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    (Original post by Little Tail Chaser)
    To be honest, I don't have a clue how the limit works. I imagine that it's only in place so that people don't try to include work they did ages ago ("I did an 'Own a Pony Day' when I was nine! Give me a place on the course!"). I think it also helps to make it a bit fairer on people who don't come from an animal-y background or who only recently decided which course they wanted to apply for ("I grew up on a dairy farm, I've owned dogs and cats all my life, as well as a horse for ten years. My dad is a vet, so I've been going there for six years. I also have my own dog walking business and have worked at every kennel within a two hour drive of my home. In my free time I breed rabbits. Give me a place on the course!")

    I assume that most people on the thread, including myself, are counting their total WEx, not just what they've done since October. I don't even know if two years is the limit, maybe it's three, maybe it's four, maybe there isn't one; I imagine it varies between universities. When applying I'd mention anything seen, regardless of when it was (unless told otherwise, of course). You'll probably have to put down dates, and you have actually been to placements so it's not like you'd be lying, trying to tell them that you have more WEx than you really do. If they count it, they count it. If not, then you haven't lost anything. All most WEx is great anyway. You have seen plenty of fascinating things already. You've probably seen some procedures that even 2013 apps haven't. I imagine that at interviews you'll be asked about more recent placements, but still, the stuff you're doing now will really help to set you apart from the rest!

    So, to attempt to answer your questions; I have no idea whether or not WEx from before October 2012 it will count for the 2015 apps when it comes to application time, but if I compare what I've done in total to everyone else's totals then I'm way behind .You won't be wasting your time at all, quantity of placements is one thing, quality is equally, if not more, important. Hopefully this summer you'll see some interesting things, and if you're lucky you'll be able to nab some more contacts for later.



    What was your dad at the vet for? And does your friend want to be a vet too?

    Sorry for the extreme wall of text! I tend to ramble on a bit... hopefully it all makes sense. Anyway, I'm not sure how often I'll be able to get online until June because of exams and such, so in case I'm not back until then I wanted to wish everyone on this brilliant thread the best of luck for any exams they may be taking. You're all intelligent people, you'll be fine. Do yourselves proud.
    Ohhh ok! Thank you so much haha! That made perfect sense, thank you so much haha! It is quality over quantity in the end, so as long as I have enough to show I'm dedicated, it comes down to how much I have learnt from them. Thank you so much for replying with that, that must of taken a while. I've been asking quite a bit about this, I just got rather confused but I'll make sure to date all the work experience I have done
    Oh my dad wasn't at the vets all morning, sorry for my bad grammar! I meant I had been at the vets, doing work experience, all morning! My dad picked me up
    He would hate to spend a morning in a vets, he's allergic to animals! My mum doesn't like animals and I think my brother is scared of them, or he just doesn't go near them! Sadly I don't have a rather animal-y(?) family! Mum is terrified of anything smaller then a rabbit as well So no mice or gerbils for me, or guinnea pigs :rolleyes:
    My friend wants to be a farmer, I always ask him questions about farmy stuff, although he works on a sheep farm he seems to know everything about any animal!
    Good luck on all your exams, I'm sure you won't need it though! And to everyone else too! I hope you get all the results you wanted!
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    Aww exams sound scary!

    Aaaah! That makes so much sense now! Kinda sucks because of what I have already done and booked for the summer, which actually isn't much haha! So if your first placement was in June last year, and people stared before you, would that work experience count? I seem to be asking a lot of questions, sorry! I annoyed my dad today by asking him questions about everything he did after being in the vets all morning. I just get into a question-y mood!
    I'm not actually sure how many ewes they have, I remember asking my friend but I guess it went in one ear and out the other :rolleyes: I've mostly talked about the cattery with him I guess!
    When I applied to Liverpool, they counted the last 3 years as "recent", and had a separate part for "recent" stuff compared to past stuff over 3 years ago. Each uni will have different requirements, and Liv's may have changed since I applied. Generally speaking, work experience up to 2-3 years is most useful to you - anything older and you are likely to have forgotten things even if you wrote down notes, to be honest. HOWEVER, starting work experience early is beneficial for you in terms of gaining contacts who are likely to take you again in future (including for your vet school placements), practising skills, and being able to talk about (possibly) more things at interview.

