Former Student Profile - Katie Bromley, Class of 2014
Katie Bromley, fully qualified registered Veterinary Nurse
What years did you attend WHS?
Do you have any fond memories you’d like to share?
At the risk of sounding rather clichéd, my fondest memories were the times I spent with my friends loitering outside Tesco Express or heading over to the Sports Centre Café for curly fries at lunch time (mostly food-related memories, of course). A small group of us meet every month or two to go out for a meal or stay in for a film night and catch up (again with the food related activities).
What did you do after school?
As I was unsure if I wanted to go into nursing (veterinary or paediatric) or teaching, I got a part time job in Wycombe Swan Theatre as a hospitality assistant to fit around my other job as a swimming instructor. After this I became a receptionist for the gym and spa of Crowne Plaza Gerrards Cross where I built up skills as an unofficial PA to my manager and gained a lot of confidence in speaking to different people (previously shy/quiet, I barely ever shut up now!)…plus the occasional manicure in the spa never hurt!
One evening after getting home from my receptionist job, I was watching ‘The Supervet’ when it clicked that I still wanted to be involved in the care of animals, so I started reaching out to the local practices enquiring into an apprenticeship-style approach to the field. Temple End Vets offered me a job as a trainee nurse in May 2016 and sent me to the College of Animal Welfare to earn my diploma (attending one day a week for two years for lectures, and working at my Practice the other four days). I’ve been working here for three and a half years now, fully qualified, and looking into expanding my skills by completing extra training and certificates in the fields that interest me.
What are you up to now?
I have recently completed the purchase of my own flat in High Wycombe, so I am kept busy every evening with the renovations. I have adopted two cats who came to the practice as strays who now live a very pampered, gluttonous life in my family home, while another cat is waiting with a fosterer for me to officially move in to my flat so she can come and keep me company there. I am looking into doing a certificate in Emergency and Critical Care as it is an aspect of my job that I really enjoy, as well as acting as a Clinical Coach to one of the student nurses in the Practice.
What do you know now that you didn’t in Year 13?
It’s okay not to have a solid idea about where you want your life to take you. I was still flitting between three different vocations when I left WHS, and I cannot stress how glad I am that I took the time to learn new skills and gain confidence and experience doing different job roles before realising that Veterinary Nursing is what I wanted to do. Now I own a property at the age of 23, and I’m in a career that I love, where every day is different to the one previous, and can’t wait to see what's next in store for me!