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    (Original post by CloUpsidedown)
    Aww, thank you

    basically.. what's it like there?

    Is it very equine based as that's what i've heard...

    If i think of any more, i'll come back to you

    I thoroughly enjoy Liverpool to be honest. As a city, it has everything you need - a massive shopping centre (Liverpool ONE), lots of nightclubs/cocktail bar/places to go out, a major train junction (so you can return home), lots of places to visits (just a train stop away from some nice beaches, lots of beautiful parks, history / natural history museums, art galleries)., good public transport to get your anywhere. The uni is a 15-20min walk from the main city centre; students either live just outside and get a bus in each day (10min bus journey) or live on campus like I do. (Notts is more out in the sticks, which might suit some people but wasn't my cup of tea as it sounded like you needed a car to get around a lot more). Living-wise, it's obviously cheaper than places like RVC (though you'll get more loans if you live in London) - I pay £75/week rent including all bills in a 4-bed house.

    The syllabus is changing at Liverpool, and it is meant to introduce clinical skills from year one and be a bit more practical based like Notts, though I don't know exactly what things will be like in 2015. They have a new clinical skills lab, so you can practise at a time to suit you and focus on improving skills which you're struggling with. Lecturers, on the whole, are generally helpful and will usually answer questions by email the same day, or within a short period of time. Most are approachable after lectures too.

    Social wise, we have a vet society who organise many events, take a look here: http://www.luvs.org.uk/ . We also have a good welfare support system - as a fresher you get paired up with a (usually third year) buddy and we also have peer support which are older vet students who are trained by counsellors to listen etc. So from day one you will have a friendly face to ask question about how things work etc. There are vet sports teams too if this interests you (or non-vet teams as part of uni in general).

    The equine hospital has a good reputation, and a fair few horsey people apply to Liverpool, but there isn't a bias towards equine in your studies or exams. Our other hospitals such as the small animal hospital and farm team do some brilliant work and Liverpool does have quite a few well recognised specialists in their field. Don't let it put you off if you're not horsey - I'm not at all.


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    (Original post by Little Tail Chaser)
    FIVE HOURS! :eek: Do they let you take breaks at all? And do these exams contain all of the content from all of your subjects? Sorry for all the questions
    Five hours is O.K once you're used to it. We're allowed to take small breaks nothing more than max 2 min. They of course contain all of the content from the entire year.
    We normally have one day to prepare, but next year they are changing the rules at least for oral exams.

    That means we will get drafted for exam one day, and the next day have the exam with presentation and questions from everything we have learnt. If I take Biology at AS, they can even ask me questions from that subject at A-level...

    (Original post by CloUpsidedown)
    Hi, just found this thread!!
    It may have been mentioned earlier, but where are you guys planning on going to uni?
    I have 3 that stand out to me and I'm taking the correct A levels ect..
    Liverpool, Nottingham and Bristol are the 3. I'm hoping to look round them this summer however the open day for nottingham is the day after prom :/
    Nice to finally have a thread for us
    Welcome to the thread You are so lucky to live at a farm, always wanted to do that! Maybe I will get one later I envy everyone that are able to go to the open days, I can maybe organize one trip to one of the universities...
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    (Original post by Tyri)
    Five hours is O.K once you're used to it. We're allowed to take small breaks nothing more than max 2 min. They of course contain all of the content from the entire year.
    We normally have one day to prepare, but next year they are changing the rules at least for oral exams.

    That means we will get drafted for exam one day, and the next day have the exam with presentation and questions from everything we have learnt. If I take Biology at AS, they can even ask me questions from that subject at A-level...
    Oh, so does that mean that you get one grade for the whole of your studies? Or is the exam split into sections?

    When you say you get one day to prepare, does that mean like study leave? I officially left school two weeks ago, I'm off timetable so I don't have lessons any more; I only have to come in when I have exams.
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    (Original post by CloUpsidedown)
    Hi, just found this thread!!
    It may have been mentioned earlier, but where are you guys planning on going to uni?
    I have 3 that stand out to me and I'm taking the correct A levels ect..
    Liverpool, Nottingham and Bristol are the 3. I'm hoping to look round them this summer however the open day for nottingham is the day after prom :/
    Nice to finally have a thread for us
    I'm so jealous! I would love to live on a farm! Haha some people say my house is like a zoo because of the different animals we have :P

    where about do you live? Whoops that sounds stalkerish :O trust me I'm not a stalker!


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    (Original post by Little Tail Chaser)
    Oh, so does that mean that you get one grade for the whole of your studies? Or is the exam split into sections?

    When you say you get one day to prepare, does that mean like study leave? I officially left school two weeks ago, I'm off timetable so I don't have lessons any more; I only have to come in when I have exams.
    We get one grade for the exam and one for the rest of the year. For instances A at the exam and A*. But here in Norway we don't look at individual grades, we look at the grade average. Is the grade from the exam separate from rest of the years grade, or does it just count more(50 % etc.)

    During the exam period we still have to go to lessons... even on preparation day which suck. Seems like you have a lot more slack during exams.

    Sorry if I express myself badly
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    (Original post by Sophjeff)
    I'm so jealous! I would love to live on a farm! Haha some people say my house is like a zoo because of the different animals we have :P

    where about do you live? Whoops that sounds stalkerish :O trust me I'm not a stalker!


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    haa, i'll give a you a vague location

    I live on the hereford/shropshire border in a small village (we're about half a mile from the village on a little lane )
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    (Original post by Tyri)

    Sorry if I express myself badly
    You don't express yourself badly at all :nah: . Thanks for explaining this all to me .