    I would aim for 10+ weeks of recent work exp. for most unis, and at least 15+ recent for Liverpool (look up their website - if you meet their minimum of 10 weeks in the establishments they ask for, you will meet everyone elses). Don't listen to people who say quality over quantity; if you don't meet the unis minimum then you are risking an outright rejection no matter how much they were quality wise!

    Hope this is a good guide. The more work experience the better. To see an example of my work exp. as a first time applicant,view my profile. Look at the variety that I had, as well as quantity.
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    I would aim for 10+ weeks of recent work exp. for most unis, and at least 15+ recent for Liverpool (look up their website - if you meet their minimum of 10 weeks in the establishments they ask for, you will meet everyone elses). Don't listen to people who say quality over quantity; if you don't meet the unis minimum then you are risking an outright rejection no matter how much they were quality wise!

    Hope this is a good guide. The more work experience the better. To see an example of my work exp. as a first time applicant,view my profile. Look at the variety that I had, as well as quantity.
    I was implying variety when I said quality over quantity. Sorry, should have been more specific . All I meant was there's no use having 150 weeks at a SA vet (with no other placements) if you do/see the same things every time you go. I didn't mean to mislead anyone, apologies.
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    (Original post by SilverstarDJ)
    When I applied to Liverpool, they counted the last 3 years as "recent", and had a separate part for "recent" stuff compared to past stuff over 3 years ago. Each uni will have different requirements, and Liv's may have changed since I applied. Generally speaking, work experience up to 2-3 years is most useful to you - anything older and you are likely to have forgotten things even if you wrote down notes, to be honest. HOWEVER, starting work experience early is beneficial for you in terms of gaining contacts who are likely to take you again in future (including for your vet school placements), practising skills, and being able to talk about (possibly) more things at interview.

    I would aim for 10+ weeks of recent work exp. for most unis, and at least 15+ recent for Liverpool (look up their website - if you meet their minimum of 10 weeks in the establishments they ask for, you will meet everyone elses). Don't listen to people who say quality over quantity; if you don't meet the unis minimum then you are risking an outright rejection no matter how much they were quality wise!

    Hope this is a good guide. The more work experience the better. To see an example of my work exp. as a first time applicant,view my profile. Look at the variety that I had, as well as quantity.
    Ok, thank you very much! I will just keep going to placemnents every chance I get till I apply then! And after! I'll aim for the variety and amount you had, I'm amazed! Especially with the abroad work you did, that must of been really interesting! I'll make sure I date everything too, I have been thankfully and even if I hadn't, forutunately, I have kept all the emails.
    Thank you very much for all this information, I'm really glad I joined this thread as I honestly had no clue at all about applying beforehand!
    I better start booking more work experience!
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    (Original post by Little Tail Chaser)
    I was implying variety when I said quality over quantity. Sorry, should have been more specific . All I meant was there's no use having 150 weeks at a SA vet (with no other placements) if you do/see the same things every time you go. I didn't mean to mislead anyone, apologies.
    I wasn't directing that comment at you in particular!! Was just trying to dispel rumours that might come about. But you are spot on that you need to see other things.


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    Ok, thank you very much! I will just keep going to placemnents every chance I get till I apply then! And after! I'll aim for the variety and amount you had, I'm amazed! Especially with the abroad work you did, that must of been really interesting! I'll make sure I date everything too, I have been thankfully and even if I hadn't, forutunately, I have kept all the emails.
    Thank you very much for all this information, I'm really glad I joined this thread as I honestly had no clue at all about applying beforehand!
    I better start booking more work experience!
    The key to getting lots of placements and variety is:

    I was lucky that, for most of my placements, I could get to by waling/bus/train/taxi from home. However, for some I had to stay at a family friend's house to get to a placement. At uni I couldn't find a lambing placements, so I went to stay with a farm. So, don't be afraid of looking further afield and staying at friends/B&B/farm if there isn't a specific placement local to you.

    Book early! And send a reminder before you come to remind them of you if you've booked way in advanced. Some of the vets had a 12month waiting list, and my zoo placement had a 24month waiting list!

    If you fail, try again. Lots of people will say 'no' for a variety of reasons but for every call that fails, carry on trying and you might get somewhere. For lambing that I had to do for uni (the most difficult placement to book for me to date), I called up in excess of 30 farms to try to find one who was lambing during my Easter break or who weren't all booked up.

    You may need to give up holidays, weekends etc. The summer before I applied, I didn't go on any family holidays or had any time off as I was filling in my work experience. Also, I worked at placement for half/a full Saturday during term time for a few years (it soon adds up!)

