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Manchester High School for Girls

Leading animal experts share their experience

Monday 28th January saw over 70 guests from the Manchester High community and surrounding schools and colleges gather together to learn about the wide range of career options available for those interested in the veterinary sciences

The event was part of the School’s series of ‘Insight Into’ sessions whereby alumnae and industry professionals are invited to give a valuable overview of their career to a captive audience of students and their parents. On this occasion, Manchester High welcomed former pupils Joanna Mallard and Alana McGlade, along with former parent Sue Paterson, who each gave an insight into their very different careers including working in primary practice, equine care, specialist training and becoming an industry advisor. 

Alana (class of 2006) first started out in equine practice, however a forced career break after a work related accident gave her time to rethink her direction. After always enjoying the business side of her role, Alana decided to enter into industry as a vet advisor for an organisation which supplies vet products. Alana said:

Alana McGlade and Joanna Mallard
Alana before her move away from practice.

“When I first set out in my career, I never would have thought I would end up so far removed from being a practising vet. Instead, I manage a team within the industry. I love what I do every day and still get to use my qualifications. I’m living proof there are many options available to people interested in veterinary science.”

All three speakers stressed the importance of maintaining a healthy work-life balance as the nature of animal care can be very demanding at times and guests learned about the entry qualifications and personality attributes essential to gain a place at university.

The overarching message of the evening was that veterinary science is an extremely rewarding career, no matter which route is taken and, once qualified, a good practitioner is very much in demand!

The next ‘Insight Into’ event is on Tuesday 5th March at 6pm when we will welcome John Ashcroft, Chief Executive of Manchester Royal Eye Hospital and University Dental Hospital of Manchester. John will give an insight into the role of a chief executive and will discuss some of the most important factors that have shaped his career choices, sharing some of the mistakes he has made along the way.

The talk is free to attend but due to the popularity of these events all we ask is that you RSVP by emailing Lex Robinson in the Development Team at