    Your grade average thing sounds similar to the American system, if I understand it correctly . Sometimes we do sort of use averages, if a subject has more than one exam (although that's a really bad way of explaining it. What really happens is that raw marks from all exams are added up, converted into UMS and used against the grade boundaries, but you'd probably get whatever grade you were averaging, if that makes sense. So for example if you did three papers and got an A*, A and B, you'd probably get a A overall)

    I think at my school we got much less study leave than the previous year. It was annoying because we were still at school during the weeks when we had our hardest exams, but apparently there's a correlation; schools that give study leave get worse results than ones that don't .
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    You're all so lucky with all your experience! In America, especially where I live, we have practically no farms or large animals at all. We have animal rescues but most of them are against volunteers under 14.


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    I apologize I meant under 18!


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    (Original post by CloUpsidedown)
    haa, i'll give a you a vague location

    I live on the hereford/shropshire border in a small village (we're about half a mile from the village on a little lane )
    Haha don't worry I'm not going to come and find you


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    (Original post by jordyn2)
    You're all so lucky with all your experience! In America, especially where I live, we have practically no farms or large animals at all. We have animal rescues but most of them are against volunteers under 14.
    Whereabouts in the US are you? (If that's not a creepy question ) To be honest it depends where you go in the UK, some places I know will take anyone older than 10, while others refuse to have anyone under 18. I'm afraid I'm not sure what the WEX entry requirements are for international students, but perhaps the admissions staff might be understanding if you're from really urban area or something like that.
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    (Original post by Little Tail Chaser)
    You don't express yourself badly at all :nah: . Thanks for explaining this all to me .

    Your grade average thing sounds similar to the American system, if I understand it correctly . Sometimes we do sort of use averages, if a subject has more than one exam (although that's a really bad way of explaining it. What really happens is that raw marks from all exams are added up, converted into UMS and used against the grade boundaries, but you'd probably get whatever grade you were averaging, if that makes sense. So for example if you did three papers and got an A*, A and B, you'd probably get a B overall)

    I think at my school we got much less study leave than the previous year. It was annoying because we were still at school during the weeks when we had our hardest exams, but apparently there's a correlation; schools that give study leave get worse results than ones that don't .
    Thanks for clearing that up for me!
    Too me that sounds harsh to get a B when you got those grades. Here in Norway you would get an A.

    Managed to persuade my teacher to let me skip the lesson on Thursday! yay! First going to the farm and then to the vet, hope I don't smell too bad

    It is interesting to see how much trouble you guys go through to get placements. I could basiaclly call up a SA practics and ask for to work there a week, and I would get it. Unless they alread have another student there. The only placmenets that require you to be above a certain age are clinics. The Norwegian vet school do not require any form of WEX so there is little to no competition, which is good for me... So I feel sorry for you
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    (Original post by Tyri)
    Thanks for clearing that up for me!
    Too me that sounds harsh to get a B when you got those grades. Here in Norway you would get an A.

    Managed to persuade my teacher to let me skip the lesson on Thursday! yay! First going to the farm and then to the vet, hope I don't smell too bad
    Crap, I meant to put A! You'd probably get an A! My mistake, sorry .

    That's good news, hope you have lots of fun! CanineVet can tell you all about my adventures in getting muddy and then being shouted at by bus drivers In all honestly it shouldn't be that bad at this time of year (well, in England anyway, can't speak for Norway! )
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    I'm in the Southwest, so it's super hot here!


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    We have floods and a lot of rain, so muddy it is. This farmer believe that the cows produce more milk if they are relaxed and inside, so it is pretty clean. But then again it is cows...
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    (Original post by jordyn2)
    I'm in the Southwest, so it's super hot here!
    Sounds like fun ! We had a really hot day in London yesterday but now the weather is miserable. I was going to go rowing with some friends, but we decided against it in the end
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    (Original post by Tyri)
    We have floods and a lot of rain, so muddy it is. This farmer believe that the cows produce more milk if they are relaxed and inside, so it is pretty clean. But then again it is cows...
    Don't forget the wellies, then! How many cows do they have there?
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    There's this keeper academy at this zoo and it's 6 days 9.00 - 4.30. it's an animal-based course that (quote from the website ) "is designed for those who wish to pursue a career with animals and require practical experience to enhance their application. Those who wish to become vets, vet nurses, zookeepers or complete other animal-based studies will benefit from this exciting new course." It's part theory and part practical and you get a written reference from it

    I don't know whether to do it or not? Do you guys think it will be good? :confused: Plus it costs £300 but my parents say that they will pay if I want to do it because they think it will help in the fiture for uni and stuff.
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    (Original post by Little Tail Chaser)
    Sounds like fun ! We had a really hot day in London yesterday but now the weather is miserable. I was going to go rowing with some friends, but we decided against it in the end
    I guess you could say it's fun, but not when it hits 115 F or 45 C. Will definitely not be living here when I'm older!
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    (Original post by Sophjeff)
    There's this keeper academy at this zoo and it's 6 days 9.00 - 4.30. it's an animal-based course that (quote from the website ) "is designed for those who wish to pursue a career with animals and require practical experience to enhance their application. Those who wish to become vets, vet nurses, zookeepers or complete other animal-based studies will benefit from this exciting new course." It's part theory and part practical and you get a written reference from it

    I don't know whether to do it or not? Do you guys think it will be good? :confused: Plus it costs £300 but my parents say that they will pay if I want to do it because they think it will help in the fiture for uni and stuff.
    Is that the one at London Zoo/Whipsnade? I looked into it and I agree it does look fun, but I'm not sure that universities count courses that you have to pay for because it isn't fair on those who can't afford it. My parents offered it as a joint Chrsitmas/birthday present, but I thought I'd be better off applying to do experience for free somewhere else.

    EDIT: Googled it, it's at Blackpool not London. I still stand by my point though
 
 
 
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