    A flexible part time job can help with costs - during sixth form I worked a minimum of two evenings a week which funded my taxi/bus passes for the majority of my placements.

    My abroad work was in the EU, at a regular small animal vet practise not very different to a small practice in the UK. They only difference I saw was tail docking of non-working dogs (illegal here, but was legal there/not enforced when I went). I only did work abroad as the majority of my family live there and I am also multilingual so could understand what was going on. I wanted to see my family, but needed work exp. at the same time, so that's why I went there. Working abroad is not essential - the UK vet schools want you to have a working knowledge of UK-based systems

    Any more advise, please quote me / post a new thread / PM me
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    Thank you SilverstarDJ! Those tips were really helpful! For a lot of farm placements I'm going to visit my grandma, who lives near, and knows, lots of farmers. Luckily she lives in one of those villages where everyone knows everyone! I also managed to get a placement at a small animal vets every saturday, it's only three hours every week but, as you said, it will mount up! Those tips were very helpful, thank you so much for all your help, both of your replies helped a lot.
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    Back at the vet today . I found a lump on one of my rats' back legs last night so made an appointment ASAP. Once there, the vet found another lump on her other leg, but unfortunately he doesn't know what the problem is. Most likely it's a swollen lymph node or cancerous mammary tissue, but neither would be a textbook case. Apparently if it was a lymph node you'd expect all of the nodes up one side of her body to be larger rather than two opposite each other, and if it was neoplasia then it would be expected for one lump to be a lot larger than the other, which isn't the case.

    He's prescribed Baytril (although it's easier said than done to get that foul tasting stuff into a wriggling ratty . Gonna need some mashed potato or Dairylea to hide the taste methinks ), with instructions to keep an eye on the size of the lumps. We'll take her back Friday.

    On the plus side, I've got some more WEx sorted (two weeks at that very practice), but it's little consolation.
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    (Original post by Little Tail Chaser)
    Back at the vet today . I found a lump on one of my rats' back legs last night so made an appointment ASAP. Once there, the vet found another lump on her other leg, but unfortunately he doesn't know what the problem is. Most likely it's a swollen lymph node or cancerous mammary tissue, but neither would be a textbook case. Apparently if it was a lymph node you'd expect all of the nodes up one side of her body to be larger rather than two opposite each other, and if it was neoplasia then it would be expected for one lump to be a lot larger than the other, which isn't the case.

    He's prescribed Baytril (although it's easier said than done to get that foul tasting stuff into a wriggling ratty . Gonna need some mashed potato or Dairylea to hide the taste methinks ), with instructions to keep an eye on the size of the lumps. We'll take her back Friday.

    On the plus side, I've got some more WEx sorted (two weeks at that very practice), but it's little consolation.
    Sorry I've been quiet this week was stuffed with exams, and aww that's terrible hopefully it isn't malignant tell us how you get on, wish them get well soon! Walter isn't a fan of the ol baytril we used to break open his treats and squirt it in aha it fooled him for a while

    And well done on the wex front, that's excellent is that the exotic vets then? Anyway well done ill try my best to reply on here just studying has been interfering but my exams are quite spread out now so I should be more capable


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    Sorry I've been quiet this week was stuffed with exams, and aww that's terrible hopefully it isn't malignant tell us how you get on, wish them get well soon! Walter isn't a fan of the ol baytril we used to break open his treats and squirt it in aha it fooled him for a while

    And well done on the wex front, that's excellent is that the exotic vets then? Anyway well done ill try my best to reply on here just studying has been interfering but my exams are quite spread out now so I should be more capable


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    Oh yeah, how have your exams been? My first one is on Tuesday... eeek!

    Yep, that is the exotics vet There's always something interesting in there, today there were my ratties, a guinea pig and even a bearded dragon along with two adorable springer spaniel puppies, so that should be fun come July .

    Not good news about Rinny rat I'm afraid . The vet still isn't certain what's wrong with her, but it seems most likely that they're some sort of tumours as they've almost doubled in size despite the Baytril. What's worse is that he is going away for a week, so he can't do surgery on her until after next week. He's the only exotics specialist in the area, and the locum that they're bringing in to replace him for a week isn't very ratty apparently. It's a dilemma, should I let her have surgery ASAP, while running the risk of her being operated on by people who don't deal with rats often/don't know her history, or should I wait a bit for the vet that I would trust with my life to return, at the risk of the tumours spreading? To be honest tumours are common as muck in rats (just fingers crossed it's not malignant as you say), but the prospect of her being operated on by people who aren't really rat experts terrifies me. They can be under anaesthetic for such a short space of time, so it's really best to have someone who knows exactly what they're doing. I'm sure that the other vet will be more than capable, but Stan is the exotics specialist for a reason. Pretty much all of the exotics cases in the area come to him, the other vets rarely get a look in.

