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    Hey! Current year 12 here.
    Trying to decide between Nottingham, Liverpool, RVC, Dublin, Edinburgh and Surrey.

    I currently have 2 weeks equine, 2 weeks small animal, 1 week goat husbandry, 1 day dairy farm (will hopefully be getting more + calving experience) and 1 day abattoir (coincidently saw the same goats I'd helped with earlier in the year!). My friend lives on a sheep farm so I have a lambing placement sorted. On my cousin's dairy farm, I met a vet who used to teach the vet med course at Nottingham who offered me a regular Saturday placement for large animals (he let me ultrasound scan a cow while I was there!). I also have a local cattery, RSPCA branch and animal shelter I plan to chase up.

    Nice to meet you all!
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    (Original post by brrrigid)
    Hey! Current year 12 here.
    Trying to decide between Nottingham, Liverpool, RVC, Dublin, Edinburgh and Surrey.

    I currently have 2 weeks equine, 2 weeks small animal, 1 week goat husbandry, 1 day dairy farm (will hopefully be getting more + calving experience) and 1 day abattoir (coincidently saw the same goats I'd helped with earlier in the year!). My friend lives on a sheep farm so I have a lambing placement sorted. On my cousin's dairy farm, I met a vet who used to teach the vet med course at Nottingham who offered me a regular Saturday placement for large animals (he let me ultrasound scan a cow while I was there!). I also have a local cattery, RSPCA branch and animal shelter I plan to chase up.

    Nice to meet you all!
    Ahh nice to meet you!

    Could I ask where abouts you are from as that was quite a large factor for me. Being far away or close to home, being in a similar/ different environment. For me that's what counted all that I am interviewing at are 2 hours max away from home and I totally avoided London as I come from the countryside 😂

    For Liverpool, I think the minimum anyone applies with is 10 weeks but from the looks of it I don't think that's going to be a problem.

    Nottingham is quite different to most of them (haven't got a clue about RVC/Edinburgh/Dublin sorry 😔) as they spend 5 years solely at one campus without travel. I know for Surrey if you weren't in the most expensive accommodation you have to commute from the main university to the vet campus every day, so that might be a downside for you..

    Compared to most others which have a 3:2 ratio ( 3 years main campus: 2 years vet campus)

    But look at how they teach the course, how hands on it is and go to open days there is some held in June and September (if you haven't already been) but book them fast when they open as they get full up quick!

    I hope you have fun on your placements, the long term large animal practice sounds amazing!

    Hope that helped! 😁

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    Ahh nice to meet you!

    Could I ask where abouts you are from as that was quite a large factor for me. Being far away or close to home, being in a similar/ different environment. For me that's what counted all that I am interviewing at are 2 hours max away from home and I totally avoided London as I come from the countryside 😂

    For Liverpool, I think the minimum anyone applies with is 10 weeks but from the looks of it I don't think that's going to be a problem.

    Nottingham is quite different to most of them (haven't got a clue about RVC/Edinburgh/Dublin sorry 😔) as they spend 5 years solely at one campus without travel. I know for Surrey if you weren't in the most expensive accommodation you have to commute from the main university to the vet campus every day, so that might be a downside for you..

    Compared to most others which have a 3:2 ratio ( 3 years main campus: 2 years vet campus)

    But look at how they teach the course, how hands on it is and go to open days there is some held in June and September (if you haven't already been) but book them fast when they open as they get full up quick!

    I hope you have fun on your placements, the long term large animal practice sounds amazing!

    Hope that helped! 😁

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    Heya! Yeah, I'm from Derbyshire - about as central as you can get. I'm just under an hour from Nottingham (went to their open day) by car, so that is the closest school to me.

    So I'm a country kid too - though the city doesn't so much bother me. I used to hate London when I was younger though.

    Yeah, the student accommodation is right beside the main school - which was appealing, imo. The only downside to Nottingham I can think of is that they don't have a vet hospital themselves. The rest of it looked really good.

    I can get down to London by train in just over an hour, but getting to Edinburgh, Liverpool and Surrey are a little more difficult. And Dublin of course, aha! Though I do visit Ireland every year to see family, we don't go down to Dublin.


    Congratulations on your interviews! I hope everything goes well for you <3
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    (Original post by brrrigid)
    Heya! Yeah, I'm from Derbyshire - about as central as you can get. I'm just under an hour from Nottingham (went to their open day) by car, so that is the closest school to me.

    So I'm a country kid too - though the city doesn't so much bother me. I used to hate London when I was younger though.

    Yeah, the student accommodation is right beside the main school - which was appealing, imo. The only downside to Nottingham I can think of is that they don't have a vet hospital themselves. The rest of it looked really good.

    I can get down to London by train in just over an hour, but getting to Edinburgh, Liverpool and Surrey are a little more difficult. And Dublin of course, aha! Though I do visit Ireland every year to see family, we don't go down to Dublin.


