Celebrating vets who overcome disability to achieve their dream
In the United Kingdom, The Veterinary Surgeons Act 1966 requires veterinary surgeons to be able to give at least basic and emergency treatment to all common domestic species.
The RCVS sets and monitors standards of veterinary degree courses in the UK, but it is the veterinary schools that are responsible for selecting the students they admit to their courses. See Day One Skills.
If you are considering applying for a place at veterinary school and you have a disability that you think might affect what you are able to do, you are strongly encouraged to discuss this with the veterinary schools to which you intend to apply, so that they can discuss your particular requirements with you.
Dr. Erica Heim lost an arm to cancer as a veterinary student but went on to a successful career in medicine.
A veterinarian without a left arm examines and treats dogs, cats and other companion animals without difficulty. A severe congenital neuromuscular disorder doesn’t hamper a clinic owner’s daily work schedule. A student with spida bifida pursues her lifelong career dream by enrolling in veterinary school.
Disabled veterinarians may not be common, but more than a few have busy, productive practices. Dr. Roger Clemmons, an associate professor of neurology and neurosurgery at the University of Florida’s College of Veterinary Medicine, discovered this recently after one of his students had a stroke.