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    (Original post by Goodluckxx)
    I am sure you did much better than you think though!! They always make you feel like you have done worse to test how you deal with it!
    You will be FINE! and a gap year would be pretty amazing! what would you do if you had to take one then? I agree though I still have nightmares about my personal statement!!
    Well, there's a project in Malaysia I'd like to do, working in a zoo, then an orangutan orphanage/rehabilitation centre, then out in the rainforest living with a local tribe, tracking and researching organutans that have been released. I'd like to do that in the summer, and get some more work experience done. I'm just not sure whether I should do this in the summer (it's 4 weeks) and try and fit work experience around it, or wait until after. I suppose it would count as work experience and I am particularly interested in conservation medicine. It would also be a good talking point at interviews as well. I mean, I mentioned I was interested in conservation at all my interviews, and the guy at RVC seemed a bit confused that I was SO interested in it, yet hadn't been abroad to do any work. I tried to explain that it is very expensive and I hadn't had the time, but he was a bit miffed. Weird.

    But, I really need to figure out what other work experience I need. I think I need abattoir, vet lab, zoo, poultry, beef, maybe more dairy, LA vets, maybe more equine vets and I think there's a canine hydrotherapy centre reasonable close (about 40 miles?) to me too that I could try. My work experience is on my profile, is there anything else people think I should get?

    Hopefully, all of this will be unnecessary, because I will get in this year :p: But I like to have back up plans, it's just the way I am. I think I'll got to Malaysia either way, because it really interests me.

    What would you do on a gap year?

    Right, back to the biology/chemistry notes I've been doing all weekend, fun, fun, fun.


    Edit: Tony pointed out my very stupid typo :p:
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    (Original post by steph_v)
    Well, there's a project in Malaysia I'd like to do, working in a zoo, then an orangutan orphanage/rehabilitation centre, then out in the rainforest living with a local tribe, tracking and researching organutans that have been released. I'd like to do that in the summer, and get some more work experience done. I'm just not sure whether I should do this in the summer (it's 4 weeks) and try and fit work experience around it, or wait until after. I suppose it would count as work experience and I am particularly interested in conversation medicine. It would also be a good talking point at interviews as well. I mean, I mentioned I was interested in conversation at all my interviews, and the guy at RVC seemed a bit confused that I was SO interested in it, yet hadn't been abroad to do any work. I tried to explain that it is very expensive and I hadn't had the time, but he was a bit miffed. Weird.

    But, I really need to figure out what other work experience I need. I think I need abattoir, vet lab, zoo, poultry, beef, maybe more dairy, LA vets, maybe more equine vets and I think there's a canine hydrotherapy centre reasonable close (about 40 miles?) to me too that I could try. My work experience is on my profile, is there anything else people think I should get?

    Hopefully, all of this will be unnecessary, because I will get in this year :p: But I like to have back up plans, it's just the way I am. I think I'll got to Malaysia either way, because it really interests me.

    What would you do on a gap year?

    Right, back to the biology/chemistry notes I've been doing all weekend, fun, fun, fun.
    WOW! That sounds amazing! You should definately do it. I hate how people ask why you havent done conservation stuff when they don't realise quite how expensive it is!!
    I think I would first go to Australia and work on a cattle ranch for 3 months or so to get some money and more work experience ... Then I would choose something to do with conservation perhaps something in Africa to do with large game animals ...
    Its just all so expensive
    Still I think a gap year would be a pretty amazing experience!!!
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    Just been reading through what I have missed and the issue of chicken conditions is very important to me. I keep chickens and I aim to become a specialised LA and poultry vet. Im one of those sad gits that goes to the poultry shows

    There has been one study, that I know of that claimed that free range where less healthy than barn/caged hens, however the study was shown to have serious flaws.

    (Original post by x_dwin_ffeimys_x)
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    Please could you expand on how free range are more prone to health problems. Many of the illness that are past on through poop and stuff such as cocci can be easily prevented with correct husbandry. Also other illnesses such as myco, can also be treated/vaccinated against or chance of contamination greatly reduced with again correct husbandry. I would argue that free range will be healthier due to a number of reasons and also that by being free range they can express natural behaviour and because they can have a greater range of food, not only are they getting more varied nutriention but also the sunlight is very benifical for them?

