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Would massively appreciate any help or advice on this predicament I'm in..

So basically I was planning on taking a gap year until the new tuition fees set in, so I decided to apply for University in 2011 instead. Not sure on what to apply for, I applied for courses in animal behaviour, animal science and vet nursing. I've changed my mind on animal behaviour and vet nursing, so those courses are out of the question - so my last resort is animal science at Nottingham.

I'm unsure of what an animal science degree would lead to me into as a career, and I would preferably like a job working with the NHS and NOT having a job involving research. Also - I've recently been thinking I want to do a degree in Physiology instead.

So do I accept my animal science offer and go, so I avoid the new tuition fees and I can get a broad background of animal biology (and some aspects of physiology too which are included in the course) OR do I take a year out to decide and pay the ridiculous new prices????
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I'm not entirely sure where an animal science degree can take you ( in terms of a relevant profession - animal husbandry perhaps?), however in my workplace, Microbiology NHS laboratory, my colleague has an animal behaviour degree although her job does not require any degree. Before she entered the NHS, she worked as a vet nurse(the animal behaviour degree got her the job, where she then trained as a vet nurse). A position within the NHS is incredibly stable as it is very difficult to be fired. If you are at risk of losing your job within the NHS due to cut backs, you will be prioritised for any other jobs you apply for within the trust.
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You can perform vivisections and put lipstick on cats.
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I can't contribute to your question, but I'm curious - what IS animal science? Is it veterinary medicine / biology / zoology / microbiology but under a different name?
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Do Nottigham offer the course you would like to change to? If so see if you can transfer? Either that or accept the offer and see what comes up in Clearing?
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I have completed an animal science degree at Nottingham. The first thing I must stress is that it is nowhere near a vet degree (if I had to compare it to something I would say its similar biology or agri degree).
As for the career side of things there is a number of different jobs you could do. Some of my class has either went on to do post graduate work, animal nutritionists, agriculture advisors, work in defra, zoo work and the likes (I know there was someone hen into the NHS but I don’t know what area).
There is a lot of physiology modules with in the course and physiology related modules which also is taught at the human level as well as animal level as the principles are relatively similar (but in the 2nd and 3rd year you can choose a lot of the modules so you can tailor it towards what you want your career to be). I hope this helps!
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(Original post by Lil Piranha)
I can't contribute to your question, but I'm curious - what IS animal science? Is it veterinary medicine / biology / zoology / microbiology but under a different name?
animal science is basically the study of basic animal physiology and biochemistry, it seems to be a very broad degree
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(Original post by Teeno)
I have completed an animal science degree at Nottingham. The first thing I must stress is that it is nowhere near a vet degree (if I had to compare it to something I would say its similar biology or agri degree).
As for the career side of things there is a number of different jobs you could do. Some of my class has either went on to do post graduate work, animal nutritionists, agriculture advisors, work in defra, zoo work and the likes (I know there was someone hen into the NHS but I don’t know what area).
There is a lot of physiology modules with in the course and physiology related modules which also is taught at the human level as well as animal level as the principles are relatively similar (but in the 2nd and 3rd year you can choose a lot of the modules so you can tailor it towards what you want your career to be). I hope this helps!
This is very helpful! think I've decided im going to go this year and do the degree and see if i can specialise in animal physiology/physiotherapy later on if possible.

THANK YOU!
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I also did Animal Science at Nottingham, and has used it to move onto a veterinary medicine degree.

Whilst it is quite a broad degree, has quite a lot of scope (esp in 2nd and 3rd years) to pick certain modules you want to do, I would say make sure you want to do this. I don't mean in specific this degree, but in general, far too many people end up falling into a course without being definate it is what they want to do and 3 years can be a long time if you don't enjoy it. Also, whilst it means missing the tuition fee rise, that is no benefit if you end up not liking what you are doing...and potentially drop out. Sorry, this probably sounds negative, but make sure you are defiantly happy with the route you take. Whilst an animal science degree may lead you into jobs in the NHS, there are definatly routes which would be better suited for this, and leads you having to apply for jobs against people who have better suited degrees. I know from my year a lot of people have ended up in research type jobs and/or doing masters degrees. A few of us have gone into vet med as graduates. And others have changed direction entirely, such as teaching (most because they failed to find jobs they wanted in an animal type field).

