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It is true to say that the hardest thing about vet school is getting in! Various trends have been seen in the past years, but each student will have their own epic story of how they got in. At present there are far more females being admitted to the course, but this is representative of the ratio applying as opposed to the preferences of the interviewers!
It is never easy to know exactly what the admissions boards are looking for and it seems to vary from college to college. It is rare for a candidate to receive more than one or two conditional offers from any of the vet schools. The AVS committee has attempted to come up with some helpful tips to guide you in the right direction.

The one thing all candidates have to achieve is high grades at either A-level or the equivalent and more so now at GCSE-level. The requirements vary little between each vet school and information of exact requirements can be found from the university prospectuses, careers advisors or your school/college. Admissions boards also require candidates to have carried out work experience within various aspects of the veterinary and animal industries. This may involve seeing practice at your local veterinary surgery or working at stables, farms, kennels/catteries, zoos or abattoirs. This not only looks good on your UCAS form, but is also advantageous when studying animal husbandry and in clinical years at university. Don't forget to get references from your placements and to dispose of any uncomplimentary ones!

To try and get ahead of the rest of the field you should try and become involved in other activities that show various social skills. These may include sports, music, acting and other clubs inside or outside school/college. Never underestimate any hobbies or interests you may have, as you want to be the one that the admissions tutors remember and offer a place to.

To get offered a place at university takes a lot of time and effort. Indeed many students have taken years out or have obtained a degree before studying veterinary science. However, it is all well worth it!

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