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    Just been to see RVC at Camden and was a bit disappointed to be honest... it looked like the uni was quite isolated and only the vet students were there. I was wondering if all the vet universities were like that…. I was hoping to be in the central city and integrated with others on different courses. Are there any Universities where vet lectures are shared with medics for example?

    Seriously, which is (or was) everybody’s first choice when it comes to vet unis (both people who are going to apply and students who are already on the courses… all opinions much appreciated).

    Here are my current opinions on the vet unis having spoken to some vets/ visited some
    Liverpool – Very good – Particularly good for horses – don’t really know about accommodation situation (ie isolated or not – any information on this would be much appreciated)
    Glasgow – I have heard its quite a relaxed atmosphere –also particularly good for horses - again don’t really know about accommodation situation (ie isolated or not – any information on this would be much appreciated)
    Cambridge – Not really interested here – the whole Cambridge ethos thing
    Edinburgh – It is very formal and English students are unlikely to get in
    Bristol – Looked around the country side type campus and again felt that the vets were isolated
    Nottingham - Unknown quantity, again any info much appreciated
    London – Not keen – see above

    Also, any information about vet student unions and night life in each town would be great.
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    I'm at Bristol--the first three years are spent in the city, like any other subject. I think the last two years do get a bit isolated, but the vet society organises quite a few socials, which all years come to.
    Bristol's a great city to live in--there's lots to do in the free time you get, good variety of clubs as well (so much indie and cheese...). Lots of hills to walk up and down though, especially if you live in the halls outside the city.
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    At all the vet schools for the first 2/3 years vets are based 'mainly' at the main university, but in the last couple of years are based only at the vet school. Most of the vet schools are a good way out from the main uni and so yes you are very isolated (helps if you own a car).

    I'm now going into 2nd year at Glasgow. This is one is different and is a major reason why I chose it. The vet school is not miles out from the main uni. In fact I am moving out of halls next year into a flat right by the main uni (and union lol) because I am living with mainly medics who want to be close to the med school - I will have to get the bus to the vet school but the bus goes right outside my flat and takes about 20 mins and goes every 20 minutes. (By car it's about 5-10 mins). Also at Glasgow we spend a lot more time at the vet school from day one in first year. This year we have been at the main uni for roughly 2.5 days a week, next year we are apparently only there for 1 day a week. The rest of the time we are at the vet school. Glasgow can do this because the vet school is not situated in the middle of nowhere! Students can get there very easily! The advantage of this is that is there is no barrier between the years. Everyone chats to everyone.

    Although you spend a lot of time at the vet school from 1st yr, you still meet a lot of people from other courses - from halls, unions, clubs etc. Part of the reason I'm living with medics is so that I'm not always with vets! lol!

    I'm going to be honest, Glasgow vet school isn't as impressive looking as the other vet schools and from what I can remember of the other vet schools, it seems much smaller. When I went there I didn't go "wow, this is so amazing", but I was completely overwhelmed with how friendly and relaxed everyone was that I knew it was the place for me. (They are raising money to redo the small animal hospital soon though and the weipers equine centre is really nice and then there is the ace Cochno farm!).

