Hi, i'm currently in my 3rd year studying biology at St Andrews (4 year course) and have been thinking about applying for graduate veterinary in 2014 for a while now.
I'm just a bit worried my current degree isn't the best, my degree is just general biology but I mainly specialise in molecular biology, is this appropriate for graduate entry? Also my grades aren't bad, but i'm not top of the class or anything, is a middle ground 2:1 enough to get in?
I also don't really have much work experience at the moment, I know I still have a year left before I graduate but is this enough time to get the relevant work experience? I have quite a lot of farm experience from before I started my undergrad but this seems kind of a long time ago now.
Thanks for your help, it would be great to hear some other experiences of graduate entries
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Last edited by lillyann92; 03-04-2013 at 23:05.
- 03-04-2013 22:18
- 04-04-2013 01:25
I'm not 100% sure about UK schools, but as long as you have their pre-reqs and a science based background, it shouldn't really matter what your major is.
- 04-04-2013 04:31
There are people that did biology, biochem, graduate degree in neuroscience, animal science/animal biology, biophysics...there probably is molecular bio but I can't remember who just now (but I want to say someone). This is at Edinburgh for my GEP class 3 years ago (now in final year of the GEP program). Our first year was anatomy/cell biology (more anatomy), bacteriology/virology/parasitology/immunology, body systems (so basic physiology of cardiovascular system, GI system, neurology, musculoskeletal system, opthalmology...) and the final unit was trying to tie all those together. I can't speak for other schools, but if you think you could handle an accelerated course (think half the time or less to cover the material in vs. a '5-year stream' student) of that material, then I'd say go for it. I'd expect molecular bio to have covered cell bio and maybe bacteriology/virology/immunology to some degree. I'm not as certain of physiology, but you probably got at least some of that, esp if your degree is a general bio one (with just a 'focus' on molecular). One of my friends was a biochem major, and though she struggled, particularly with the anatomy and physiology/body systems units, she made it through.
For work experience-I'm not as sure about standards in the UK, but I think going back one to two years is often considered the max (or at least it was in Canada). Beyond that there needs to be a good reason for why you aren't still doing work experience. As for amount, my understanding is a min. of 15 weeks is generally advised, and definitely more if you can get it. You can't have too much. And as wide a breadth as possible but definitely including some dairy, some lambing, and some kennels. Horsework/stables too ideally. So I guess it depends on whether you think you can complete min. 15 weeks work experience in that one year-keeping in mind placements book up and depending where you live it may be easier or harder to find some placements (eg it can be hard to find farm animal experience in the middle of a big city!).
- 04-04-2013 23:54
I'd say definitely get some more recent work experience before applying.
I've had an offer this year as a graduate with a degree in Zoology.. but I have a hell of a lot of work experience to back me up. (Long term placements etc.)
Other graduate applicants also have Msc and some PhD (along with work experience), so it can be quite competitive with just an undergraduate degree and work experience can make you stand out.
I'd aim for 15 weeks at least really as the above poster mentioned. (More if you can)