    Thats my opinion ne way. But Im a townie so yeah :p:
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    (Original post by Goodluckxx)
    WOW! That sounds amazing! You should definitely do it. I hate how people ask why you havent done conservation stuff when they don't realise quite how expensive it is!!
    I think I would first go to Australia and work on a cattle ranch for 3 months or so to get some money and more work experience ... Then I would choose something to do with conservation perhaps something in Africa to do with large game animals ...
    Its just all so expensive
    Still I think a gap year would be a pretty amazing experience!!!
    The cattle ranch thing does good, but when would you do that? You've got to make sure you're back from October-March for the admissions process? Is there any staple work experience you need to get?

    Anyway, we don't even need to be having this conversation because we WILL get in :p:
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    (Original post by steph_v)
    The cattle ranch thing does good, but when would you do that? You've got to make sure you're back from October-March for the admissions process? Is there any staple work experience you need to get?

    Anyway, we don't even need to be having this conversation because we WILL get in :p:
    I'm working on a cattle ranch in Aus although ranch is American its a cattle station in Aus Only 4 weeks till i go now.
    I think the annoying thing is that you might not actually have to be in the UK until march, you might get a Bristol offer in November and withdraw from everywhere else but you can't plan to do anything just in case. I could have gone to Aus about a Month ago if i'd have known i was going to get my interviews out the way so early!
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    (Original post by steph_v)
    Um, I originally thought Bristol was okay, but I really ballsed up on a question and never really got it back after that. Liverpool wasn't fantastic. It was pretty fun, but I messed up on more than one station and only 1 or 2 went really well. They've given out offers to people who had the same date as me, so I'm pretty much waiting on a rejection from there. RVC was just horrific, it was terrible from start to finish :p:

    So yes, not very good. I'm trying to be positive, but I'd rather not get my hopes up and the be really disappointed. The idea of a gap year is starting to appeal. It's just really annoying that you have to be in the country for the admissions process, and writing another personal statement really, really does not sound like fun!
    Yer, don't worry to much about rvc, a few of my friends on vetmed had horrific interviews, or so they say, and they all got places!
    I think most interview panels at the RVC are very nice, but then you have a few evil panels who push and push you to see how far you can go. If you had a harsh panel and struggled, doesn't necessarily mean you've failed! Do you hear from RVC mid-end of march aswell?
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    Well, speaking as a 'forced' gap-yearer myself, I think it's a great way to gain some long-term experience. For instance, being at a LA or SA or mixed practice once or twice a week after school for a few weeks/months isn't the same in terms of seeing lots of cases and sticking with cases as constantly being there for a few weeks. It also helps you to properly understand the full working hours (and overtime!) that vets do. It's also great to go on-call with LA vets, it lets you see both the routine AI stuff and some cool emergency cases.

    And what I did was book my overseas w/e after the interview process. I mainly did this b/c I wanted to get in more farm experience b4 the interviews b/c I hardly had any, and i thought it was more important than overseas stuff, for my appliaction at least I let the unis know when I wouldn't be available on by UCAS and all of my interviews have been before I leave. And I didn't organise any intensive w/e during the interview time (was in a lab, more relaxed). So it's not really that difficult, and most unis take into consideration w/e after interviews as long as it's confirmed...
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    Can I ask a few quick cow questions?
    Are any breeds of cattle more susceptible to TB?
    And are there any other suggestions for the control of the spread of TB other than the current system and badger culling?

    Cattle ranching sounds fun, but I am appalling at riding western (the only person I know who's been had to do) and I haven't got a clue how to ride a quad :o: I'll hopefully go and work as a groom for a while if/when I don't get in this year, providing I get the grades... But only after sorting out my farm stuff, because that's what I think I seriously lacked this year.
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    (Original post by Caraghk123)
    Yer, don't worry to much about rvc, a few of my friends on vetmed had horrific interviews, or so they say, and they all got places!
    I think most interview panels at the RVC are very nice, but then you have a few evil panels who push and push you to see how far you can go. If you had a harsh panel and struggled, doesn't necessarily mean you've failed! Do you hear from RVC mid-end of march aswell?
    Yeah, although apparently last year they went past the deadline and some people didn't hear until early April! I will be screwed if this happens - I'll be on holiday with my family! I really expected them to be as lovely as everyone said they were, I was so shocked and disheartened by the whole thing. Urgh, I don't like thinking about it.


