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    I applie for a pre vet med course a few weeks ago for Nottingham uni! However I unfortunately didn't get in but I was offered and unconditional place to study animal sciences...

    My issue is I'm not too sure what this is even after reading about it? I am also really eager on doing veterinary so would it be possible to study vet med after animal sciences? (I am aware of the dreadful cost!D-
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    (Original post by Frannyb123)
    I applie for a pre vet med course a few weeks ago for Nottingham uni! However I unfortunately didn't get in but I was offered and unconditional place to study animal sciences...

    My issue is I'm not too sure what this is even after reading about it? I am also really eager on doing veterinary so would it be possible to study vet med after animal sciences? (I am aware of the dreadful cost!D-
    Yes, it would be possible.After completing the animal sciences course you may be eligable to apply for 'accelerated' graduate veterinary medicine programs, which are four years instead of the usual five, at a number of universities including RVC and Edinburgh. Failing that you can always apply for the five year course anywhere

    Animal sciences will give you a grounding in cell biology, physiology, genetics... that sort of thing. Much of which will overlap with aspects of the veterinary medicine course.

    Have you received any feedback on why you were unsuccessful with your veterinary medicine application? The choice is yours of course, but if you're dead set on being a vet it will be quicker and easier to just take a gap year and reapply for vet med. It's good that you know about the cost of going postgrad (Edinburghs postgrad fees are £27k/year!), but just so you're aware at current I don't believe you get a tuiton fee loan to cover it, although this might be changing soon.
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    Yes, it would be possible.After completing the animal sciences course you may be eligable to apply for 'accelerated' graduate veterinary medicine programs, which are four years instead of the usual five, at a number of universities including RVC and Edinburgh. Failing that you can always apply for the five year course anywhere

    Animal sciences will give you a grounding in cell biology, physiology, genetics... that sort of thing. Much of which will overlap with aspects of the veterinary medicine course.

    Have you received any feedback on why you were unsuccessful with your veterinary medicine application? The choice is yours of course, but if you're dead set on being a vet it will be quicker and easier to just take a gap year and reapply for vet med. It's good that you know about the cost of going postgrad (Edinburghs postgrad fees are £27k/year!), but just so you're aware at current I don't believe you get a tuiton fee loan to cover it, although this might be changing soon.
    No tuition fee loan currently, I have to pay for mine myself. I do however still get a maintenance loan, not that it helps 😂


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    (Original post by Little Tail Chaser)
    Yes, it would be possible.After completing the animal sciences course you may be eligable to apply for 'accelerated' graduate veterinary medicine programs, which are four years instead of the usual five, at a number of universities including RVC and Edinburgh. Failing that you can always apply for the five year course anywhere

    Animal sciences will give you a grounding in cell biology, physiology, genetics... that sort of thing. Much of which will overlap with aspects of the veterinary medicine course.

    Have you received any feedback on why you were unsuccessful with your veterinary medicine application? The choice is yours of course, but if you're dead set on being a vet it will be quicker and easier to just take a gap year and reapply for vet med. It's good that you know about the cost of going postgrad (Edinburghs postgrad fees are £27k/year!), but just so you're aware at current I don't believe you get a tuiton fee loan to cover it, although this might be changing soon.

    That's really helpful thanks! I want to take a gap year really but I'm worried that I may get declined next year and then where does that leave me? + I've been offered two other conditional places to study Bioveterinary sciences is that a better decision
    for me or should I stick with the unconditional offer?
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    (Original post by Frannyb123)
    That's really helpful thanks! I want to take a gap year really but I'm worried that I may get declined next year and then where does that leave me? + I've been offered two other conditional places to study Bioveterinary sciences is that a better decision
    for me or should I stick with the unconditional offer?
    If you really want to do it, spend the time between now and October improving your potential vet application. Do some more work exp, pick up some more extracurricular activities. Ensure you get the grades you'll need to apply (between AAB and A*A*A). Being declined after a gap year happens, yes, but that is just another small setback if you're truly dedicated. There are some people kicking around that took three or four gap years. It happens, but isn't a huge deal in the grand scheme of things. I completely understand if it's going to be difficult (I didn't take a gap year but if I had then I would have needed to find my own place, get a proper job etc), but at the same time you'll have a year to mature and perhaps earn a few £s which will really help when you're at uni

