A BUDDING vet who looked abroad to study for her degree has started an ambitious fundraising project.
Cassandra Saunderson, from Culcheth, is raising money to fund her veterinary degree in Slovakia. Having just finished the second year of her six-year course at the University of Veterinary Medicine in Kosice, Slovakia, she is now suffering a lack of funds and if she is unable to raise the money she will be forced to drop out. The 22-year-old said: “I have already made what I am sure will be lifelong friends and learned so much, both academically and culturally. “I don’t want funding to stop me from finishing the course, I don’t want to have to start back at square one.”
After finishing her A-levels in biology, chemistry, geography and maths, she applied twice to study in the UK but was rejected by all of her choices. On her third attempt she saw the opportunity to study a six-year EAEVE approved veterinary medicine course taught in English in the eastern European country.
She applied for the course and flew out in July 2010 to sit the entrance exam, which she passed and was accepted.
However when attending university overseas no Government grants or student loans are available.
The fees for one year of study at the UVM came to 7,000 euros, at today’s exchange rate – roughly £6,000.
Cassandra has three jobs to try to support herself, two in England and she also teaches English in Slovakia, and her dad has agreed to help out where possible.
Cassandra said: “It was not preferable for me to turn to the public, however I have received a good response from people, so I think it’s something that people deem a worthy cause. “Indeed as some people have pointed out to me, the Government takes taxes from people every day to fund study for people who are unsure and just going to university for something to do.”
Now she is faced with the task of raising the fees or having to quit university. She hopes to raise £9,500 and has currently managed £7,925.
If you wish to help Cassandra finish her degree visit makemeavet.co.uk.