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    Hey I thought I'd create a thread for us 2015 Vet Med applicants (I know this is very early but who cares the earlier the better! :P). So this would concern current 4th years (for us Scots), year 11s in England and Wales and year 12s in Northern Ireland (correct me if I'm wrong ) and any graduate or re-applicant. Anybody out there interested in vet med, done a lot of work experience etc?

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    Never too early :-) :-) welcome.
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    2016 haha! Almost there I guess!
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    Wow, you're an early bird! Although to be fair I have been stalking these sorts of threads for over a year now so it will be nice to finally have a thread that I can actually contribute to.
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    Hahaha thanks skatealexia and anyone can join in the more the merrier aha haha no that does sound fun! I kind of forgot to properly introduce myself - I'm Craig, Glaswegian and have had my whole life set towards veterinary medicine for as long as I can remember which sounds clichéd but it's true Ahaha! I've done work experience since 2011 working on an urban farm of sorts (not as urban as London mind you) like a petting zoo almost which has farm animals, small and exotic (even a llama!) every Sunday since may 2011. I've also worked at a small vet practice for over a year once a week after school (July 2011-November 2012) but the change in company owner meant a change in policy and being under 16 meant I was unfortunately let go however I have been told to come back when I'm 16 this year which is really nice I did puppy training classes there too! Also I've had work at two stables (one Clydesdales), doing a dairy farm every Saturday for about a month now (really good!!) and about a week of lambing last Easter (might contact them again for this year :L). I've also contacted an animal sanctuary in Stirlingshire if I could go there one time as well as an abattoir haha and a kennel. trying to squeeze more in this year but this is when the exams begin so it may be tricky :P


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    Wow, you have a lot of experience so far, that's incredible! :eek:
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    Hahaha Well you have plenty of time nearly two years till application plus six months after interviews you'll be fine aha but that's good you've decided no matter what stage in life

    I was pretty lucky "the farm" as I call it was the first place I ever asked and I waited about 8 months just to get it (I thought they were just stalling me to forget me but I hung in there aha). They are very nice there and I have learned a hell of a lot from them it's very close too just a 5/10 min drive away (luckily my mum is an early bird too :P). I see the problem with London being such a large city and so dense - animal related work experience isn't the most accessible whereas over here it is just a short drive before you encounter farmland. But that is excellent your doing that - it shows determination and commitment!


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    I'm trying to stay positive because after I have all the 'basics' covered there will be a tonne of interesting places that I could go to (hydrotherapy, research labs etc), which people who live in rural areas might find harder to get. That said, getting the basics has proved to be difficult! I've looked for commercial dairy farms but the nearest one is more than hour away by train and bus so I'm probably going to have to wake up super early in order to get there on time. Hence why I'm leaving dairy until summer, that way I can get early nights! I suppose that living in Glasgow you've got the best of both worlds, farmy stuff as well as ample access to vet practises. Do you live anywhere near the vet school?
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    Yeah I totally agree finding certain places can be a chore and a half (a large animal practice seems to be my downfall haha) but once you get the wheel of work experience rolling other places seem to fall in your hands much faster than they had :L. Glasgow is good in that sense haha the vet school is in bearsden in the west end but I live in the north east of the city however Glasgow isn't that big so of your lucky it would take you about 20 mins to the centre (where glasgows main campus is) and maybe 30/40 mins to the vet school just past it by car. There's quite a few vets near where I live one is literally next to my school haha. What about you with the RVC? And I suppose London must have more diversity in medical practices (small, large, exotic; hydrotherapy centres etc) as opposed to husbandry businesses and the sorts?