    Thankfully she doesn't appear to be in pain at all, she was boggling her little heart out a few minutes ago because I was tickling her under the chin :love: , but it's an awful situation to be in.
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    Hello peeps. I've been gone a bit recently- busy with looming exams and vet elections Hows everyone feeling for their exams?
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    Hello peeps. I've been gone a bit recently- busy with looming exams and vet elections Hows everyone feeling for their exams?
    Nervous .

    Good luck for your exams. Not that you need it, I'm sure you'll be just fine . What are the elections for?
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    (Original post by Little Tail Chaser)
    Nervous .

    Good luck for your exams. Not that you need it, I'm sure you'll be just fine . What are the elections for?
    Veterinary Society positions
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    (Original post by Little Tail Chaser)
    Oh yeah, how have your exams been? My first one is on Tuesday... eeek!

    Yep, that is the exotics vet There's always something interesting in there, today there were my ratties, a guinea pig and even a bearded dragon along with two adorable springer spaniel puppies, so that should be fun come July .

    Not good news about Rinny rat I'm afraid . The vet still isn't certain what's wrong with her, but it seems most likely that they're some sort of tumours as they've almost doubled in size despite the Baytril. What's worse is that he is going away for a week, so he can't do surgery on her until after next week. He's the only exotics specialist in the area, and the locum that they're bringing in to replace him for a week isn't very ratty apparently. It's a dilemma, should I let her have surgery ASAP, while running the risk of her being operated on by people who don't deal with rats often/don't know her history, or should I wait a bit for the vet that I would trust with my life to return, at the risk of the tumours spreading? To be honest tumours are common as muck in rats (just fingers crossed it's not malignant as you say), but the prospect of her being operated on by people who aren't really rat experts terrifies me. They can be under anaesthetic for such a short space of time, so it's really best to have someone who knows exactly what they're doing. I'm sure that the other vet will be more than capable, but Stan is the exotics specialist for a reason. Pretty much all of the exotics cases in the area come to him, the other vets rarely get a look in.

    Thankfully she doesn't appear to be in pain at all, she was boggling her little heart out a few minutes ago because I was tickling her under the chin :love: , but it's an awful situation to be in.
    My exams have been going quite well, I'm half way through them and the rest are pretty spread out so that's good for studying and best of luck!! What exam is it?

    That's great you've got that! That will surely be a bounty of knowledge and fun - hope you enjoy it!

    Oh no! Poor Rinny Aw man, that is an awful dilemma, when things go wrong they all seem to do so at once don't they. Ugh that's a shame, Walter and I send our thoughts What do you think you will do then? Well hopefully they are benign, as you know they're extremely common so I'm sure she will be okay! Aw that's so cute, I will get them one day! Ahaha! Anyway good luck for your exams and get well soon Rinny!

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    Hello peeps. I've been gone a bit recently- busy with looming exams and vet elections Hows everyone feeling for their exams?
    Bonjour mine have went quite well on the whole hoping I do well but having to wait three months (exactly from today I believe) is going to be torturous, how did you lot do that when applying for uni good luck with your exams, I'm sure you will ace them haha and what position are you applying for? Good luck with that too



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    Bonjour mine have went quite well on the whole hoping I do well but having to wait three months (exactly from today I believe) is going to be torturous, how did you lot do that when applying for uni good luck with your exams, I'm sure you will ace them haha and what position are you applying for? Good luck with that too
    How did we wait for results??? Applying and waiting for university decisions is pretty horrible.. must say. Although my last ever A level exams I had a CCC gateway offer as well as my main firmed liverpool offer and I knew that I could pretty much not sit some of the exams and still be at vet school. Those were some of the most chilled exams I ever sat! Now being at vet school.. exams come one after the other.. but I don't feel quite as much pressure as A level.. there's too many exams :P. Plus here we only wait about a month to get results e.g. I finish exams on the 31st May and we get results sometime in the first week or so of July and then resit exams are in August (yes you can resit vet exams, only once though).

