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Olympic athlete reaches finish line of veterinary placement with Dogs Trust

Laura Muir is mostly known for her athletic achievements: a middle distance runner, she represented Great Britain in many international competitions, including Rio 2016. She also broke the British record for 1,500 meters twice - first Dame Kelly Holmes', and then her own last August at the Diamon League meeting in Paris.

The training regime is demanding, but it hasn't stopped her from studying veterinary medicine at the University of Glasgow - and now Laura has just completed a two-week veterinary placement at the Dogs Trust Darlington centre.

Sue Embleton, Rehoming Centre Manager for Dogs Trust Darlington, said: “It’s been fantastic having Laura here at the Centre. She has been a real asset to the team over the last two weeks. It comes as no surprise that she has shown real aptitude and skill when assisting the team here, as it is evident from Laura’s sporting achievements that she is extremely driven and dedicated in reaching her goals.”.

Laura said that her placement has been "a very rewarding experience", and that it has given a boost to her confidence.

“At Dogs Trust I have been able to work with dogs from many different backgrounds to develop my skills, thanks to their great teaching and supervision," she said. "Towards the end of my two-week placement I felt much more confident performing small operations on my own, which is a big step for me.”

Image by Dogs Trust.