For the run-down, OP, listen to Olly. The fact that he posts quotes directly from Uni admission's policies indicates that the advice he offers is worth listening to.
At the end of the day as long as you meet the minimum requirements laid down by the universities you stand a chance. Obviously you'll be at some disadvantage compared to those candidates with straight A*s - but that's nothing you can't combat as long as you strengthen your application in all other ways possible and make yourself a more competitive candidate.
You will need to attain good A-Levels in order to indicate your ability, as well as scraping together as many work experience placements as you can. Pay attention to both the duration and variation of your placements. You also have to appreciate that you need to be learning stuff from the placements, not just attending them. What do they teach you about the career? What skills are you acquiring that will be useful? This is what you need to be focussing on when you're sat in the corner of the vet's consult room.
Finally take a look at your extra-curriculars. While not as important as what people have written above they do carry some weight as they indicate the type of person you are, and allow admissions tutors to hazard a guess at your aptitude for veterinary medicine.
If you tick all those boxes you stand a fair chance of being interviewed - and after this point it's up to you to fight your corner; grades carry much less influence post-interview (apart from where it comes to meeting the conditions of any offers, obviously).
Oh, and TAD? Loving the man-kisses
Last edited by emilyyy; 04-02-2009 at 21:25.