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.
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!
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.
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