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    -What advice and/or regrets do they have? What would they want to pass on to the next generation of vets?
    -What made them choose mixed practice? What are the pros/cons/benefits/challenges? How does it differ from 'unmixed' practice?
    -If they are willing to share it, try and get an idea for the business side. Costs, expenses, markups, losses, overhead (esp mixed practice), etc. More of importance in your later years but something that is not necessarily "taught" in school but is important
    -opinions on strengths/weaknesses of students from different schools that have done work experience with them? And/or university life and the teaching program/methods of different schools? (I'm not saying their opinions will be anything more than that-THEIR OPINIONS but you can get an idea for trends and how their opinions mesh with yours.)
    -Where do they see the vet profession heading in the next 5-10 years?
    -If truly mixed, maybe try discussing biosecurity and what measures they take?
    -read up on 'current events' in the vet med world.
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    Got to play with some tapirs today Got totally soaked working outside all day (well, it is a bank holiday, of course it was going to rain :rolleyes:), but it was so worth it
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    (Original post by Little Tail Chaser)
    Got to play with some tapirs today Got totally soaked working outside all day (well, it is a bank holiday, of course it was going to rain :rolleyes:), but it was so worth it
    So cute!! How long are you at your zoo placement for? I can't wait to start mine!


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    (Original post by KateLivesey)
    So cute!! How long are you at your zoo placement for? I can't wait to start mine!


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    They're 300kg of pure adorableness :love: . We cleaned out their swimming pool (which was super fun ngl, and the zookeepers are AMAZING I have no idea how they manage to keep so much information into their little noggins. I learned so much )

    I'm only here for a week sadly. I wish it were longer, but over the weekend I'm going camping, then I'm at an exotics vet for a day and then I'm back at school (boo!).

    When are you off to a zoo?
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    (Original post by Little Tail Chaser)
    They're 300kg of pure adorableness :love: . We cleaned out their swimming pool (which was super fun ngl, and the zookeepers are AMAZING I have no idea how they manage to keep so much information into their little noggins. I learned so much )

    I'm only here for a week sadly. I wish it were longer, but over the weekend I'm going camping, then I'm at an exotics vet for a day and then I'm back at school (boo!).

    When are you off to a zoo?
    Ooh the exotic vet will be interesting I'm going to one for a week in October! I have an internship for three months starting in April, so quite a while away but it'll still be great. I'm on the rhino section which should be good!


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    Ooh the exotic vet will be interesting I'm going to one for a week in October! I have an internship for three months starting in April, so quite a while away but it'll still be great. I'm on the rhino section which should be good!


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    You sound like you're busy, that's great ! That three months will be amazing. We don't have rhinos where I am, I'm so jealous I hope you have a wonderful time
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    Hi I am a veterinary nurse 2015 hopeful! I've been working as a pet shop assistant for a year in a reptile and aquatic specialist centre and that's been really awesome! I've also worked as an animal care assistant -on work experience- at a small animal practice and I will be starting a 6 week placement at another veterinary centre next week, but I will be going every Tuesday from September - July which will total up at 6 weeks eventually lol. I've also got an 8 day work experience at a zoo where I've fed Tapiars, Bears, handled Meerkats and fed tigers! It was brilliant! Is anyone else hoping for vet nursing? I have my heart set on Nottingham Trent!

    I've been studying the Level 3 Diploma in Animal Management and for my first year I achieved a distinction so i'm hoping for the same in year 2!
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    (Original post by indianajones96)
    just wondering if anyone knows if can you enter into vet medicine after completing a vet nursing degree at a college? do you have to have a specific grade upon completing the course?
    thanks,
    Definitely! You could even start off doing the Foundation degree for vet nursing before doing the honours degree. Although it could be a lot of schooling.

    My local vet used to be a veterinary nurse before being a surgeon, she didn't go back to university to complete a medicine course she learned whilst she was there by practicing small procedures beforehand! I'm going to start off as a veterinary nurse because I love the caring side of the job and focusing my attention on ensuring the animals are coping before, during and after surgery and ensuring they recover efficiently. I am also keen on surgery as it is very fascinating and since my work experience I have become more interested in it, so wouldn't mind working my way up to being a surgeon!
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    (Original post by Jamie_11_x)
    Definitely! You could even start off doing the Foundation degree for vet nursing before doing the honours degree. Although it could be a lot of schooling.

