Matthias Dippon- Spain, 2012

When I started my internship at “the Hachaklait” at the end of April, I didn’t really know what to expect. So far my knowledge concerning the system of the Hachaklait was very poor and I felt excited to learn more about it. Moreover, I didn’t know who I would be working with as I met “my vets” only one day before the internship started.
During the first two weeks, I worked with Michael Schwartz who turned out to be both: on the one hand, he was a friendly teacher explaining me everything about the interesting structures of the Hachaklait and a good, reliable friend trying to help me in any difficult situation on the other hand.
The following two weeks I spent with Joost Dukas and Avner Shoham and during my last week, I had the chance to work with Fadi Soboh.

When my internship came to an end five weeks later I couldn’t believe that my time at the Hachaklait was already over! I had such a great time with the five different vets I worked with and the fact that they all spoke fluent German made our conversation much easier.

My time in Israel was wonderful and I enjoyed every single day of my stay! Thinking back, I realize that I have learned so much more in those five weeks than I have ever before in any other internship or even during my entire time as a student at university. It was an important experience for me to get the opportunity to examine and treat animals on my own instead of just observing other vets doing the job.

To sum it all up, the internship in Israel was one of the best things I have ever done and I really wish that future interns will feel the same way! Hopefully, I’ll be back one day to meet my new friends again.