The level of teaching and clinical contact that Kendall Johnston received during her Bachelor of Optometry gave her the necessary skills and confidence for her career.
“The University of Auckland is the only tertiary institution in New Zealand that offers an Optometry programme. The graduates of the programme are well received across Australasia. This is due to the world-renowned teaching staff, and world leading research coming from the School of Optometry and Vision Science and the ADHB Ophthalmology centres. At the University of Auckland, you know you are receiving a quality education and being taught by leaders in their respective fields.
“I grew up in Matamata, a small rural area, so moving to Auckland was a significant change. However, it was a very easy transition. The halls of residence offered a supportive first year environment, and Auckland is a surprisingly easy city to navigate and enjoy. I was involved in interfaculty sports throughout my time at University and I enjoyed this as a way to interact with other students from FMHS.
At the University of Auckland, you know you are receiving a quality education and being taught by leaders in their respective fields.
“Optometry progresses from preclinical to clinical years. In our final year we undertake a research project in an area of optometry that we are interested in, ranging from clinical and scientific projects to public health projects. I undertook my research as a combined project through the School of Optometry and the ADHB, looking at the public’s perception of optometry services.
“The Bachelor of Optometry has prepared me well for my role at OPSM Hamilton. Optometry has no registration period, meaning we graduate fully qualified. The level of teaching and clinical contact made me feel competent and confident to start work.”