On Friday, December 9, 2022, the deputy of the British ambassador, Mr. Andrew Wells, accompanied by the second secretary, Mr. Mark McGuinness and Mrs. Jarmila Sviteková (Political Officer), visited our university. The visit of the second highest representative of Great Britain to Slovakia concerned a large group of British students who have been coming to our university for a long time to study general veterinary medicine. Currently, there are 22 of them in total, six of them also met personally with the representatives of their country in the meeting room of the rector's office.
Andrew Wells and his colleagues met with Rector Jana Mojžišová and Vice-Rector for Education Martin Tomko. They talked together about the university, its achievements in the international field of veterinary education, the importance of veterinary medicine for human health within the One health concept, but also about study programs, their content and breadth. They also paid a lot of attention to how the school and students managed the difficult two-year period of the pandemic, which had a significant impact not only on the studies of foreign students, but also on their personal lives. At the time of closed borders, they found themselves in a foreign country, and it was the embassy and its employees that meant security for them in handling unexpected life situations.
The British students then had space for a separate conversation with their ambassadors. Later, everyone toured the University Veterinary Hospital. The British guests saw the clinical workplaces, which the students highlighted and appreciated as an important part of their professional training.
A year ago, the University of Veterinary Medicine and Pharmacy in Košice welcomed the Great Britain's ambassador to Slovakia, Nigel Baker, who visited Košice in connection with the Race to Zero project.