A March young woman who is determined to pursue her dream of being a vet despite health setbacks is in a competition that hails the achievements of
young people in Cambridgeshire.
Jessica Bax has been nominated for Linx Young People of the Year. The competition reveals, recognises and rewards young positive role models
across Cambridgeshire and there is £2,000 in prize money for winners to share with the community.
Jessica was nominated by Ursula Lowe, lecturer in chemistry at Cambridge Regional College (CRC) and Jessica’s personal tutor, who praised Jessica’s
efforts to make her dream come true.
Twenty-year-old Jessica, of Russell Avenue, has always loved pets but it was when doing her GCSEs she decided that she wanted to become a vet.
However, she suffered anxiety and panic attacks, which have continued. Since then she has done different training courses and tried her hand at various work experiences.
She did work experience at three different veterinary practices, two farms and a riding stables. She has also volunteered at Shepreth Wildlife Park in north Hertfordshire.
Jessica has also worked part-time in a fish and chop shop to help fund her studies.
All this has paid off and she has a conditional offer to study on a five-year-course at the Royal Veterinary College in London from September. She recently took and passed an online Food for Thought course offered by the London college which explains the food chain process.
“When I got the news of a conditional offer at the Royal Veterinary College it meant the world to me,” said Jessica. “I burst into tears. I have had
some setbacks but I’m very determined to make a go of it. I’m not going to let the anxiety affect my studies.”
The competition has a top prize of £800, with £400 for the winner and the same amount for a good cause of their choice. There is a prize of £400 for
the second place, £200 for the third and top junior, all similarly shared.
Entrants must be aged 10-25 and live, work or study in Cambridgeshire.
The awards ceremony will be held at Ely Cathedral in October.