    My local vet used to be a veterinary nurse before being a surgeon, she didn't go back to university to complete a medicine course she learned whilst she was there by practicing small procedures beforehand! I'm going to start off as a veterinary nurse because I love the caring side of the job and focusing my attention on ensuring the animals are coping before, during and after surgery and ensuring they recover efficiently. I am also keen on surgery as it is very fascinating and since my work experience I have become more interested in it, so wouldn't mind working my way up to being a surgeon!
    I'm not quite sure where you have got the information from in your second paragraph, but it isn't correct.

    The only way to legally be allowed to work as a veterinary surgeon in the UK is to have completed a veterinary degree which is accepted by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons for membership. A veterinary nurse can follow on to do a veterinary medicine degree and then become a member of the RCVS as a vet - but will still have various entry requirements to fulfill to apply to uni to do that degree (which I assume is what the original poster was asking about).

    There is no way a veterinary nurse could just learn how to become a veterinary surgeon by practicing procedures. What vets and vet nurses are allowed to do is very tightly regulated. Qualified vet nurses are allowed to perform some procedures, but it is set out what they are legally allowed to do (and not to do), they are not allowed to perform many of the procedures that a vet is allowed to do.

    In terms of what you are saying you would like to do - by all means become a vet nurse if that is what you want to do. But to become a vet you will need to return to uni and do a 5 year degree there (and have the required alevels etc as well). You won't just be able to 'work your way up' to being a surgeon. Nurses all allowed to assist in surgery - scrubbing to help hold/pass things etc. They are also allowed to do some very basic surgery - which doesn't enter the body - such as a wound stitch up or tail amputation, but other than that you will be limited to what surgery you can do as a nurse.

    I'm just saying all this so you are clear on what the roles are and that whilst some nurses do become vets - this isn't a normal career progression and will involve retraining, not just working your way up. If your aim is to be a vet, it is much quicker and cheaper to head down that route to start with!
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    Hey everyone

    Anyone considering applying to Surrey? Get in touch if you are, I have many mixed opinions :/

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    also guys

    im a potential applicant for cambridge - do you think i stand a chance with 85% UMS average on my science AS exams and loads of extra stuff ive done (3 gold crest awards for 3 research projects type of stuff etc?)

    please help i have no clue where i should apply
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    (Original post by kookabura)
    I'm not quite sure where you have got the information from in your second paragraph, but it isn't correct.

    The only way to legally be allowed to work as a veterinary surgeon in the UK is to have completed a veterinary degree which is accepted by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons for membership. A veterinary nurse can follow on to do a veterinary medicine degree and then become a member of the RCVS as a vet - but will still have various entry requirements to fulfill to apply to uni to do that degree (which I assume is what the original poster was asking about).

    There is no way a veterinary nurse could just learn how to become a veterinary surgeon by practicing procedures. What vets and vet nurses are allowed to do is very tightly regulated. Qualified vet nurses are allowed to perform some procedures, but it is set out what they are legally allowed to do (and not to do), they are not allowed to perform many of the procedures that a vet is allowed to do.

    In terms of what you are saying you would like to do - by all means become a vet nurse if that is what you want to do. But to become a vet you will need to return to uni and do a 5 year degree there (and have the required alevels etc as well). You won't just be able to 'work your way up' to being a surgeon. Nurses all allowed to assist in surgery - scrubbing to help hold/pass things etc. They are also allowed to do some very basic surgery - which doesn't enter the body - such as a wound stitch up or tail amputation, but other than that you will be limited to what surgery you can do as a nurse.

    I'm just saying all this so you are clear on what the roles are and that whilst some nurses do become vets - this isn't a normal career progression and will involve retraining, not just working your way up. If your aim is to be a vet, it is much quicker and cheaper to head down that route to start with!

    I know the difference, I know you have to study a degree in medicine to legally be able to diagnose and perform. I have studied the veterinary surgeons act for an exam at college.

    I was simply passing on a story that I heard from my local vets, maybe they meant she gained an interest and went to university but it wasn't construed that way.

