and love what you do even if you have to work super hard for it. Don’t close any doors and always keep an open mind.

 How did your time at Leweston impact on your career? 

Leweston were so supportive as when I arrived in Prep 3,  I naively announced I wanted to be a vet….so the pressure was on from an early age! Leweston provided all the opportunities I needed to reach my chosen career so all I had to do was take them and use them to the best of my ability.  

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