Claire Vinten

Thanks so much for voting to keep me in everyone! I'm so excited to be in the final!!!!

Favourite Thing: I am a vet, so I like to make sick animals better using science and medicine! When I am doing the other part of my job – being a researcher – I love finding out new things, that nobody else in the whole world knows (until I tell them!). There aren’t many jobs that you can say that about!



University of Nottingham 2007-2012, Campion School 2001-2007


12 GCSE’s (A*-B), 4 A-Levels (A’s), BVMedSci, BVM, BVS, MRCVS

Work History:

Companion Care Veterinary surgery

Current Job:

PhD student


University of Nottingham

Me and my work

When I’m not being a vet (treating dogs and cats), I teach at a university and do research on my students!

I am a vet that works with small animals like dogs, cats, rabbits, guinea pigs and hamsters. I am also a more traditional ‘scientist’ that does research at The University of Nottingham, and teaches the vet students there. My research is trying to find out how to make vet students better at making decisions.

Vets have to make a lot of decisions every day, for example:

* What is wrong with this sick animal?

*How can I find out what is wrong? Should I do an x-ray?

*What medicine should I use to make this animal better?


I am trying to make vet students better at making decisions, so that when they graduate they can help more animals get well again.

My Typical Day

I spend my time either teaching, looking at the results of my research on my computer or cuddling puppies!

I come into the office at about 9am (I have my own desk!) and start up my computer to check my emails. Sometimes I will then go and teach vet students for a few hours. If I am not teaching that day, I will do some work on my computer instead, looking at what the results from my research say. I also do a lot of reading, to find out what other scientists think about decision making and veterinary education. I normally have peanut butter on toast for lunch (yum!) then either teach or conduct research in the afternoon. Another big part of my job is to show other people my research and answer questions they have about it.

Sometimes extra fun days come along where I get to go and visit other scientists around the country!

What I'd do with the money

I think I would like to make some podcasts, and possibly a website, for the public to access that contain information on animal care and health.

My Interview

How would you describe yourself in 3 words?

Silly, bubbly and chatty!

Who is your favourite singer or band?


What's your favourite food?


What is the most fun thing you've done?

Swam with dolphins

What did you want to be after you left school?

A dolphin trainer at Sea World!

Were you ever in trouble in at school?

Yes, I always got told off for talking too much!

What was your favourite subject at school?

SCIENCE! Especially physics. I also liked drama and music.

What's the best thing you've done as a scientist?

Saving the life of a baby puppy, and seeing how happy his owners were :D

What or who inspired you to become a scientist?

I was inspired by my love of animals, and the fun of finding out how the world around me works.

If you weren't a scientist, what would you be?

I would be a teacher, as I love teaching and getting students as excited about learning as I am.

If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!

I would wish that I stay happy for the rest of my life. I would also like a lifetime supply of chocolate, and to be able to travel through time!

Tell us a joke.

Q. What do you do if a teacher rolls her eyes at you? A. Pick them up and roll them back to her!

Other stuff

Work photos:

This is my office buddy, who keeps me company at my desk!  myimage2