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    I am going to start Sixth Form next year and I want to pursue a Career as a Wildlife Veterinarian, I am stuck with what to choose for my A-levels, I am thinking of doing:

    Chemistry
    Biology
    Photography A2 ( As the world is becoming more advanced technologically, it would be useful in utilitising photographic knowledge, e.g. understanding aperture.)
    Media Applied ( Purely as a choice of interest to set me apart from the stereotypical candidates)

    I am also going to do work experience hopefully in Zoo's, Sanctuary's and Vet Clinics. Also I am 15 years old and I am in High School and I am studying Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Mathematics, English Language, English Literature and Photography A Level.
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    I'm no expert on vet med applications, but photography and media are often seen as soft subjects in comparison to the traditional subjects, such as the sciences, maths, english lang/lit, history etc, so maybe they would look down upon that :dontknow:. I could be wrong though.
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    I've never heard of a Veterinary applicant taking media and photography before. As places are extremely extremely competitive and few and far between, I would suggest 2 traditional a levels that you know you'll do well in (History, English Lit, Maths, Physics etc).

    You can easily learn about photography as a hobby and put this in your personal statement if you really want to become educated on it, and this way it will only add to your application, rather than detract from it.
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    I definitely do not want to do another academic subject as I have previously done sociology which is a social science and French a modern foreign language as well as doing physics, chemistry and biology, mathematics and english lang and lit. With choosing mathematics as an A level is definitely very risky for me as I feel that I am rather strong but not exceptionally strong most universities ask for A to a B in some, also physics is also a very risky choice which has some of the slimmest past rates. I mainly want differentiate myself from other candidates as I have researched that you need at least chemistry and biology.


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    I'm a successful Vet Applicant of this year Got 3 offers.... so I know my way around the admissions process some what

    First thing is what do the vet schools want: entry requirements

    Bristol - Chemistry, Biology and one other academic subject

    http://www.bristol.ac.uk/vetscience/...uirements.html

    Cambridge - Chemistry and then two of: Biology, Physics and Maths

    http://www.study.cam.ac.uk/undergrad...ourses/vetmed/

    Edinburgh -Chemistry, Biology and then an approved subject (see their link)

    http://www.ed.ac.uk/schools-departme...y-requirements

    Glasgow - Chemistry, Biology and another academic subject

    http://www.gla.ac.uk/undergraduate/d...inarymedicine/

    Liverpool - Chemistry and Biology and then any other subject

    http://www.liv.ac.uk/study/undergrad...-requirements/

    Nottingham - Chemistry, Biology and then any other subject

    http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/vet/pros...dmissions.aspx

    RVC (London) - Chemistry, Biology and a third subject

    http://www.rvc.ac.uk/Undergraduate/B...tryReqs.cfm#a2


    So as you can see Chemistry and Biology are a must, which you have - so far so good

    However, photography and media studies are not (unfortunately) considered academic subjects. One of them would be fine as a 4th AS subject however one of Maths or Physics would be strongly advised. With Vet Med being the third most competitive course (I believe don't quote me on it) you need to pick subjects which won't count against you.

    If you decide not to apply for the "normal" 5 year course, you might try your hand at the Gateway courses or similar that some of the vet schools run. Be warned though they are extremely competitive as there are as few as 5 places on each course.

    Work experience wise you need at the absolute (and I really mean absolute) minimum is 6 weeks work experience between now and when you apply. It needs to cover the basics of: 2 weeks Large Animal practice, 2 weeks Small Animal practice, at least a week on a dairy farm, at least a week of equine and then very helpful additions are; horse vets, pigs, poultry, kennel and lambing (if you can definitely do lambing.)

    If you want any more advice or a second opinion, go to the Vet Med area

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    (Original post by Angry cucumber)
    Hi

    I'm a successful Vet Applicant of this year Got 3 offers.... so I know my way around the admissions process some what

    First thing is what do the vet schools want: entry requirements

    Bristol - Chemistry, Biology and one other academic subject

    http://www.bristol.ac.uk/vetscience/...uirements.html

    Cambridge - Chemistry and then two of: Biology, Physics and Maths

    http://www.study.cam.ac.uk/undergrad...ourses/vetmed/

    Edinburgh -Chemistry, Biology and then an approved subject (see their link)

    http://www.ed.ac.uk/schools-departme...y-requirements

    Glasgow - Chemistry, Biology and another academic subject

    http://www.gla.ac.uk/undergraduate/d...inarymedicine/

    Liverpool - Chemistry and Biology and then any other subject

    http://www.liv.ac.uk/study/undergrad...-requirements/

    Nottingham - Chemistry, Biology and then any other subject

    http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/vet/pros...dmissions.aspx

    RVC (London) - Chemistry, Biology and a third subject

    http://www.rvc.ac.uk/Undergraduate/B...tryReqs.cfm#a2


    So as you can see Chemistry and Biology are a must, which you have - so far so good

    However, photography and media studies are not (unfortunately) considered academic subjects. One of them would be fine as a 4th AS subject however one of Maths or Physics would be strongly advised. With Vet Med being the third most competitive course (I believe don't quote me on it) you need to pick subjects which won't count against you.