    If you can, visit the vet schools and talk to students/staff. I wouldn't have had a clue which to apply to if I hadn't! I'm from right down south and would probs have not considered Glasgow if I hadn't visited it (oh and my vet went there too and probs wouldn't have been too impressed if I hadn't applyed lol!!). From an English point of view, we don't have many English students on the course (we have more americans!!), but I had much more trouble getting an interview at Edinburgh (apparently I hadn't spent enough time with a large animal vet who dealt with large scale farms, despite the fact that I worked on large scale farms on wk exp anyway! - I think my postcode had much more to do with it!!! But he did offer me an interview, followed by an offer after I sent him a letter).
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    RVC is the biggest and best vet school in Europe. We're one of only two unis in europe to have AVMA accreditation, we're the only vet school in the UK to have a clinical skills centre, we're the only vet school in the UK to have its own treadmill to assess horses locomotion, we carried out the first canine heart by-pass this year, we have the largest number of specialists in our hospitals, we give you the chance to live in London for two years!!, we have vet nurses and vet science students as well as the vet med students, students have fantastic options for intercalation, we're the only vet school that runs itself and is not a faculty in a larger uni. You should have come to the open day at Hawkshead, because vet med students are only based in Camden for the pre-clinical years. We also have an amazing freshers week lined up. RVC is amazing and was always my first choice.
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    (Original post by laura_maybe)
    RVC is the biggest and best vet school in Europe. We're one of only two unis in europe to have AVMA accreditation, we're the only vet school in the UK to have a clinical skills centre, we're the only vet school in the UK to have its own treadmill to assess horses locomotion, we carried out the first canine heart by-pass this year, we have the largest number of specialists in our hospitals, we give you the chance to live in London for two years!!, we have vet nurses and vet science students as well as the vet med students, students have fantastic options for intercalation, we're the only vet school that runs itself and is not a faculty in a larger uni. You should have come to the open day at Hawkshead, because vet med students are only based in Camden for the pre-clinical years. We also have an amazing freshers week lined up. RVC is amazing and was always my first choice.
    Thats wrong. There are four Vet schools in Europe with AVMA accreditation - Edinburgh, Glasgow, RVC & Netherlands.
    Yes RVC is very good but so are all the Vet Schools, they all have their pros and cons. Being the largest isn't necessarily a good thing, I personally don't fancy having such large lectures.
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    Doesn't really matter, all the other points are valid and RVC still out ranks both of them.
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    At Edinburgh it depends on how much you want to mix with other subjects i think particularly if you are in halls.All vet lectures are done with vet students only and are held in separate buidings to the main uni (meaning i never go to the main uni buildings) but this doesnt mean i dont have friends in other subjects. However most of my friends are vets and i am going to be living with vets next year but that is just personal preference. I love edinburgh as a city and the vetschool. However in 2008 they are proposing to move the whole vetschool out of the city and to easter bush (where you spend the clinical years now) and although this will make it more isolated i still think many people will still live in the city. (i intend to stay living in the city and just drive out for my clinical years)
    i think (please correct me if im wrong) that at cambridge lectures are mixed with medics for the first few years (which was one reason of many that i didnt want to go)
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    Since you asked about Liverpool accomodation- my girlfriend's a medical student there and so I've been to visit her quite a lot. The halls are quite far away from the uni, though the bus service is good except for on Sundays, but she tells me that it does get annoying living so far from uni. The halls are ok- not great- rooms are an ok size, but the furniture's not that great- I've only visited the two main halls at Liverpool though. I don't know about the others (ie- self catered ones).

    For me, Liverpool was my first choice- but for me it was because they're supposedly the best vet school, I like Liverpool, it's near the sea (I love the sea), but mainly because my gf is there... I'm hopefully going to the RVC next year and that was my second choice. I'm informed by my friend at the RVC that living right next to the uni in Camden can cause you to be a bit cut off from the rest of the students, but there's always the option of being in intercalated halls. Three of the halls (around that anyway) are right next to the union or whatever it's called where students from all different uni's meet. Also at the RVC you can use the facilities of all the London unis, which imho, is pretty cool (But there again I'm just facinated with living so close to Camden market really!) :P

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    (Original post by laura_maybe)
    Doesn't really matter, all the other points are valid and RVC still out ranks both of them.
    Out of curiosity,not that it makes any difference,but on what basis are you ranking RVC as top? RVC came 3rd in Sunday Times League tables and LAST in The Guardian! Edinburgh also has a treadmill! See
    http://www.vet.ed.ac.uk/services/lar...l_hospital.htm
    www.ed.ac.uk/news/050527vet.html
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    (Original post by laura_maybe)
    we're the only vet school in the UK to have its own treadmill to assess horses locomotion
    Bristol has one too, in the Jim Joel equine centre at Langford.

    Personally, Bristol has always been my first choice. The city is lovely and, being a country girl at heart, I liked the fact that it wasn't a huge bustling city. London intimidated me a bit- it's just not my style really. I also liked the fact that you get hands-on experience with animals every week at Bristol, although this is also true for other vet schools.

    When I visited Bristol, I just got a feeling about it and knew it was the right place for me. Not something I can really explain, I just knew I would be happy there, and I am.

    BTW, hi Angharad :hello:
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    (Original post by laura_maybe)
    Doesn't really matter, all the other points are valid and RVC still out ranks both of them.

    It doesn't matter if RVC does out rank them both. What's the point if you end up desperately unhappy there, and end up dropping out or worse?

    They are more things to life than academic reputation.
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    I have no idea where to apply, Liverpool is definitely my first choice (and it has a treadmill :p:), but after that I'm a bit confused about which ones to apply to: RVC is good but the groups you work in are apparantly really big and I don't like the idea of that! Nottingham looks good but I've heard rumours that the facultys not finished until 2010 :confused:, and it's farm biased (want to work with horses). Bristol... I've not heard much about this one... any opinions?? Cambridge would be a wasted application and its a 6 year course so no :eek:. Then the two scottish ones, which one is supposed to be biased to the merry folk up north?? Or are they both?? Im so confused :confused: !!!!!
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    (Original post by Vet In Progress)
    Bristol has one too, in the Jim Joel equine centre at Langford.

    Personally, Bristol has always been my first choice. The city is lovely and, being a country girl at heart, I liked the fact that it wasn't a huge bustling city. London intimidated me a bit- it's just not my style really. I also liked the fact that you get hands-on experience with animals every week at Bristol, although this is also true for other vet schools.