    I hope I ace them :P. I've been revising non stop since about the 22nd March, my exams start on the 21st May.. there's something wrong if I don't do somewhat well in these I think :P. I applied for secretary. Don't think I'll get it though because there are people with more vet course friends than me running. Cons of having all non-vet housemates .
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    Hello!
    I've spent today trying to book work experience for summer. A LA vet said I could come when I turn 16, which I thought would happen as that isn't the first time I've been told to email/call back when I'm 16. I called them though, which was actually easier then email, which im suprised about as I've been nervous calling! I called a kennels but nobody picked up, I'll call back tomorrow though! I got a cattery placement from my friend for every sunday! Wooo! Pretty happy as then I will have the RDA, my saturdays at the vets and sundays at the cattery as long term placements! I'm visiting them on wednesday just to meet them as it's their least busy day. Problem is I've just realised I can't go for a week sundays, like 4 or 5, as I have my rwanda trip and duke of edinburgh stuff. I hope they will understand, I'm pretty nervous about that though.
    How is everyone then? I'm trying to think of ideas for placements I can call up for the summer, as I think it's unlikely that farms will take me at 15? I will try though! Whatever free weeks I haven't booked I'll probably ask the cattery or the vets if I can go!
    On another note, I started jumping position at horseriding!!! Wooo! Finally feel like I'm catching up with where I would be if I hadn't completely lost all my confidence a year or two ago after a bad fall! Oh and in biology we disected a kidney...which I got kinda tooo into. My friends stood at the other side of the table while I hacked away towards the end. It did smell pretty bad
    I feel I have rambled...sorry!
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    Hello!
    I've spent today trying to book work experience for summer. A LA vet said I could come when I turn 16, which I thought would happen as that isn't the first time I've been told to email/call back when I'm 16. I called them though, which was actually easier then email, which im suprised about as I've been nervous calling! I called a kennels but nobody picked up, I'll call back tomorrow though! I got a cattery placement from my friend for every sunday! Wooo! Pretty happy as then I will have the RDA, my saturdays at the vets and sundays at the cattery as long term placements! I'm visiting them on wednesday just to meet them as it's their least busy day. Problem is I've just realised I can't go for a week sundays, like 4 or 5, as I have my rwanda trip and duke of edinburgh stuff. I hope they will understand, I'm pretty nervous about that though.
    How is everyone then? I'm trying to think of ideas for placements I can call up for the summer, as I think it's unlikely that farms will take me at 15? I will try though! Whatever free weeks I haven't booked I'll probably ask the cattery or the vets if I can go!
    On another note, I started jumping position at horseriding!!! Wooo! Finally feel like I'm catching up with where I would be if I hadn't completely lost all my confidence a year or two ago after a bad fall! Oh and in biology we disected a kidney...which I got kinda tooo into. My friends stood at the other side of the table while I hacked away towards the end. It did smell pretty bad
    I feel I have rambled...sorry!
    Well done on getting another long term placement! Large Animal vets wouldn't take me before 16 either but I got farm placements whilst I was 15 so it's definitely worth a try!
    I didn't know that you ride to! Yay a fellow horse rider and well done on building your confidence back up! Everything's more fun when you can start jumping again!


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    Well done on getting another long term placement! Large Animal vets wouldn't take me before 16 either but I got farm placements whilst I was 15 so it's definitely worth a try!
    I didn't know that you ride to! Yay a fellow horse rider and well done on building your confidence back up! Everything's more fun when you can start jumping again!


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    Ooh yay! I love horseriding, although I need a LOT more practice... :rolleyes: The cattery own two horses and she said that she wants someone who can hack out with her, so when I said I wasn't sure I was good enough as I've only been riding for about 4-5 years she said that's plenty time! I'm pretty excited to be honest!
    That's great! I hope I can find a farm willing to take me, and close enough for mum and dad to take me. I probably will take the bus though I got hold of the kennels but their insurance only covers over 18's, understandable but still sucks I'll just have to keep calling up placements!
    How are exams going?
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    Ugh, Biology exam today was not fun. Chemistry ATP and multi choice tomorrow, followed by phys ATP on Thurs. Kill me .
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    My exams start on Monday ugh 3 in the first day is not going to be fun. It's safe to say I am stressing!


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    My first exam is next Wednesday: English reading, and then two on friday.. We finished school today, with our leavers assembly and presents it was so emotional.. everyone cried
 
 
 
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