At the age of 16, when Dayo Abegunde entered the university, she was looking for ‘fresh, different and exciting’. So she never bothered with courses like Medicine, Engineering and Law that freshers were clamouring for. Instead, she applied for Veterinary Medicine because in her words, “The study of lizards and cockroaches could only be fun”. It didn’t take long before the true state of things dawned on her. Her sophomore theory classes were so long and deathly boring, that she wished she could change courses. The practical classes were not any better as the formalin-charged laboratories often led to fainting spells in some of the students. The spells which they called ‘baptism’ was usually the aftermath of logging long hours in class on an empty stomach. By her fourth year, classes began by 7 am and ended at 7 pm, every day.
Even though the course turned out to be anything but what she expected, Dayo decided that she would still make the best of her situation. She began to search for what was in vet medicine for her. She cast her mind back to the 4 years she had spent in school and began sifting through her experiences for what obtained for her. Luckily, the vet medicine course includes three internships. Her second year internship gave her some on-the-job training on a poultry farm. Her third year internship offered her some laboratory experience and she worked in a vet clinic, for her fourth-year internship. Grades notwithstanding, her training in the University of Ibadan had afforded her no small wealth of practical experience.