    Congratulations on your interviews! I hope everything goes well for you <3
    To be honest the city put me off as I didn't feel comfortable when I visited before, but it's a personal decision I'm used to being in the middle of nowhere! 😂


    Ahh I see, transport is a bit of a pain for most people it just depends how regularly you think you will visit home, but also as you have made contacts during work experience having to go back to do EMS at the same place.

    Dublin is a strange one as you would have to a separate application just to apply their!

    Good luck with your application, but you've got a lot of time until then to fully think which are most suitable and there isn't a lot of option for us unfortunately 😔 so don't stress yet!

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    (Original post by Anderson2727)
    Hey!

    Just wondered if any current Cambridge students have an example of a week timetable? I have founds ones for all others apart from Cambridge!

    Also, to all current vet students, I am aware that the course is highly demand but in your honest opinion, can the work load get too much and is there actually time to relax and do other extra curricular activities/ societies???

    Thank you to all thosw who reply, in advance.
    Hey, I'm a 4th year at Cambridge so a typical first year, first term day might be something along the lines of:

    9.00-10.00 Biochemistry Lecture
    10.00-12.00 Dissection
    12.00-13.00 Physiology Lecture
    14.00-16.00 Animal handling or Physiology Practical

    This would actually be quite a heavy day - plenty of days would only have maybe one lecture at 9 and another at 12, with the rest of the day free of timetabled study.

    As well as lectures, it is important you remember supervisions too - you would have one hour in each main subject per week, in a small group, usually 3 or 4 students, and these can be organised any time you don't have timetabled stuff, and your supervisor is free - usually they end up in the evenings during the week, or occasionally during the day at the weekend. So for first year you would have three hours of supervisions most weeks (1 hour anatomy, 1 hour physiology and 1 hour biochemistry). These were, for me, one of the highlights of the first three years, and through them I learnt and understood so so much more than i ever would have done from lectures and practicals alone, and they're unique to Cambridge among the vet schools!

    For more info on the Cambridge timetables, you can actually find them here for first year:
    http://www.biology.cam.ac.uk/undergr...rst/timetables

    Go to 'MVST 1A Standard Timetable', then just choose a week, and select any vet set (V1, V2, V or V4, they're all basically the same)

    Hope this is of some help! If you have any more questions about the Cambridge course, please do fire away, I've had a great time here and would highly recommend it
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    (Original post by laser174572)
    Hey, I'm a 4th year at Cambridge so a typical first year, first term day might be something along the lines of:

    9.00-10.00 Biochemistry Lecture
    10.00-12.00 Dissection
    12.00-13.00 Physiology Lecture
    14.00-16.00 Animal handling or Physiology Practical

    This would actually be quite a heavy day - plenty of days would only have maybe one lecture at 9 and another at 12, with the rest of the day free of timetabled study.

    As well as lectures, it is important you remember supervisions too - you would have one hour in each main subject per week, in a small group, usually 3 or 4 students, and these can be organised any time you don't have timetabled stuff, and your supervisor is free - usually they end up in the evenings during the week, or occasionally during the day at the weekend. So for first year you would have three hours of supervisions most weeks (1 hour anatomy, 1 hour physiology and 1 hour biochemistry). These were, for me, one of the highlights of the first three years, and through them I learnt and understood so so much more than i ever would have done from lectures and practicals alone, and they're unique to Cambridge among the vet schools!

    For more info on the Cambridge timetables, you can actually find them here for first year:
    http://www.biology.cam.ac.uk/undergr...rst/timetables

    Go to 'MVST 1A Standard Timetable', then just choose a week, and select any vet set (V1, V2, V or V4, they're all basically the same)

    Hope this is of some help! If you have any more questions about the Cambridge course, please do fire away, I've had a great time here and would highly recommend it


    HI,

    Thank you very much!

    The link was really useful and thank you again for all your advise - it is extremely helpful! Supervisions are one of the main reasons why I am going to be applying to Cambridge (and hopefully get accepted onto the course). This info has allowed me to make a firm decision that Cambridge will be my number one option.

