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    Hi i'm new to the thread. i have a major problem. ever since i can remember i have wanted to vet science at uni and become a vet and that was the only thing that i ever wanted to do. about 18 months ago i wasnt sure if i could cope with the emotional side of the profession and started considering other degrees (law, chemistry etc.) but then a couple of weeks ago after attending a university fair realised that this actually was the only career for me. i cant imagine enjoying another degree and this is the only thing that really interests me academically (i do have other interests) and i now feel mature enough to overcome the emotional aspects of the job but i have a major dilemna: i have no work experience at all. i am currently writing to local vet surgerys begging for work experience and explaining the above. can anyone direct me in which work experiences are regarded more highly by universities. i have until 15th october to complete the experience and i have a two week holiday with the family inbetween. iv ordered Blacks Veterinary Dictionary off amazon but basically do i stand a hells chance of being excepted or should i just quit now and reconsider university options?!
    please help! chloe x
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    Do you have a local surgery that you take your pets to? Because I imagine you could always just speak to your vet there and explain that you're desperate for work expo. They'd probably let you do a couple of weeks there.

    Don't lose hope, lol! Stick in there, I think you'll find a placement somewhere, just stick at it!
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    Maybe you could arrange lots of experience for holidays that are coming up, and say you've got x weeks at a dairy farm, y weeks at a stables already organised in your personal statement. The RVC made me do more work experience on a dairy farm as a condition for accepting me, so all isn't lost!
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    Hi,

    Your best bet is to try phoning your local surgeries. When you call ask one of the nurses or receptionist when the best time to speak to one of the vets might be. They'll be used to people asking for work experience.

    Also - do you have a careers adviser at school? They may have an arrangement with a local surgery already - worth asking.

    Don't panic, you've got time - still a bit of a wait before 15th October. Use the time wisely and get in as much experience as you can - vet surgeries, farms, kennels etc.

    Good Luck!
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    Get some work experience in a vets surgery, but don't forget large animal work. I have a friend who was rejected because she didn't have enough experience with large farm animals. Try to phone up farms, stables etc and work with as wide avariety of species as possible.
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    Hi there,

    All is not lost, keep asking at vet surderies, dairy/sheep farms, riding stables, kennels/cattery- anywhere you can get your hands on some animals basically.

    I know a few people who were accepted with relatively little experience. However, if you're not successful this year because of your lack of experience, you can take a year out, get loads of experience and apply again next year.

    Good luck
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    Hey, thanks for the advice, i wrote to my local vet a couple of days ago and today my dad went there (one of the guinea pigs had mange again) and the vet said that he's just got to run it past his partner who's away for a week which sounds promsing. luckily because i live in a rural area the practice caters for probably more large animals than small ones and so the vets there regularly do farm visits. they also do plenty of small animal aswell, one vet seems to specialise in one area more than the other so hopefully everything will be ok. im also organising a week or so working at a dairy farm, a hedgehog/wild animal hospital, pdsa clinic and then hopefully i will volunteer every weekend at the local kennels or get a part time job working with animals most weekends. the other day it felt like my whole life was crashing before my eyes when i realised this is the only career for me and my chances of achieving it were slim. luckily things seemed to have straightened themselves out and i've decided i may take a year out to work on a animal hospital place helping treat and release animals back into the wild anyway so i can also fill the year with more experience, thanks again!
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    Well if like you said, you really want to be a vet, then why give up?
    Look in the uni prospectuses for what they want and do as much as you can, but make sure it doesn't get in the way of your a-level work or you're unlikely to get in anyway. Also, make sure you do some farm work as well as in vet surgeries. Lambing season's over, but maybe you could try getting some work at a dairy farm helping with the morning milking. You must be on holiday at the moment from school so maye you can do the morning's milking and then get to some vet surgeries for the rest of the day.
    If you don't get in this year you can always have a year out if you want to be a vet that much.

    Good luck,
    Lisa
 
 
 
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