    If you decide not to apply for the "normal" 5 year course, you might try your hand at the Gateway courses or similar that some of the vet schools run. Be warned though they are extremely competitive as there are as few as 5 places on each course.

    Work experience wise you need at the absolute (and I really mean absolute) minimum is 6 weeks work experience between now and when you apply. It needs to cover the basics of: 2 weeks Large Animal practice, 2 weeks Small Animal practice, at least a week on a dairy farm, at least a week of equine and then very helpful additions are; horse vets, pigs, poultry, kennel and lambing (if you can definitely do lambing.)

    If you want any more advice or a second opinion, go to the Vet Med area

    Peace
    This post just took the words out my mouth and I shall be giving you a rep as soon as I post this :').

    As AngryCucumber has stressed very much throughout their post, Veterinary is so incredibly competitive. I know a girl who did Biology Chemistry and Maths (with I think Psychology to AS), did an immense amount of work experience, had her heart and soul set on it and made an incredible effort to get great AS grades and extra amounts of work experience, and she got rejected from all 5 courses. She was absolutely devastated, and my friends and I truly could not believe it. We felt so awful for her. We genuinely thought "Oh my goodness, if she can't get in then the applicants that did must have done even more/better than she did" (and she did a LOT so they must have been absolutely brilliant, as Angry Cucumber obviously is - congrats btw).

    You've got the Chemistry and Bio spot on, but the Media and Photography will do you no favours, as Angry Cucumber points out explicitly. You need good, first choice, academic subjects. And by your defensive post about not wanting to do another academic subject, it tells me this is not what you want to hear at all. But it is the truth of it so I'd encourage you to take this information on board.

    You need to be choosing from this list to give yourself the best chance, if Vet Medicine is your true ambition:

    Art History
    Biology
    Chemistry
    Chinese
    Classical Civilisation
    Economics
    Engl Lit
    French
    Geography
    German
    History
    Irish
    Italian
    Japanese
    Further Maths
    Latin
    Maths
    Music
    Philosophy
    Physics
    RE
    Russian
    Spanish
    Welsh

    Although some of those are obviously better adapted to Medicine than others (deducible by common sense, but not factually true, just my opinion). Eg Maths more than Music.

    Source:http://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/showthread.php?t=810355

    As you can see, under normal circumstances Media is suitable as a 3rd choice and Photography as a 4th choice. But Vet Med is not a normal course in the sense of it is so incredibly competitive and quite literally, only the absolute best are selected for entry. If I were you I'd listen to Angry Cucumber and choose from the above list of strong subjects.
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    (Original post by Angry cucumber)
    Hi

    I'm a successful Vet Applicant of this year Got 3 offers.... so I know my way around the admissions process some what

    First thing is what do the vet schools want: entry requirements

    Bristol - Chemistry, Biology and one other academic subject

    http://www.bristol.ac.uk/vetscience/...uirements.html

    Cambridge - Chemistry and then two of: Biology, Physics and Maths

    http://www.study.cam.ac.uk/undergrad...ourses/vetmed/

    Edinburgh -Chemistry, Biology and then an approved subject (see their link)

    http://www.ed.ac.uk/schools-departme...y-requirements

    Glasgow - Chemistry, Biology and another academic subject

    http://www.gla.ac.uk/undergraduate/d...inarymedicine/

    Liverpool - Chemistry and Biology and then any other subject

    http://www.liv.ac.uk/study/undergrad...-requirements/

    Nottingham - Chemistry, Biology and then any other subject

    http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/vet/pros...dmissions.aspx

    RVC (London) - Chemistry, Biology and a third subject

    http://www.rvc.ac.uk/Undergraduate/B...tryReqs.cfm#a2


    So as you can see Chemistry and Biology are a must, which you have - so far so good

    However, photography and media studies are not (unfortunately) considered academic subjects. One of them would be fine as a 4th AS subject however one of Maths or Physics would be strongly advised. With Vet Med being the third most competitive course (I believe don't quote me on it) you need to pick subjects which won't count against you.

    If you decide not to apply for the "normal" 5 year course, you might try your hand at the Gateway courses or similar that some of the vet schools run. Be warned though they are extremely competitive as there are as few as 5 places on each course.

    Work experience wise you need at the absolute (and I really mean absolute) minimum is 6 weeks work experience between now and when you apply. It needs to cover the basics of: 2 weeks Large Animal practice, 2 weeks Small Animal practice, at least a week on a dairy farm, at least a week of equine and then very helpful additions are; horse vets, pigs, poultry, kennel and lambing (if you can definitely do lambing.)

    If you want any more advice or a second opinion, go to the Vet Med area

    Peace
    Thanks definetely helped me
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    (Original post by lou_100)
    This post just took the words out my mouth and I shall be giving you a rep as soon as I post this :').