    (Original post by sami4132)
    Well, speaking as a 'forced' gap-yearer myself, I think it's a great way to gain some long-term experience. For instance, being at a LA or SA or mixed practice once or twice a week after school for a few weeks/months isn't the same in terms of seeing lots of cases and sticking with cases as constantly being there for a few weeks. It also helps you to properly understand the full working hours (and overtime!) that vets do. It's also great to go on-call with LA vets, it lets you see both the routine AI stuff and some cool emergency cases.

    And what I did was book my overseas w/e after the interview process. I mainly did this b/c I wanted to get in more farm experience b4 the interviews b/c I hardly had any, and i thought it was more important than overseas stuff, for my appliaction at least I let the unis know when I wouldn't be available on by UCAS and all of my interviews have been before I leave. And I didn't organise any intensive w/e during the interview time (was in a lab, more relaxed). So it's not really that difficult, and most unis take into consideration w/e after interviews as long as it's confirmed...
    I've got a fair bit of work experience already (it's on my profile, can you suggest any other than what I mentioned earlier?) but there's always room for improvement. My dilemma is that I've got to make a decision about the Malaysia trip by the end of February, because that's when the deadline is. I probably won't know if I'm taking a gap year or not by then. Although I do quite want to now :p:
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    (Original post by steph_v)
    Yeah, although apparently last year they went past the deadline and some people didn't hear until early April! I will be screwed if this happens - I'll be on holiday with my family! I really expected them to be as lovely as everyone said they were, I was so shocked and disheartened by the whole thing. Urgh, I don't like thinking about it.




    I've got a fair bit of work experience already (it's on my profile, can you suggest any other than what I mentioned earlier?) but there's always room for improvement. My dilemma is that I've got to make a decision about the Malaysia trip by the end of February, because that's when the deadline is. I probably won't know if I'm taking a gap year or not by then. Although I do quite want to now :p:
    Hm the only major things I think you could add to your work exp would be farm vet and lambing! But you do have loads. :woo: *EDIT: Oh, you already have lambing! xD
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    (Original post by steph_v)
    I've got a fair bit of work experience already (it's on my profile, can you suggest any other than what I mentioned earlier?) but there's always room for improvement. My dilemma is that I've got to make a decision about the Malaysia trip by the end of February, because that's when the deadline is. I probably won't know if I'm taking a gap year or not by then. Although I do quite want to now :p:
    I think you have a good variety and the 18months kennel is really good, shows commitment I think it'll just be a case of doing more weeks, so instead of having just 1 week LA, maybe do 2 or 3, but I think mainly doing 2-4 weeks dairy is important. But having 2 weeks + lambig is also going to be good. Maybe it would also be good to get a week or so in a lab? Otherwise I can't see that they would reject you on a w/e basis, other ppl have loads more, but not necessarily as varied...

    PS: though I think gasgow is VERY w/e based, that's the feeling i've gotten from them, might be wrong, but that's been my experience with them...
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    (Original post by FireAndIce)


    Please could you expand on how free range are more prone to health problems. Many of the illness that are past on through poop and stuff such as cocci can be easily prevented with correct husbandry. Also other illnesses such as myco, can also be treated/vaccinated against or chance of contamination greatly reduced with again correct husbandry. I would argue that free range will be healthier due to a number of reasons and also that by being free range they can express natural behaviour and because they can have a greater range of food, not only are they getting more varied nutriention but also the sunlight is very benifical for them?

    Thats my opinion ne way. But Im a townie so yeah :p:
    chinkens don't like too much sun light, thats why they have to have dim windows for barn hens...so it acctaully doesn't make them good.
    If bird flu had managed to spread in the Uk, it would have been disasterous for free range.
    You probs know more than me about chikens, I've just had a few convoz with the farmer where I'm at now, and I was asking why you not doing free range? coz I thought it was much better, but hens don't get crushed with battery, and it's impossible to have good bio security with free range. So more acctually die! Do farms acctually vaccinate their chikens?
    so it's either battery with less dead chikens, but with living conditions not as good, or free range where the death count is higher but they have better living conditions! by living conditions I mean space to flap their wings and run around. how do they have a greater range of food though? I've never seen free rage chikens, I've always imagined a hard muddy field to be honest.
    My self free range isn't that free either, our chikens are not fenced in at all, could walk to england if they wanted to but they don't go very far.
    I'm not saying that battery is better than free range, but free range is not as good as it sounds!
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    (Original post by sami4132)

