(Original post by Moo_1495)
Hi, I'm new to the student room
i have looked at the uni work experience requirements individually and would love any advice on areas anyone thinks i could bump up ? Also what other courses are people applying for that aren't vet med ?
I currently have
-One week at a animal shelter
-Two weeks at a small animal vets
-one week at a reptile centre
-one week at a zoo
-three years volunteering at a city farm every saturday ( including a couple of days of lambing)
-Four years dog walking/pet sitting weekly for neighbours [ not sure this really counted]
-Two years volunteering at a riding school , a evening a week and through the holidays
-Two years working on a private equine yard with a mixture of horses. Have also owned by own horse and did pony club,
I hope to add
-A week at a large animal vets ( if i can find one that will have me )
=A week at another small animal vets/hospital
-A week at a dairy farm
-A couple of days at a abbatoir
-Some kind of vetmed course ? ( if i get in )
Well I managed to get work experience at an abattoir aged 17 for a day which is all you need so go for it, try the smaller abattoirs they are more likely to have you, try going to your local butchers and asking where they get their meat from. Also you could try asking local farmers or vets to see if they know of any/send their animals there. If you get the contact details ring them up and say that you were given the information from the butcher/farmer/vet and they may be more receptive to your call. Explain that you only need a day or two and no more because you don't really need any more that that. You are basically just showing that you are aware that vets are involved in abattoirs and you understand what they do. When I was there I spent time with the vets checking the meat etc as well as time spent with the people actively slaughtering. It was eye opening and not actually that gruesome.
If you can't get large animals try and go for a mixed practice and then ask them if you can spend time with the large animal vets, also try and organise it for the winter months because there is more farm work available then so you'll be more likely to go out on calls etc than in the summer. I think it is really important that you add this week into your work experience.
Getting the dairy farm is definitely worth it as you can up your confidence working with cows in tight areas and gain contacts for future EMS.
The dog walking is unlikely to count under work experience but is a useful thing to talk about in personal statement as it shows community work etc and at interview.
I would suggest organising some more lambing, even if it is for next year after you apply as it can still count for a bit as some of the unis ask you to put down organised work experience etc. For example I organised some work experience for February half term and then was able to talk about it (and LDA operation on a cow) that I had seen and because it was so recent was able to go into a lot of detail.
I personally didn't go on one of those courses (except for Vet Quest at Bristol) because I couldn't justify spending the money to be told what I could find out from prospectuses and open days. However, if you have the money and want to spend then do I just don't know how much you will get out of it apart from a laugh!
As you are clearly into horses (I guess you'll be applying to Liverpool) I'd suggest trying to get a week with some equine vets or at an equine hospital. You have the husbandry side of it so you just need to show that you've experience some clinical cases etc.
A very important point is to keep a diary of the places you go to because you may need to know about operations/cases and be able to demonstrate that you've seen cases from start to finish or taken and active role in the placement. Also, some of the unis ask for a list of tasks you did whilst there so its useful to have them written down as you do them than trying to work out/remember what you did a couple of years ago!!!
Hope this helps
Last edited by Hopingforsunshine; 07-04-2012 at 14:24.