Hi! My name is Vicki, I'm 19 from Essex. I'm about to embark on a degree in Forensic Science in south Wales, and will be applying to vet school as a Graduate (attempt to!!!).
I did a two-day course with the RVC last year- Introduction to Veterinary Medicine. It was good, and very informative.
Unfortunately I have poor GCSE grades, but for A-levels, I did BTEC First Diploma in Animal Care, and BTEC National Diploma in Animal Management, I got reasonable grades! As I am profoundly deaf, I was two years behind my peers when I was doing my GCSEs, and I've only just caught up in the last year, so that's my excuse!
I have a lot of experience mainly with horses and dogs, I am a breeder with small lurchers- will be whelping yet another litter due in September, and have done many experience in practices, I prefer to work outside, and have done summer camps (Going on CCUSA to America as a Riding Instructor next summer) working with animals, which I think give me more experience than just observing a vet in a practice. I've worked in a wildlife park and various other places. I've grown up going to country lurcher shows and was involved in hare coursing/showing etc with the lurchers/greyhounds when I lived in Suffolk as a child.
I will be 23 when I apply to vet school. I will apply to Bristol, RVC, Liverpol and Glasgow. For my other two spaces on the UCAS form, I will be putting down a MSc in Animal Science, as if I don't get into vet school, I will know because of my GCSE grades, and I will train as an Animal Care Lecturer instead (inspired by my former tutors at Capel Manor College, Enfield). I guess it sounds more interesting as the knowledge I've gained in my experiences of breeding, veterinary work, I can pass onto my students, but to become a vet has always been a burning ambition. It's just whether the vet schools are willing to overlook my GCSE examinations, and look at me as a mature student with a lot to offer. But we'll see!!!!
Good luck to all those waiting for offers this year, it's tough I know, a few friends of mine applied as Graduates to vet school, and are now at the RVC. They all did Forensic Science degrees. I think it's not really down to what grades you get, I think if you get good grades, great, but I think it is more down on how you come across in the interview. What makes you different from everyone else?
Well, I better stop yapping away, best wishes and good luck once again!