    PS: though I think gasgow is VERY w/e based, that's the feeling i've gotten from them, might be wrong, but that's been my experience with them...
    I don't think it is, I wasa on hold after interview there last year, and my w/e was horrific a year ago! but they do like farmy ppl....
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    (Original post by sami4132)
    I think you have a good variety and the 18months kennel is really good, shows commitment I think it'll just be a case of doing more weeks, so instead of having just 1 week LA, maybe do 2 or 3, but I think mainly doing 2-4 weeks dairy is important. But having 2 weeks + lambig is also going to be good. Maybe it would also be good to get a week or so in a lab? Otherwise I can't see that they would reject you on a w/e basis, other ppl have loads more, but not necessarily as varied...

    PS: though I think gasgow is VERY w/e based, that's the feeling i've gotten from them, might be wrong, but that's been my experience with them...
    Yeah I really was aiming for variety because I figured that was better and I do have three long term placements. In an ideal world I would have spent longer everywhere, but there wasn't the time. With a gap year, though, there will obviously be the time to do this. I think I've found a LA vets that will take me for work experience in the summer. They are new, so this time last year when I was looking for some I couldn't find any. I'm not going to finalise anything yet, in case I do get in.

    I didn't apply to Glasgow, but I didn't get that impression?
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    i think the time has come, for me to choose where i'm going to uni. and all roads are pointing to glasgow.. i really just need to man up and choose!
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    (Original post by steph_v)
    Yeah I really was aiming for variety because I figured that was better and I do have three long term placements. In an ideal world I would have spent longer everywhere, but there wasn't the time. With a gap year, though, there will obviously be the time to do this. I think I've found a LA vets that will take me for work experience in the summer. They are new, so this time last year when I was looking for some I couldn't find any. I'm not going to finalise anything yet, in case I do get in.

    I didn't apply to Glasgow, but I didn't get that impression?
    well you certainly need to know your stuff in the interview. i got the feeling that it would have been much harder to blag than somewhere else - they expect you to have done it, done it well and learnt a lot was the impression i got.
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    (Original post by hannah_vet)
    i think the time has come, for me to choose where i'm going to uni. and all roads are pointing to glasgow.. i really just need to man up and choose!
    Are you not going to wait for RVC? If all the roads are pointing to Glasgow, then just man up and firm it! :p: I bet you'll feel much better for it.

    (Original post by hannah_vet)
    well you certainly need to know your stuff in the interview. i got the feeling that it would have been much harder to blag than somewhere else - they expect you to have done it, done it well and learnt a lot was the impression i got.
    Ah okay. I so wish I'd applied there and not listened to my stupid careers advisor D;
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    (Original post by hannah_vet)
    i think the time has come, for me to choose where i'm going to uni. and all roads are pointing to glasgow.. i really just need to man up and choose!
    If I were you I would have firmed it the min I got it :p: hehe!!
    I really need to starts loving bristol before wed...I'm just thinking no maths re-sit and 2 months extra in America, and it's close to cardiff!! hahaha
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    (Original post by steph_v)
    Are you not going to wait for RVC? If all the roads are pointing to Glasgow, then just man up and firm it! :p: I bet you'll feel much better for it.



    Ah okay. I so wish I'd applied there and not listened to my stupid careers advisor D;
    why you have 3 interviews? plus glasgow have turned a lot of good apllicant down before interview, they like re-apps. I don't think you did a mistake.
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    (Original post by steph_v)
    Are you not going to wait for RVC? If all the roads are pointing to Glasgow, then just man up and firm it! :p: I bet you'll feel much better for it.


    Ah okay. I so wish I'd applied there and not listened to my stupid careers advisor D;
    i don't think i should wait, because what happens if i end up with 3 unconditionals lol!? i'll still be sitting here in may with no decision made. plus if the gut feeling i had at my interview was that i didn't like it, then i should probably stick with that.
 
 
 
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