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Catherina Cunnane hails from a sixth-generation drystock and specialised pedigree suckler enterprise in Co. Mayo. She currently holds the positions of editor and general manager at That's Farming, having joined the firm during its start-up phase in 2015.
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Medical Poland to host virtual open day for aspiring vets

Medical Poland Admissions Office will host a webinar next week for people toying with the idea of studying veterinary medicine overseas.

The online 2023/2024 open day, which takes place at 6:30 pm GMT on February 28th, 2023, will discuss studying veterinary in Poland, in SGGW in Warsaw, WUELS in Wroclaw and UWM in Olsztyn.

In a statement to That’s Farming, a spokesperson for the Admission and Student Support Officer outlined:

“You may be aware that veterinary medicine university places are scarce.”

“Do you know people who dream of a veterinary career? We encourage them to consider going abroad like hundreds of British and Irish students. In 2022, more Irish students started a veterinary medicine course in Poland than in Ireland.”

“A special guest from the University of Warmia and Mazury will introduce a new English language programme in Olsztyn, and students from Wroclaw will share their own personal experiences.”

“We will also be inviting you to join us for a trip to Poland and visit the universities in April,” the spokesperson added.

Why study in Poland?

The spokesperson highlighted competitive tuition fees and cost of living, education quality and clinical experience – easy access to patients and international experience and friends from all over the world as some of the primary benefits of studying at the university.

Register for the open day via this link.

Studying veterinary medicine in Poland: Here from these students

That’s Farming commonly profiles students studying veterinary medicine in Poland through our regular Student Focus segment.

  • Lauren Heuston – Born in the US and does not hail from a farming background but set her sights on vet med from a tender age. She moved to Co Tipperary in 2006 with her parents, who emigrated to America in the early 1990s. She had planned to study at Ireland’s only veterinary medicine school but did not secure a place due to insufficient CAO points, which led her to consider study opportunities overseas, as recommended by a friend, and that is when her journey at SGGW, Poland, began. Read her profile.
  • Vivienne McDonagh – A Galway native from a sheep and suckler farm, also did not secure her place at UCD and applied for SGGW as her ‘plan B’. She took a gap year after her Leaving Cert as she was “not ready to take such a big step in my life so soon after my mother’s sudden death in my Leaving Cert year”. Read her story.
  • Luke Mitchell – He applied for Ireland’s only veterinary medicine college, but the points race did not favour him, so he opted for SGGW, following in his cousin’s footsteps. You can read about his journey in this article.
  • Laura Courtney – She completed a year of general science at NUIG, studying maths, physics, biology and chemistry, but felt that “the thought of working in a lab or teaching was just a big no for me”. Veterinary medicine was “screaming my name, so I spoke to my mother and proposed studying abroad”. She is now in her third year at SGGW and will graduate in 2026 as a qualified vet.
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