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Career, Motivation and Wine

One university, three nations, and five colourful career paths. Finnish, German, and Norwegian veterinarians spoke about shaping their professional journeys at the Career Day held at the University of Veterinary Medicine Budapest.

What they have in common is that they all studied in Budapest – at different times. Among them, you can find official veterinarians, veterinarians in private practice, and university lecturers as well. One teaches at the University of Dublin and is among the European specialists in giraffe anaesthesia. Before starting her veterinary studies in Budapest, she worked in the kitchens of Michelin-starred chefs and even sold cotton candy for a living. Her Belgian colleague also teaches anaesthesia at the University of Liege, has authored more than 100 scientific publications, and is an amateur equestrian (military) in her free time.

A former classmate from Budapest continued her education in the United States, then returned to Finland to specialize in horse breeding and training trotting horses. Another Scandinavian “alumnus” served as a commissioned veterinary officer in the Norwegian army, worked at a clinic specializing in the treatment of exotic animals, and at the Helsinki Zoo while also being successful as a program developer.

The youngest speaker graduated in Budapest in 2019. She stayed on the banks of the Danube but is preparing for the exams to be an official state veterinarian in Baden-Württemberg, Germany. The sommelier took over the conversation from them in the second half of the evening, which continued in English and was no longer about veterinary careers, but about wine. The Career Day was organized by Dr. Tibor Bartha, Vice-Rector for International Relations, and Dr. Míra Mándoki, Head of the Pathology Department, with the help of the Secretariat for International Study-Programs.



Photos: Dr. Tibor Bartha and Dr. Míra Mándoki