    Thanks again!
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    Hi, I volunteer every weekend at an animal shelter, where I clean out the animal's pens, feed and socialise them. I was wondering if this would actually count as work experience? Sorry if this is a stupid question it's just that I don't know what unis count work experience as. Thank you 😃
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    (Original post by Kathyxx)
    Hi, I volunteer every weekend at an animal shelter, where I clean out the animal's pens, feed and socialise them. I was wondering if this would actually count as work experience? Sorry if this is a stupid question it's just that I don't know what unis count work experience as. Thank you 😃
    Absolutely! Make sure to keep a diary or something of all the tasks you did there (what your favourite parts about it were etc) so that in your interview you are able to talk about it in detail if you are asked. Also, if possible get a references from the shelter. It's probably easier to get one whilst you are still there than once you've stopped volunteering.
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    (Original post by katcammac)
    Absolutely! Make sure to keep a diary or something of all the tasks you did there (what your favourite parts about it were etc) so that in your interview you are able to talk about it in detail if you are asked. Also, if possible get a references from the shelter. It's probably easier to get one whilst you are still there than once you've stopped volunteering.
    Thank you so much for the reply and helpful tip ☺
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    Hi, I want to apply for vet school this October but I fear I won't have enough work experience. A problem for me was that I wasn't 16 until end of summer and no place wanted to take me because of it. Currently I have 1 week safari and SA vets every Wednesday since November for 5 hours. I also have a lambing placement in April for a week. I planning on spending the whole summer doing WE so from mid July to end of august but I don't think I'll have enough compared with everyone else. Because of this I'm wondering whether I should spend my February holiday doing WE but it's the week before mocks so I'm not sure. Also do you think it's a good idea to spend both of my weeks in easter doing WE or just stick to the lambing and focus on exams in may.
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    (Original post by M12S)
    Hi, I want to apply for vet school this October but I fear I won't have enough work experience. A problem for me was that I wasn't 16 until end of summer and no place wanted to take me because of it. Currently I have 1 week safari and SA vets every Wednesday since November for 5 hours. I also have a lambing placement in April for a week. I planning on spending the whole summer doing WE so from mid July to end of august but I don't think I'll have enough compared with everyone else. Because of this I'm wondering whether I should spend my February holiday doing WE but it's the week before mocks so I'm not sure. Also do you think it's a good idea to spend both of my weeks in easter doing WE or just stick to the lambing and focus on exams in may.
    Grades are more important than work experience. Choose vet schools that don't require too much work experience (e.g. Cambridge) and avoid the ones that do (Liverpool etc.).
    Try to aim for minimum 2 weeks of SA vet (4 if you're applying to Liverpool), but try to get more if you can.
    In addition to your lambing and safari try to get work experience at stables and kennels/catteries. Dairy/Calving would also be beneficial. LA vet or even a vet hospital would also be great, but those are harder to get.

    Bottom line is, if you end up being rejected from your all of your choices, it's better (and less stressful) to spend the gap year doing work experience than resitting your exams.
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    I take it you are applying to english unis. For glasgow and edinburgh the WE you have already would be good enough. However, i'm not sure what the english unis are looking for so i'm no help there. I would say though don't prioritise work experience over school. You can always get more work experience, you can't always resit exams. Your work experience so far sounds great, obviously check with what unis you are applying to, to check you meet the WE requirements. Don't worry too much about having tonnes and tonnes, just get what you can.


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    Thank you, also if I was to apply to the vet school in Dublin, the website says you need another language. I'm bilingual but I don't have a language qualification from the other language. I do have a GCSe spanish so would this count?
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    (Original post by katerebecca)
    hello! I think this is the thread for me, I'm currently in Year 11?

    I've only just started proper revision now too

    I'm thinking of starting to get in touch with people now as I'm eager to get some experience and start doing voluntary work during summer. Do many places take on 16/17 year olds? (I turn 17 this September.) I've already done 1 week at a small zoo (which was incredible) which took place in March of last year, can this go towards my experience for application?

    Anyone who has been in Year 11 and now at vet school got any tips for what to do at this stage? Thanks!

    Also, I have picked my A-Level courses now too:
    -Biology
    -Chemistry
    -History
    -Physics (which I'll drop after AS)
    Haha! I did the same A-Levels! Go History!!!!!
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    Some of you may find this event worthwhile before applying to vet school:

    http://www.bristol.ac.uk/vetscience/.../vetquest.html

    VetQuest is running on March 11th and 12th 2017 and gives you the chance to experience taster sessions including clinical skills, veterinary public health, work experience and interview prep, plus tours of the Langford campus.
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    Hi guys, do you think it's better to go to a vet summer school or rather do work experience in that time?
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    (Original post by M12S)
    Hi guys, do you think it's better to go to a vet summer school or rather do work experience in that time?
    make sure you have plenty of work experience. Then if you do have extra time for vet summer school then its a good added bonus
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    (Original post by M12S)
    Hi guys, do you think it's better to go to a vet summer school or rather do work experience in that time?
    I think that would depend on what you've done already, work experience wise. If you're lacking any important placements then I'd prioritise getting those sorted. I hear good things about summer schools but they're by no means a requirement to get in (the exception being the Sutton Trust RVC summer school, which can be one of the criteria for entry onto Gateway), I didn't do any Some people also advise being cautious about mentioning them on a PS and such, because it might look like you're favouring one vet school over the others that you apply to.

    It's up to you. Both will be beneficial but don't feel like you're missing out on anything if you don't go to a summer school.
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    Quiet in here :tumble:.

    Anyone up to anything this half term? Anyone off lambing?
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    If i become a vet will i have to maybe clean the animal poo , if my asst. is busy with a cat heart surgery or something
 
 
 
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