    When I visited Bristol, I just got a feeling about it and knew it was the right place for me. Not something I can really explain, I just knew I would be happy there, and I am.

    BTW, hi Angharad :hello:
    i have to agree with you on the fact that you find one that just feels 'right' for you. For me that was Edinburgh and i absolutely hated bristol when i went for interview - i cant really explain why..its weird! I did really like london on my interview but again couldnt face living in such a big city having come from the middle of nowhere!I love edinburgh and am so glad that i picked it- it just feels so right for me. I think this is why there is such a big but friendly rivalry between the vetstudents at different vet schools as most people are really happy where they are and wouldnt want to be elsewhere.
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    in response to questions about Scottish vet schools being anti English, Edinburgh Uni is 40% English so I think that any sassenachs are safe enough to apply.

    As for choices of vet schools, I was 100% for nearly 10 years :eek: that I was going to go to Edinburgh. Then I went on an Oxbridge information day - purely to get out of school, have a nice day in Edinburgh etc... infact, I went to Pizze Hut afterwards if I remember correctly... - and my view shifted. It's such a shame you discount Cambridge (although, if I miss my offer, I will deny I ever wavered from Edinburgh!)
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    LOL! RVC is definately not the best in Europe and I think that you will find that Liverpool is the top Vet School in the UK! We also have a treadmill to assess horses out at Leahurst and we are reknowned for farm animal and equine studies. We are also in the city of culture for 2008, and at the moment it is cheaper to live here than any other university providing veterinary medicine in the UK. Again the opportunities for intercalation are good and the teaching rated excellent. It is really down to personal preference and where you get in...but I chose liverpool over bristol, edinburgh and RVC, London.

    (Original post by laura_maybe)
    RVC is the biggest and best vet school in Europe. We're one of only two unis in europe to have AVMA accreditation, we're the only vet school in the UK to have a clinical skills centre, we're the only vet school in the UK to have its own treadmill to assess horses locomotion, we carried out the first canine heart by-pass this year, we have the largest number of specialists in our hospitals, we give you the chance to live in London for two years!!, we have vet nurses and vet science students as well as the vet med students, students have fantastic options for intercalation, we're the only vet school that runs itself and is not a faculty in a larger uni. You should have come to the open day at Hawkshead, because vet med students are only based in Camden for the pre-clinical years. We also have an amazing freshers week lined up. RVC is amazing and was always my first choice.
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    (Original post by mjf)
    I think that you will find that Liverpool is the top Vet School in the UK!
    According to who?
    Every league table has them in different places. The Guardian places Glasgow & Edinburgh joint top
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    HI everyone,

    Don't forget the subjectivity of newspapers- its the RCVS and university ratings of which Liverpool scores top for teaching ( and cambridge bottom so |I hear).

    Aside, Liverpool halls are a bit ming but there's lots of food and great camerarderie, and you're in them for less than a year.

    Clinical (yr 4 & 5) students are based at Leahurst, in the posh end of Chester, countryside, live in a village, good local stables, seaside etc etc. and they're eventually moving all vets to Leahurst where all the buildings will be brand new including the halls.

    Hope this Helps.
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    i totally agree that its down to personal experience and whichever one feels right 4 u im goin 2 rvc in sept and when i went i knew it was the place 4 me so dont worry 2 much about wot other people tell u and make your decision on wot u think and were u think ull b happiest not which 1 is best in the league tables.




    hull may not be a top 10 city but i like it
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    OOH, and I forgot to mention, you may all feel you desperatly need a whole host of weird and wonderful friends from other courses, and in my experience, it is best to go into hallsespecially catered ones so that you get together at meal times and socialise with lots of people from other courses. You'll find tho that the gang of vets you are plunged into are an amazing mix of people that have all done differennt , interesting things to talk about and have some surprising hobbies and varied interests, and yet in wanting to be a vet you have a big thing in common with them all. Our year are really close at Liverpool and I wouldn't swap many of them for the world, on the whole we're really good friends. So when you end up going to Leahurst or Langford or whatever, it is these friends that you are still with, but we don't all talk shop all of the time. Besides, when you get to fourth year, people of your age have graduated and rather than it feeling like you're still stuck at uni, it feels like you've done the student thing of wild nights out and being trollied etc etc, and that you're moving onto a new thing, more of a work environment where you're just concentrating on being a vet, amongst vets, but of course the veterinary societies still lay on a good social life for you!!

    Everyone thinks their uni is the best- its because nearly everyone has a great time there, of course if you like nightlife and your music London, Liverpool and Edinburgh would be good bets, and for those of you, like i was, not in the fortunate and unusual position of being able to be choosy, don't worry, there's very little to choose between them all, and you're in a better position- you're just going where you're destined to.
 
 
 
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