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    I am not sure weather i am in the right forum i am new to this . sorry if i am not.

    I have been surfing the net for work experience to do as i want to be a vet and i found out about the vetsim, vet six and vetmedilink but i dont fully understand them.
    I can't really find any information about the vetsix but someone wrote on the student room that they learnt loads and it was really interesting.
    Out of the vetsim and the vet medilink i thought the vetsim looks really interesting and i am up for doing the marine mammal medic course, however, I didn't know if i had to take the medilink first.
    Also how old do you have to be as currently i am 16 and in year 11 but i am really keen to attend the july vetsim if possible.

    Thank you for any information you can give me
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    Hi, first of all if you fancy the July Vetsim you should be fine info is here http://www.synergysolutions.org.uk/Vetsim.html
    After going to Vetmedlink in december ive met someone who was in year 12 but did vetsim and the marine mammal medic course the summer before.
    I dont think Vetsix exists any more, only vetmedlink and vetsim.

    Vet-medlink is mostly sitting in a lecture theatre and listening to people talk and give presentations about certain topics, and some are very interesting and give some good info.

    Vetsim is mostly practical, a few lecture presentations, but very hands on, interesting and fun.

    Its important to understand that going to either course won't make you look better in the unis eyes, but they do give some useful information and after going to both I can say I made a lot of friends and had an amazing time.

    Just remember work experience is far more important and you need to get as much and varied as possible.
    Its never too soon to start looking for some.

    Hope this all helps
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    A few things, as stated above.

    These conferences are not a substitute for work experience. They will not better your application (they cost money, and it is unfair to consider them as not everyone can afford them).

    Marine Mammal Medic is a bit rubbish. They bring blow up seals/dolphins, and you do it on the grass, not even in a swimming pool. However, it does give you an extra 24hrs socialising.

    I went to VetSim (and MMM) and I really enjoyed it, mostly the social side. There's threads about it in this forum, please read those.
    I don't know if I'd go again. I love the people I met, but vet-wise I gained little/nothing.

    Wow, that sounds negative
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    To echo the other comments...if you are interested, can afford the time and money and want to go, by all means do. These sort of workshops are interesting and informative, BUT, will not give you any advantage in your application. If you are in anyway unsure about applying to vet sci, they can be a good way of making sure (but then again, so can work experience). The courses can make you think of things you hadn't before, enthuse you, meet new people, try out a bit of the uni lifestyle etc. But, at the end of the day without the grades and work experience they won't get you anywhere. And even with the grades and experience the course in itself won't make any difference to the uni's, it is just if it is worth it from your POV!
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    I never went to any of them...IMO its better to get proper work experience :yep:
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    (Original post by laul)
    I have been surfing the net for work experience to do as i want to be a vet and i found out about the vetsim, vet six and vetmedilink but i dont fully understand them.
    All Vetsim/Vetlink/Vetcam really involve is some lectures, maybe some practicals if you're lucky (or pay even more), perhaps a little chat about the admissions process, some advertising and then in the evening some parties and underage drinking - it is not work experience and it will not be counted as work experience by your interviewers.

    So many applicants go to one (or more) that admissions just discount them entirely when it comes to the selection process. If you have the money to burn and/or you're not completely sure about being a vet then by all means go but it will serve you no disadvantage if you don't.

    Within my friendship group there's probably a 50:50 split of who went and who didn't - that speaks volumes.

    Your priority should be:
    1) Grades
    2) Work experience
    3) Extra curriculars (eg; D of E Gold)
    4) Writing a decent PS
    5) Practicing interview technique
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    oh btw vetsix is the old name for vetmedlink, they are the same thing
 
 
 
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