    As AngryCucumber has stressed very much throughout their post, Veterinary is so incredibly competitive. I know a girl who did Biology Chemistry and Maths (with I think Psychology to AS), did an immense amount of work experience, had her heart and soul set on it and made an incredible effort to get great AS grades and extra amounts of work experience, and she got rejected from all 5 courses. She was absolutely devastated, and my friends and I truly could not believe it. We felt so awful for her. We genuinely thought "Oh my goodness, if she can't get in then the applicants that did must have done even more/better than she did" (and she did a LOT so they must have been absolutely brilliant, as Angry Cucumber obviously is - congrats btw).

    You've got the Chemistry and Bio spot on, but the Media and Photography will do you no favours, as Angry Cucumber points out explicitly. You need good, first choice, academic subjects. And by your defensive post about not wanting to do another academic subject, it tells me this is not what you want to hear at all. But it is the truth of it so I'd encourage you to take this information on board.

    You need to be choosing from this list to give yourself the best chance, if Vet Medicine is your true ambition:

    Art History
    Biology
    Chemistry
    Chinese
    Classical Civilisation
    Economics
    Engl Lit
    French
    Geography
    German
    History
    Irish
    Italian
    Japanese
    Further Maths
    Latin
    Maths
    Music
    Philosophy
    Physics
    RE
    Russian
    Spanish
    Welsh

    Although some of those are obviously better adapted to Medicine than others (deducible by common sense, but not factually true, just my opinion). Eg Maths more than Music.

    Source:http://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/showthread.php?t=810355

    As you can see, under normal circumstances Media is suitable as a 3rd choice and Photography as a 4th choice. But Vet Med is not a normal course in the sense of it is so incredibly competitive and quite literally, only the absolute best are selected for entry. If I were you I'd listen to Angry Cucumber and choose from the above list of strong subjects.
    Thank you this helped me too.
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    (Original post by zubairelouali)
    I am going to start Sixth Form next year and I want to pursue a Career as a Wildlife Veterinarian, I am stuck with what to choose for my A-levels, I am thinking of doing:

    Chemistry
    Biology
    Photography A2 ( As the world is becoming more advanced technologically, it would be useful in utilitising photographic knowledge, e.g. understanding aperture.)
    Media Applied ( Purely as a choice of interest to set me apart from the stereotypical candidates)

    I am also going to do work experience hopefully in Zoo's, Sanctuary's and Vet Clinics. Also I am 15 years old and I am in High School and I am studying Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Mathematics, English Language, English Literature and Photography A Level.
    Vet Med is a highly competitive course as I'm sure you know.

    Chemistry and Biology as essential subjects but I would strongly advise you not taking Media and Photography.

    Sadly, they are not seen as academically challenging or rigorous and so they will probably disregard them straight away.

    I would advise you take more academic subjects such as:

    Maths, Physics, English Lit, History, Geography.
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    I would consider doing 3 science/math subjects which you continue to A2 and then a 4th as some vet schools state that although you can do a third academic subject they "prefer" a science related one It also gives you more options. Additionally I think Glasgow has a list of subjects that they do not accept which included art and music - oh yeh its on the link above

    Make sure you have the basics covered first (mentioned above too) as they are more important to your application than special wildlife placements, though obviously do these too, just don't prioritize them
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    (Original post by zubairelouali)
    I am going to start Sixth Form next year and I want to pursue a Career as a Wildlife Veterinarian, I am stuck with what to choose for my A-levels, I am thinking of doing:

    Chemistry
    Biology
    Photography A2 ( As the world is becoming more advanced technologically, it would be useful in utilitising photographic knowledge, e.g. understanding aperture.)
    Media Applied ( Purely as a choice of interest to set me apart from the stereotypical candidates)

    I am also going to do work experience hopefully in Zoo's, Sanctuary's and Vet Clinics. Also I am 15 years old and I am in High School and I am studying Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Mathematics, English Language, English Literature and Photography A Level.
    Hey! I'm probably one of the only ones on here applying for veterinary that did photography A level! I applied for 2012 entry and received a interview for nottingham I was unsuccessful mind but receiving an interview was further than I thought I'd ever get! I also got rejected from Bristol, Liverpool and RVC however this wasn't to do with anything about my grades/subjects!
    I only took photography to AS level and my 3 other subjects were maths, chemistry and biology. I failed maths the first year as I really hate maths and couldn't get my head round it at all and I just shouldn't of taken it! Anyway, this led to me taking an extra year at college because I couldn't take photography any further due to the entry requirements of the unis so I picked up geography instead which I was much more comfortable in doing and I actually enjoyed the subject!

    If I was in your position I would take chemistry and biology and then pick between media or photography then for your fourth subject which would have to be 'academic' chose something that your good at and you will enjoy as this is the subject you will have to take on into a level! I would advice not to take physics or maths if you feel you won't do well in them as this is the mistake I made!

    I hope this makes sense and I hope I helped!


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