The Ghent Lambing & Husbandry project (GLHP) is a project that started two years ago, after a small post on Facebook, requesting a few students to assist lambing in Orkney. So many students applied that we decided to look for more placements where we could send our students to get that hands on experience. What started with this one post, turned into a 95 student operation (2018). Both the interest from farmers as well as from the students grew so much, that we were able to triple the number of students this past year (2019). Today we are a team of thirteen very enthusiastic veterinary students. We provide lambing and husbandry placement in mostly the UK, but also the Netherlands, Belgium, Iceland and France. We as veterinary students at Ghent University want to make it a possibility for our fellow students to get some hands on experience. The objective of our student society is to contribute not only to a practical, educational development, but also to provide an international platform to our fellow students. As a daughter division of VDK ( the Flemish Veterinary Students’ Association) we have a strong backbone in the academic world and also an integrated cooperation with other daughter divisions like IVSA, which is focussed on internationalisation.
As students from UGhent we would like to expand the practical experience we get. Our main goal is to build a bridge between the studies of veterinary medicine and the realities in our future. Skills learned and developed by working in the farm environment can only add value to the knowledge we have accumulated in our studies. Therefore, we created this project to connect students from our university to farms all over Europe.
Last year (2019), we were able to send approximately 270 students to 53 farms spread over the UK. As of this year (2020), we would like to provide placement for even more students and add Husbandry to our resume. With your help we would like to make this possible! Below you'll find our email-address, Facebook page and application form for farmers. Whether you are a small farm or large, a dairy or meat farm or meat farm, you've got pigs, horses or a mixture of all these: please don't hesitate to apply. Also know that we want to make it a wonderful experience for you too!
Not to worry, we make sure our students get information and practice a bit of skill at our University before we send them off. There is however a difference between students: second years do have less experience with lambing, but we want to make it possible for them to help out too. There is a question about this in the application, so let us know your preference. There's also an application for our students to fill in. When they close, we try to find the best fit for you and the students.
As explained above, GLHP’s goal is to provide our students with placement at a farm to get more experienced in the field. But we'd also like to provide an extra pair of hands for you. We're looking for farmers/veterinarians/shelters/stables who love their work and want to share their passion and knowledge. We want our students to learn as much as possible, from feeding sheep/looking after pet lambs to taking care of pups/foals/calfs to help with difficult lambings and to (know when to) intervene when necessary. Please read the forms below. In there, you'll find information about how an exchange ‘works' and what to expect from us and what we expect from you.
Note: application for 2019-2020 runs from July till September. After that we might not be able to select the right student or one at all. We can however add you to the list for the year thereafter (2021).
Dear fellow students, if you're interested in lambing/husbandry and aren't afraid to get dirty, roll up your sleeves and work very hard, late and/or early hours, but want to get a load of experience, we're the ones you need to contact! We try to provide the best fit for you to improve your knowledge and skills. We want to make it easier for you to step out of your comfort zone, to apply and find the experience you're looking for. Building a bridge between our theoretical classes and your future job.
Application form is coming soon.
Note: the deadline for application is September. Please know that when you apply thereafter we might not be able to schedule you in. There is no list in this case. You have to apply each year via the application form.
Co. Monaghan, Ireland
"Once again I just want to thank you so much for all you've done for us here. You really brightened the place up!"
Covenhope farm, England
"I was very pleased with the students, they all felt like old friends when they left. We had worked hard together. I hope they found the experience worthwhile. I certainly did!"
"Extremely lucky having these two ladies with us the past week. Their care and attention to our animals has been second to none."