Elliott Simpson

Broadland High School (graduating 2006)
7A's, 3A*'s and a B. 

Paston
ABB

Where did you go to University and what mark did you leave with?
University of Bristol, (Professional Degree; ie – no 1sts, 2nds etc).

Who do you work for, and what projects have you been involved in?
Westover Veterinary Centre, involved in evolving the exotic work at the practice.

What is a ‘typical day at work like?
Get to the practice at around 8am, check the daily calendar to see what visits are booked in for the day, and then generally have consults with animals at the practice or visiting farms / stables throughout the day.  Grab some lunch when possible, then finish around 5, unless on call for the evening..!

What did you study at Paston? How did that course help you progress upon your career path?
Studied Chemistry, Maths and Biology, with Physics at AS. Gave me some exposure to a broad array of science which was integral to the further study I undertook at university, and to the job I do now.

What are the important skills you have had to develop and hone to be successful in your job?
People skills are number one! Definitely developed a lot of this at college, where you leave the familiarity of high school and meet a vast array of new people.

Did you ever envisage doing this while you were at Paston?
Yes – was the career choice from the beginning, which Paston worked very hard with me to help me achieve.

What did you do in the year immediately after graduating?
From Paston – had a gap year, travelled to the Falkland Islands to work with the government vet team.


"Paston gave me exposure to a broad array of science which was integral to the further study I undertook at university, and to the job I do now. "