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    Hi I'm currently getting work experience sorted so I can apply next year, I've already had loads of experience at a livery yard/riding school and I'm going to a reptile shop soon to do a week too, I'm just wondering what kind of things I need to take note of? Is there anything I need to be able to discuss during interviews/ my application, such as what I learnt whilst there etc?


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    Hi I'm currently getting work experience sorted so I can apply next year, I've already had loads of experience at a livery yard/riding school and I'm going to a reptile shop soon to do a week too, I'm just wondering what kind of things I need to take note of? Is there anything I need to be able to discuss during interviews/ my application, such as what I learnt whilst there etc?


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    Hi, there is a 2019 entry thread here https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/sho....php?t=4322662

    There is a lot you need to be able to talk about! you will need to for both personal statements and interviews. At the minute, a stables and a reptile shop are not enough, regardless of how much you've done at the stables I'm afraid. Your priority at the minute should be getting experience at a vets, then doing some farm work (lambing, milking etc.), kennels/catteries and then more 'unusual' stuff like zoos, abattoirs, labs etc. (your reptile experience will fall into this category).
    You need to think about skills you might learn/see that will be useful to a vet. There's lots but the main ones are communication, animal handling skills, teamwork, time management and organisation. It's also important to take away key husbandry of animals you care for (which will be very good at the reptile shop as many ill reptiles are taken to the vets because of husbandry problems). As it's a shop, you could also think about the economics of animal keeping & how the business is run, as well as ethical issues like where they are supplied from (wold caught vs. captive bred).
    Enjoy your work experience!
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    (Original post by Louiseee_)
    Hi, there is a 2019 entry thread here https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/sho....php?t=4322662

    There is a lot you need to be able to talk about! you will need to for both personal statements and interviews. At the minute, a stables and a reptile shop are not enough, regardless of how much you've done at the stables I'm afraid. Your priority at the minute should be getting experience at a vets, then doing some farm work (lambing, milking etc.), kennels/catteries and then more 'unusual' stuff like zoos, abattoirs, labs etc. (your reptile experience will fall into this category).
    You need to think about skills you might learn/see that will be useful to a vet. There's lots but the main ones are communication, animal handling skills, teamwork, time management and organisation. It's also important to take away key husbandry of animals you care for (which will be very good at the reptile shop as many ill reptiles are taken to the vets because of husbandry problems). As it's a shop, you could also think about the economics of animal keeping & how the business is run, as well as ethical issues like where they are supplied from (wold caught vs. captive bred).
    Enjoy your work experience!

    Thanks for the advice! Yeah I know I've got two vets booked for next year and a dairy farm and I'll do lambing next year, I was just making sure I did have to make recordings on what I did and what I've learnt! Thanks again
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    (Original post by lauren9401)
    Thanks for the advice! Yeah I know I've got two vets booked for next year and a dairy farm and I'll do lambing next year, I was just making sure I did have to make recordings on what I did and what I've learnt! Thanks again
    No worries! Sorry for assuming! Work experience diaries are really helpful & then you know exactly what you saw/did. They're good to read just before you go into interviews as well
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    Okay great thanks! I've been doing work experience at a wildlife rescue, what kind of things should I be recording in the diary? I really have no clue 😂
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    Here is my work experience so far. I am going to apply this year, so that's why some of these have been quite short placements.
    • 18 months dog obedience training instructor
    • 6 months dog ringcraft training instructor
    • 3 days stewarding at dog shows
    • 2 weeks dog/cat grooming
    • 5 days pet shop (small pets, reptiles, fish)
    • 5 days cattery
    • 3 days equestrian centre
    • 3 days beef farm
    • 2 days falconry centre
    • 2 days mixed farm

    I've found it incredibly difficult to get placements at vets and farms, even with the ability to drive. All of the big vets around me are full until next year, so I'm going to teeny tiny vets and phoning soooo many farms. Might have a lambing contact for easter and am planning on large/small animal vets, a dairy farm, a laboratory and an abattoir. Anything else I'm missing?
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    (Original post by Viapurifico)
    Here is my work experience so far. I am going to apply this year, so that's why some of these have been quite short placements.

