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Going abroad to study AND intern

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Posted on April 30, 2014 by Abbie Branchflower '14.

Courtesy: Stacia Creed '14 Abbie Branchflower '14

Some of you may know me as “that random girl whose blog we got emails about last spring semester.” Or, maybe you don’t really remember that, but you vaguely recognize my name. I wrote my blog about my experience with the Hartpury College Exchange Program.

I first learned about the Hartpury Exchange in my junior year of high school. When it came time to send in my college applications, the opportunity to attend Hartpury for a semester was a major selling point of DelVal. While I attended Hartpury as an Equine Science exchange student, the program is opening up for other majors in the Animal Science department.

If you are even remotely interested in studying abroad I would highly encourage you to apply for this program. Hartpury has beautiful facilities and classes that gel well with our programs at DelVal. In addition, they have incredible opportunities available for students. For example, I interned at their Equine Therapy Centre and was able to observe therapies ranging from the Aqua Treadmill to ultrasound treatments. Hartpury also has a wide range of other animal programs, including a Canine Therapy Centre, small animal facilities and housing for a variety of exotic species.

I should also mention that Hartpury is only a bus ride away from Gloucester which features the Gloucester Cathedral (a filming location for the Harry Potter films!) and has a train station which can take you to London, Cardiff and various other locations around the U.K.

The semester truly flew by and if I had the chance to go back I certainly would!

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I highly recommend living in another country for an extended period of time because you will learn other ways to do things.  These “other ways” may be something we should be doing here in the US.  There is a tendency to do things just because that’s the way it has always been done—living in another country will get you thinking different.

Posted by Dr. Doug Linde on April 30, 2014.

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