Veterinary Work experienceWatch
You can take Zoology, or a new subject Bioveterinary Science, both of which are three year courses and come out with a BSc in either of those subjects. You can then apply to study Veterinary Science where you will study four three (or four) years, rather than five. The typical offer of A Levels are BBC/BBB or above with Biology to get onto each of these courses. This is just another way, longer, but you don't need to have your string of A's - this doesn't mean you shouldn't work your butt off. I have contacted the dept. of Zoology at Liverpool university and this is confirmed.
Universities don't just look for two years work experience in one Veterinary Practice, they look for four weeks minimum, which should be two weeks in two different practices, farm work, abbatoir work, work with birds, zoo work, pet shop etc. Obviously you don't need to do all of this but a varied list of work experience placements are essential as it shows you are dedicated and determined - and you have an idea of what the course involves.
AABB is absolutely fantastic, Dom, but do you have all the work experience, and, did you interview well? Those of you who haven't had an interview (like myself, I have a friend who was rejected from Bristol, but just got into Liverpool ) should know that they ask a variety of questions, for example, they will ask for your opinion on animal rights issues such as animal testing, tail docking etc. and will ask about things such as mastitis in ewes or cows, foot and mouth, BSE etc, etc. The list is endless. This shows that you know about current issues and the news. For example, this years crisis with cat TB.
Hope this helps. I haven't started my AS Levels yet, but I've done a heck of a lot of research into universities and work experience. Just don't give up, you can get there eventually.
With the predicted grades you have its possible that some unis will not offer, lets hope you exceed expectations and when you reapply things should be better.
Its hard to guage where offers will come from, I was rejected by Bristol after interview, rejected by Edin without interview, but received offers from Cam (AAA) and RVC (AAB).