Former Student Profile - Katie Bromley, Class of 2014

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Katie Bromley, fully qualified registered Veterinary Nurse

What years did you attend WHS?
2012-2014

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!



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