    Furthermore, veterinary nursing and surgeons are completely different career paths and both are thoroughly rewarding, however I believe nursing is the way forward for me. I do not doubt my surgical abilities I love surgical procedures I find them fascinating
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    (Original post by Jamie_11_x)
    I know the difference, I know you have to study a degree in medicine to legally be able to diagnose and perform. I have studied the veterinary surgeons act for an exam at college.

    I was simply passing on a story that I heard from my local vets, maybe they meant she gained an interest and went to university but it wasn't construed that way.

    Furthermore, veterinary nursing and surgeons are completely different career paths and both are thoroughly rewarding, however I believe nursing is the way forward for me. I do not doubt my surgical abilities I love surgical procedures I find them fascinating
    Ok - glad you know what you want to do. I was just confused by your original post that made it seem like you knew someone, and were hoping yourself, to progress to being a vet without having to do a vet degree - glad you realised that isn't the case.

    The person that you know must have done a vet degree, or is not a vet. Or, maybe, as still unfortunately happens in some vets, it actually performing work outside of her remit. I have come across practices whilst on placement when nurses do perform work they are not legally allowed to do, which may well end up confusing some students/work experience students etc!
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    Hi there, new to all this, I'm a vet med hopeful that's currently studying biomedicine at UEA (now going to start my 3rd year).
    I was wondering if anyone might be able to offer me any advice on where to /where not to apply as a graduate: I've spoken to some of the uni's and although some are very helpful, other's are sending me in circles with regards to fees etc!
    I'm definitely going for RVC accelerated and Cambridge affiliated but not sure quite where else yet?
    Any advice anyone could give would be hugely appreciate please Thank you xx
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    (Original post by kookabura)
    Ok - glad you know what you want to do. I was just confused by your original post that made it seem like you knew someone, and were hoping yourself, to progress to being a vet without having to do a vet degree - glad you realised that isn't the case.

    The person that you know must have done a vet degree, or is not a vet. Or, maybe, as still unfortunately happens in some vets, it actually performing work outside of her remit. I have come across practices whilst on placement when nurses do perform work they are not legally allowed to do, which may well end up confusing some students/work experience students etc!
    These cases appear to be less rare then at first sight then...
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    (Original post by Jamie_11_x)
    These cases appear to be less rare then at first sight then...
    Pretty rare. And illegal.

    The nurse risks being struck off (assuming she is qualified), and the vet who she is working with/knows also risks being struck off.
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    Just thought I'd make a quick post to anyone who's applying this year and wants any help or wants to ask any questions about the application process etc - I finally got in this year after taking a gap year and am more than happy to give any advice I can, even though it might be a bit limited compared to some other people!
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    For anyone that's applying for next year or anyone taking a gap year I'm happy to offer advice. Also people who are looking at gap year ideas I'm an ambassador for an amazing pre-vet experience in South Africa which is based on shamwari game reserve, if anyone is interested just ask for more info!


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    (Original post by Lizziefickling)
    For anyone that's applying for next year or anyone taking a gap year I'm happy to offer advice. Also people who are looking at gap year ideas I'm an ambassador for an amazing pre-vet experience in South Africa which is based on shamwari game reserve, if anyone is interested just ask for more info!


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    Congrats on getting into Liverpool -saw your post on 2014 thread - yes please.. Tell me/us more about the SA provision. I am applying again and want to add an overseas experience to my 2015 application. Many thanks. Vh
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    (Original post by Youngvet)
    Congrats on getting into Liverpool -saw your post on 2014 thread - yes please.. Tell me/us more about the SA provision. I am applying again and want to add an overseas experience to my 2015 application. Many thanks. Vh
    I just wanted to highlight that you don't need any exotic/foreign placement to be a successful vet appplicant. Make sure you have all the basics covered in the UK first before going abroad. By all means I know a lot of people who got some great experiences doing stuff abroad and if you can go you will probably have a good time. However, it won't give you advantage over other students who've not gone abroad (since it would be unfair for unis to discriminate against those students who can't afford it and the UK course is mostly based on UK vet work rather than focusing on game reserves etc.).
 
 
 
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