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 few hours upbeat and fun, as players subbed in and out when needed. As the Club hit the halfway mark at 2pm, fatigue started, but morale and numbers on the pitch refused to drop. The final two hours were the most energy-filled of the entire day and as the clock struck 8pm, players huddled in congratulations and euphoria to triumph at what they had achieved together.
Every club member that day worked together, united in the same cause of raising money for the chosen club charity Mind and the hockey club itself. Everybody came together found new physical and mental limits as well as new connections within the club. The RVC Animal Care Trust are matching the money raised for the club and the funds will be used to buy new protective pieces of goalie kit.
Putting on a show while studying and working is no mean feat, and this year’s director, Mary, had never directed a musical before. However, as scenes and acts came together, it was like “completing a jigsaw puzzle, everything suddenly clicking into place!” The challenge of rehearsing scenes that then turn into full acts and, finally, a fully booked show is tough, but the end result was fantastic.
So many challenges were faced and conquered: fourth-year and fifth-year performers who tried to balance rotation schedules with rehearsals; set building the week before with complex and fast scenery changes to be factored in; promotion and tickets sales on top of the gruelling rehearsal schedules to name but a few.
The cast absolutely smashed it. It was clear that they had put all that they could into rehearsing, and it shone through the performance. With heart-warming comments from the audience both nights, the whole cast and production
team deserved all the praise they got – and naturally celebrated with an after- party on closing night. The team worked valiantly to produce an amazing show and raise over £2,500 in the process, £500 of which was matched by the RVC Animal Care Trust.
The club was formed to run extra- curricular events that not only revised common topics between the veterinary and veterinary nursing curricula but also improved teamwork and increased interprofessional knowledge.
The iPEC approached the RVC Animal Care Trust with the aim of securing funding that would help to sponsor events for years to come and continue to build the interprofessional relationships that will last past university. The application
was successful, meaning that the Club has the finances to continue running events for a few years.
The Club’s most recent event took place on the 26th February when two sessions were run in the Clinical Skills Centre on the topic of bandaging and wound care. In attendance, they had 26 veterinary students and 18 veterinary nurses. Prizes on offer included plushie dogs to practice bandaging techniques.
The bandaging and wound care sessions consisted of several stations where vets and nurses were split into groups that contained at least one nurse. The stations included paw bandaging, the various dressings available, and which dressings should be used on different wounds. One scenario included a rabbit and another a chest drain to add diversity and build on the rudimental bandaging skills learned in lectures.

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