(Original post by MadMonkey)
Hello there. Friend told me you replied to this. He practically lives on this forum.
Since I threw a rant at you, I'll follow up on your response to that rant. I know these aren't affirming comments, but seriously, I'm just communicating my honest opinion to you here. I'm not sugar coating it because I feel that being challenged on this benefits you more, regardless of what decision you have/plan to make.
Truth is I see a lot of girls (and guys) like you, really hellbent on veterinary medicine or human medicine and not really willing or capable of seeing anything else, and the rejection of it can break a person, especially if they manage to get in and find they weren't meant for it all along. A friend of a friend (to use the term loosely) decided to jump off his building when he found medicine wasn't for him in his first year, I don't really know why he did it, but from what I gathered, he'd wanted medicine his whole life and didn't know where to go. These courses are intense. I don't think you understand in till you've actually gone and done one. You get so involved that you can't fail, you can't quit, you spend your life doing it, and if it doesn't work out, call it grades, call it second thoughts. It can get to a person. You understand me?
Yet no mention of paid employment here? Have you had any consistent employment at all in the last three years? Veterinary Medicine is an expensive course and it also leads to a difficult and intense vocation (to state the obvious). A lack of experience of employment is a valid criticism of someone applying to BVetMed from your position (as a twenty something year old). Are you relying on getting a maintenance and tuition fee loan and putting yourself in debt as a source of finance, because if you have 4 years before your veterinary course, the most logical thing to do is earn enough money to alleviate your financial burden during university, especially in light of the tuition fee's tripling since you first applied. And Assuming that you do have a job, why wasn't this on the top of your list of things that aren't work experience?
The second thing that disturbs me about this is that you've invested in an animal that you could possibly not financially or physically sustain should you actually get into a veterinary medicine course? Are you really prepared to sacrifice the wellbeing of your animal in order to do the required learning to achieve within a veterinary medicine course? And trust me, you will have to do that, unless you’re some sort of super genius, you will be doing a minimum of 9-5 lectures most days, this is not including the extra work you will have to do in order to maintain your knowledge or the Extra Mural Studies you will have to do during the non-clinical years (Min. of 12 weeks). Do you really think you’ll be able to keep a horse at the same time, most of the university campuses are city based?!
Nope. I'm not convinced. That is not a back up plan. It is not an alternative to veterinary medicine; it’s a desperation gambit because you couldn't achieve an offer in this country. Its much more expensive and not guaranteed to be as internationally respected (depending on the university in question), it will involve relocating to another country in which you probably do not speak the language, something that can be mentally and emotionally demanding, and you may not cope with the stresses of this and your academic studies. And on top of all this you might very well be rejected from those institutions as well, most of them are prestigious and certainly have enough applications to pick and choose. Assuming you end up doing that when whatever family issues end, you might be talking a few years down the line. Are you really going to continue applying to UK veterinary colleges that whole time. Have you not got a single alternative at all that you can pursue?
This is your fourth year, on the trot, applying to veterinary medicine, no use sugar coating it. Every single veterinary college will know it, regardless of whether you applied to them or not. If a twenty one year old applies to veterinary medicine without any major study and forty weeks work experience to their name, then it is the natural assumption to make. Those admissions tutors are sugar coating it for you. It does put you at a disadvantage at this point (and any disadvantage is bad at the level of competition you're facing). That disadvantage will become larger the longer you cycle through.
I'm going to have to call you on this one. Are you a vet? How do you what it's like to be one? Because work experience provides you with a underwhelming taste, not a robust understanding of the stresses involved and if you think it does then you're crazy wrong. How do you know that “it’s all (you) want to do”? That isn't a mature justification for wanting to do Veterinary Medicine. When you're a teenager you can get away with that sort of answer, but it doesn't fly with a twenty something year old. Why is it the only thing you want to do? Specific reasons here? If it’s because you love animals, then why not become a veterinary technician or nurse (because they are more involved in animal care)? If you love the science, then why not become a research assistant or get a science degree (both of which are more academic)? If you like the diagnostics then why not do human medicine (which is less competitive and involves greater depth of knowledge)?
Do you think your friend’s envy your position, because if they have a decent degree from a decent university, they probably have a good chance at getting a job. Give it a couple more years, they'll be starting marrying their sweethearts and having children. They'll be getting mortgages, having family holidays and paying taxes. Ironically, if they have a good 2:1 or a first in a Biological science degree, they probably have a better chance at getting into veterinary medicine that you (through graduate entry). They wouldn’t even need that much veterinary experience. Its easy to bemoan someone for not having a sure direction at the end of their university course, but you can hardly fault them for having progressed further in life than yourself.
Truth of the matter is, most people take the opportunities provided to them, and those are usually based on luck. Almost no one truly chooses what they end up doing, and to be entirely frank, nobody really has any idea what they want to do, including you. The proof is in the pudding as they say, and you're speaking from the perspective of ordering from the menu.
I go back to my very first statement. Veterinary Medicine is not the be all and end all of existence. You seem to have a problem understanding that.
As before, my two cents, take them or leave them.