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    P.S. the dairy farm I go to I go for a few hours in the afternoon (3 - back of 5) where I do milking and feeding of calves etc they do milking in the morning too but being where they are the afternoon happens to be more beneficial for me (still get my Saturday lie ins) Ahaha


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    (Original post by Little Tail Chaser)
    I've found that too. :yep: Large animal has evaded me thus far, but I'm hoping that my work on stables and on the farm will lead me there. As you say London is quite good for having a variety of different practises (there's an exotics specialist just up the road which is where I take my rats and hens, and I'm hoping to go there for a couple of weeks during summer) but LA practises seem to be impossible to find! I don't live anywhere near the RVC sadly. Camden is located in sort of north central London (if that makes sense ), I live a bit further out and to the west.
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    i'm not surprised you find it hard to find large animal vets, there aren't very many farm vets to begin with and most of them now only take vet students. i have a couple of equine vet contacts near london if you need them where exactly in west london do you live? i did work experience on a working dairy farm in west london [yup, a proper dairy farm. it only has about 60 cows but still really good for experience]. it was a bit of a trek to get there for me but shouldn't be so bad if you live in the west
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    I might post a bit in here as well if that's ok? Think it's a wee bit soon to start a 2016 thread!! :P So far I have a week and a day work experience, not quite as much as you guys but hopefully by next year I will! I have a week in a small animal vets and a days milking. I also volunteer weekly at my local RDA. The milking place I went to said I can go back though, just they are a 7 hour drive away next to my grandmas so I'll have to do it in the holidays! I have a day milking booked but I'm spending it more with the LA vet there and I also have another week at a small animal vet booked and a few days at another small animal vet booked.
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    If you start a 2016 thread, I am officially old :'(. I will have been graduated two months by the time you start then! scary!
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    Haha my teacher said that the other day in music when someone mentioned we were born in 1998. I might wait a year to start a 2016 thread, when I saw the 2015 one I had a mini heart attack, then I just got excited!
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    (Original post by dizzeedollee)
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    i'm not surprised you find it hard to find large animal vets, there aren't very many farm vets to begin with and most of them now only take vet students. i have a couple of equine vet contacts near london if you need them where exactly in west london do you live? i did work experience on a working dairy farm in west london [yup, a proper dairy farm. it only has about 60 cows but still really good for experience]. it was a bit of a trek to get there for me but shouldn't be so bad if you live in the west
    It was you I contacted! :yep: You gave me the contacts for that farm, thanks so much! I just sent you another PM actually, I didn't realise you'd just posted in here

    Ohh, those equine vet contacts would be beyond super duper helpful This forum is so great for vetty people


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    I might post a bit in here as well if that's ok? Think it's a wee bit soon to start a 2016 thread!! :P So far I have a week and a day work experience, not quite as much as you guys but hopefully by next year I will! I have a week in a small animal vets and a days milking. I also volunteer weekly at my local RDA. The milking place I went to said I can go back though, just they are a 7 hour drive away next to my grandmas so I'll have to do it in the holidays! I have a day milking booked but I'm spending it more with the LA vet there and I also have another week at a small animal vet booked and a few days at another small animal vet booked.
    You're more than welcome here As CanineVet said, the more the merrier!
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    (Original post by Hollyheartsgoats)
    Haha my teacher said that the other day in music when someone mentioned we were born in 1998. I might wait a year to start a 2016 thread, when I saw the 2015 one I had a mini heart attack, then I just got excited!
    The other day an 8 year old asked me if 1996 was 'during the war'! :eek:

    I may as well order a zimmerframe now
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    (Original post by Hollyheartsgoats)
    Haha my teacher said that the other day in music when someone mentioned we were born in 1998. I might wait a year to start a 2016 thread, when I saw the 2015 one I had a mini heart attack, then I just got excited!
    1992. One day I'll be too old to warrant haunting this forum :'(. I will no longer be a student!
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    I'll definately be around for the foreseeable future though .
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    (Original post by Little Tail Chaser)
    The other day an 8 year old asked me if 1996 was 'during the war'! :eek:

    I may as well order a zimmerframe now
    Hahahaha that made me giggle! A girl in my history thought Martin Luther King was a rockstar, that was pretty interesting!
 
 
 
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