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Deciding to go was probably one of the best decisions I’ve ever made!

By Sana Rehman

I'm a first-year vet student at Massey University in New Zealand. I was born in India, but moved here. Ever since I could think, I'd always wanted to help animals in any way that I could, and I realised that becoming a vet would help me do that. My dream career would be something to do with the fields of behaviour and/or conservation.

Note: Sana joined as a FREE Student Member and entered the draw (still open) for free places at CVE conferences.

‘If you're ever giving out free places again to conferences, I'm your girl. I'd honestly love to go again.’


To be quite honest, I’d never really heard of the CVE. A membership form was given out to all the students in our year one class at Massey, and we were told that if we did sign up, we’d be given the chance to win free conference tickets.

I signed up, and was lucky enough to win a place at the week-long CVE Immunology conference which was recently held. Another few people from my class had won spots too, but I was the only person who ended up going. Never having been to a conference before, I was a bit apprehensive going alone, as I wasn’t sure what to expect. I can say now that deciding to go was probably one of the best decisions I’ve ever made!

Every second was worth it

As I already mentioned, the conference was held in Queenstown, which is probably the most picturesque town in New Zealand. I did have to miss university classes to attend it, but every second was worth it. The conference was held on the cusp of the change from Winter to Spring, which is why there was still snow on the surrounding mountains, but the weather in town was extremely pleasant. On the free day that we’d been given, I took a short trip to Arrowtown. It’s a quaint little village with some amazing cafes and scenic walking trails. Overall, I’d say it was a week well spent.

I learnt so much!

The key speakers were Dr Steve Holloway, Dr Michael Shipstone, and Dr Andrew Mackin. Listening to them talk was completely fascinating. If I’m being honest, I didn’t understand some of what was happening, because after all, I am only a year one student; but I still feel like I learnt so much!

I met so many amazing people

All the material they presented was set out in a clear and easy to comprehend manner. The daily timetables were well spaced out with regard to the lectures, allowing breaks in between to help ourselves to the fabulous (and free) assortment of hot beverages and snacks that were available. I also managed to acquaint myself with some amazing people who were attending the conference.

It was inspiring to be exposed to specialists in their fields

If you’re a student, and you’re lucky enough to be offered a place, I’d advise you to take full advantage of this opportunity. Even if you don’t understand too much, it can be really inspiring to be exposed to specialists who have so much knowledge in their fields.

I’d like to thank CVE for this memorable experience.

View from the conference room balcony.

Musician AJ Hickling played his own beautiful
compositions at the waterfront every evening.

1 more draw to enter!

5 FREE places available for students for the Dermatology Seminar in Townsville on Saturday 11 to Sunday 12 November 2017

To enter, fill in all the fields* of the Student Membership form (even if you are already a Student Member) and email it to with the subject line: Please enter me in the draw for 5 FREE places at Dermatology, Townsville!

Hurry, closes midnight Tuesday 31 October 2017

The winners will be advised via email.

Note: As a not-for-profit membership organisation, the CVE is unable to fund flights, accommodation or other sundry costs.