One last comment, you mentioned in your last post about animal physiotherapy - animal science def won't lead onto that. To be an animal physio you need to first do a human physio degree and then add on courses to be an animal physio.

Sorry if I sounds negative...hope it is some help.
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>Animal Science
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I also did Animal Science at Nottingham, and has used it to move onto a veterinary medicine degree.

Whilst it is quite a broad degree, has quite a lot of scope (esp in 2nd and 3rd years) to pick certain modules you want to do, I would say make sure you want to do this. I don't mean in specific this degree, but in general, far too many people end up falling into a course without being definate it is what they want to do and 3 years can be a long time if you don't enjoy it. Also, whilst it means missing the tuition fee rise, that is no benefit if you end up not liking what you are doing...and potentially drop out. Sorry, this probably sounds negative, but make sure you are defiantly happy with the route you take. Whilst an animal science degree may lead you into jobs in the NHS, there are definatly routes which would be better suited for this, and leads you having to apply for jobs against people who have better suited degrees. I know from my year a lot of people have ended up in research type jobs and/or doing masters degrees. A few of us have gone into vet med as graduates. And others have changed direction entirely, such as teaching (most because they failed to find jobs they wanted in an animal type field).

One last comment, you mentioned in your last post about animal physiotherapy - animal science def won't lead onto that. To be an animal physio you need to first do a human physio degree and then add on courses to be an animal physio.

Sorry if I sounds negative...hope it is some help.
Thanks for the advice! Just firmed my offer today and now thinking I should ring ucas and decline it instead... Unfortunately this degree doesnt look like its the one for me!
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heey i was woundering about what vet med course did you go onto, because i have been trying to get onto veternary but didnt have the gcse's for it and i have just been accepted for animal science hoping to go onto vet course? and what gcse's did you have?
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Hey all,
Looking at doing an Animal Science degree at Paington and was just wondering if anyone here has done it or if not if anyone has any ideas on what careers are available for me to continue onto. I would love to go into animal disease research but I haven't fully decided on what I want to do. Any advice or suggestions will be greatly appreciated!
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Hello people! Please ignore that this is irrelevant to the topic but I have just made a facebook page so that people doing animal sciences degrees can talk in one place and find each other https://www.facebook.com/Educationforanimalscience2014 Please like and share it! Many thanks
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Hi I just read your post from a few years ago about how you moved from animal science to veterinary medicine and was wondering how you did that and whether it is still possible?
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Hi I just read your post from a few years ago about how you moved from animal science to veterinary medicine and was wondering how you did that and whether it is still possible?
oh I really want to know too!!
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You can't theoretically 'move/transfer' from animal science to veterinary. You would have to drop out of your current degree and get accepted into first year of the veterinary science degree, some people do this, but be aware you're not directly transferring from degree to degree and you still have to go through the interview process etc as a normal applicant would.
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(Original post by kookabura)
I also did Animal Science at Nottingham, and has used it to move onto a veterinary medicine degree.

Whilst it is quite a broad degree, has quite a lot of scope (esp in 2nd and 3rd years) to pick certain modules you want to do, I would say make sure you want to do this. I don't mean in specific this degree, but in general, far too many people end up falling into a course without being definate it is what they want to do and 3 years can be a long time if you don't enjoy it. Also, whilst it means missing the tuition fee rise, that is no benefit if you end up not liking what you are doing...and potentially drop out. Sorry, this probably sounds negative, but make sure you are defiantly happy with the route you take. Whilst an animal science degree may lead you into jobs in the NHS, there are definatly routes which would be better suited for this, and leads you having to apply for jobs against people who have better suited degrees. I know from my year a lot of people have ended up in research type jobs and/or doing masters degrees. A few of us have gone into vet med as graduates. And others have changed direction entirely, such as teaching (most because they failed to find jobs they wanted in an animal type field).

One last comment, you mentioned in your last post about animal physiotherapy - animal science def won't lead onto that. To be an animal physio you need to first do a human physio degree and then add on courses to be an animal physio.

Sorry if I sounds negative...hope it is some help.
hello I'm in year 12 in September and have to take BTEC double combined science which is equivalent to two a levels. I really want to do vet med but i needed to do separate single A levels but i wasn't aloud due to low grades. To become a vet i have been told to take animal science after this and then apply for vet med.Is this a bad idea ?
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