Deaf student Beth has bright future

Beth Acton.
Beth Acton.

A student has overcome being deaf to land a dream job as a vet’s assistant.

Bethany Acton from Heysham has just graduated with a Foundation Degree in Veterinary Nursing and begins her new role as a veterinary nurse at the Vets4Pets practice in Morecambe next month.

As Beth, 20, is deaf, the course was particularly challenging for her because of the massive amount of veterinary terminology she had to learn.

And in a job where effective communication can mean the difference between life and death for an animal, she also had to develop skills to be able to work in a stressful practice environment.

The former Heysham High pupil, who did the three-year course at Myerscough College near Lancaster, said: “I’ve had massive support from the college to help me through.

“I always wanted to work with animals and it’s all worked out perfectly.”

Beth is assisted by a special hearing loop necklace and is also able to lip read.

Her tutor, Claire Bloor, said: “Beth is a true inspiration to everyone at Myerscough.

“Her determination and motivation to succeed has been outstanding throughout the course. We’re all very proud of her.

“She has worked so incredibly hard throughout the course and she has passed all of her final year exams first time, which is fantastic because there have been times where, due to her condition, she’s had problems interpreting some of the questions.

“Beth’s attitude is fantastic and she is an absolute star.”