    Lizziefickling did undergrad bioveterinary science so she's a better person to ask than me, but I know lots of people on the biovet course that have plans to go on to do vet med so yes it's definitely a viable option. The decision is totally up to you whether you want to do vet postgrad or undergrad, though. Weigh up your options carefully.
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    If you got feedback on why your application was unsuccessful and think you can make a change over the next year then definitely go for that as post-grad fees are ridiculous.
    You could see if you can defer your current offers so that if you are unsuccessful with vet med you always have a back up?

    I did an Animal Science degree and of the 18 people in my class, two are trainee vet nurses and eight of us are vet students.
    Others have gone into meat hygiene, farm work and further study.

    I loved my undergrad and got lots of practical experience and really made the most out of it doing (paid) work on the university farms for the three years. I treat that as my 'proper' Uni experience and now try to concentrate on my studies, though that's rarely the case! I couldn't afford the UK tuition fees so after a year of working after graduating I now study abroad.
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    I realise I'm a few days late to this thread, but I figured I'd chip in anyway. I have wanted to do vet med since I was about 4 y/o (plans have changed a little recently, but that doesn't really matter at the moment), but I didn't manage to get the grades to get in. So instead, I ended up doing Animal Science at Nottingham, with the idea that I'd eventually go into either the accelerated graduate-entry vet med course, or just do it as another undergrad course.

    Personally I agree with what people have said so far: if you have feedback as to why you were unsuccessful this time, and it's something that you can work on over the next year, then I'd definitely say try to do that It's probably better to go straight into vet med as an undergrad, as it's difficult for most people to finance as a second degree (whether undergrad or postgrad). It's a little daunting when you realise that (if you were to take the Animal Science, or even Bioveterinary Science degree) you will have £27k+ debt before you even start the vet med course, then you either have to pay huge amounts in postgrad fees, or even just the £9k a year for another undergrad degree, with no tuition fee loans available. If you can handle that, or aren't bothered by it, then great, but I know it can be off-putting for some people (me included).

    As some who is in their third year of Animal Science at Nottingham uni, I can probably answer questions you may have about the course/uni itself etc, so you're welcome to ask me for my 'insiders perspective'. Personally, doing this course has helped to open my eyes to a lot of other areas of interest and possible career opportunities, and I also have to say that I've enjoyed the degree a lot more than I thought I would, given I entered it as someone who just wanted to use it as a stepping stone on my way to a vet med degree.

    As for your question as to whether to go for the Bioveterinary science offers, or the animal science offer, I'd say you should properly examine the course structure, modules you would be offered (if you have questions about the AS course at Nottingham, I can try and answer these), and maybe go to some campus open days for those courses and talk to the academics there if you wanted a more in depth perspective on what the course entails. I'd also say don't forget to think about the campus/teaching facilities themselves; for me, I massively preferred one campus to the others and that helped me make my final decision. Of course though, this last paragraph only really applies if you decide not to reapply for vet med.

    So again, if you think you can improve your application for vet med in the next year or so, go for it. If you decide to do another degree, like AS or Biovet science, then just keep in mind the fees involved (both in taking the initial degree, and then doing vet med as a second degree). It's not impossible to fund, and I know a fair few people who are going down that route, but it depends how much finances impact your decision. But, I have to say, doing an Animal Science degree was not like a 'consolation prize' for me - it became a degree I thoroughly enjoyed in it's own right, and one that helped me discover other paths for my life that I hadn't previously considered
 
 
 
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