    I've found it incredibly difficult to get placements at vets and farms, even with the ability to drive. All of the big vets around me are full until next year, so I'm going to teeny tiny vets and phoning soooo many farms. Might have a lambing contact for easter and am planning on large/small animal vets, a dairy farm, a laboratory and an abattoir. Anything else I'm missing?
    Your lack of actual clinical placements at current is ringing alarm bells right now, that will severely limit where you can apply. Are you going to the vet practice before the application deadline? It doesn't matter that it's a small clinic- it's better than nothing and it may even mean that you build a better relationship with the vets there. My favourite placement and the one where I learnt the most was one that only had one vet and one nurse
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    Are you going to the vet practice before the application deadline?
    That's the idea! It's been a crazy few months. I wouldn't bother applying without any clinical experience - as you say, it wouldn't exactly look good and I want to see what it's like in that environment. I'm just keeping on trying! Good to know about the size of the practice.
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    (Original post by Viapurifico)
    That's the idea! It's been a crazy few months. I wouldn't bother applying without any clinical experience - as you say, it wouldn't exactly look good and I want to see what it's like in that environment. I'm just keeping on trying! Good to know about the size of the practice.
    Glad to hear, stay persistent Crazy busy is a good sign anyway, lots of people will be doing some last minute summer stuffage; squeezing in as many placements as they can before the application deadline. Hopefully all your dog stuff should help to set you apart from the crowd anyway. Best of luck!
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    (Original post by Viapurifico)
    Here is my work experience so far. I am going to apply this year, so that's why some of these have been quite short placements.
    • 18 months dog obedience training instructor
    • 6 months dog ringcraft training instructor
    • 3 days stewarding at dog shows
    • 2 weeks dog/cat grooming
    • 5 days pet shop (small pets, reptiles, fish)
    • 5 days cattery
    • 3 days equestrian centre
    • 3 days beef farm
    • 2 days falconry centre
    • 2 days mixed farm

    I've found it incredibly difficult to get placements at vets and farms, even with the ability to drive. All of the big vets around me are full until next year, so I'm going to teeny tiny vets and phoning soooo many farms. Might have a lambing contact for easter and am planning on large/small animal vets, a dairy farm, a laboratory and an abattoir. Anything else I'm missing?
    if you're doing placements after the application deadline, you can still put these down on some applications as long as they are finalised and booked you can also put in your PS what you are planning to do and often by the time interviews roll round you will probably have done some of them (I know I managed to squeeze in an extra two dairy ones between applying and having interviews & that was with being in college full time so it is doable!)
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    Just asking: I've got relatively little work experience:
    - 10 days Small Animal Practice work experience
    - 4 days Small Animal Practice
    - 5 days Equine Centre
    - 5 days Dairy Farm, Milking
    - 10 days Dog Daycare place
    I'm back at school to start my A2s next year: was just wondering what is important if I have to reapply in 2019 because my Work Experience is too low.
    If anyone knows about how much more experience I should be pushing to get, please reply. Also does anyone know the impact of AS levels on my application? Are they important more for deciding Predicted Grades in School or do the Universities consider them in giving out offers.
    I'm applying to RVC, Cambridge, Liverpool and Nottingham and have made the decision to apply for VetMed over Medicine quite late, actually only 2 or 3 months ago. This doesn't mean I'm uncommitted - I pushed myself SO hard to get all the experience and realise that the minimum experience isn't important, the more the better, and I enjoy it too.
    Any replies appreciated.
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    (Original post by TSRDiablo)
    Just asking: I've got relatively little work experience:
    - 10 days Small Animal Practice work experience
    - 4 days Small Animal Practice
    - 5 days Equine Centre
    - 5 days Dairy Farm, Milking
    - 10 days Dog Daycare place
    I'm back at school to start my A2s next year: was just wondering what is important if I have to reapply in 2019 because my Work Experience is too low.
    If anyone knows about how much more experience I should be pushing to get, please reply. Also does anyone know the impact of AS levels on my application? Are they important more for deciding Predicted Grades in School or do the Universities consider them in giving out offers.
    I'm applying to RVC, Cambridge, Liverpool and Nottingham and have made the decision to apply for VetMed over Medicine quite late, actually only 2 or 3 months ago. This doesn't mean I'm uncommitted - I pushed myself SO hard to get all the experience and realise that the minimum experience isn't important, the more the better, and I enjoy it too.
    Any replies appreciated.
    I'm not sure why you have listed two separate small animal practice days but the RVC wants a minimum of two weeks in vet practices and two weeks in husbandry placements. Nottingham want a minimum of six weeks according to their website and Liverpool have traditionally scored applicants using their total work experience. If you check the universities websites you will find your answer but so long as you avoid work experience focussed universities you will meet the minimum. Be aware that many applicants will have far more and therefore if you are academically equal to them it is likely they would be chosen over you due to their greater experience.
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    (Original post by TSRDiablo)
    Any replies appreciated.
    It's not possible to give a set in stone figure of what amount of work experience will guarantee you an interview. Vet applications are too multifaceted, and universities value work experience differently. I've known people who had 50+ weeks who didn't get in, and people with 6 weeks who did. As a total ball park figure I would maybe suggest 20+ weeks, but variety and quality is more important than quantity. You might even have enough now tbh.

    As for AS levels, Cambridge are very fussy (I've been people rejected based on their grades who got four As. Their UMS just weren't high enough). Others don't care. I got an E in my fourth AS if it helps put your mind at rest. Liverpool used to have a B in your fourth AS as a formal requirement but they took that away three years ago.
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    I'm not sure why you have listed two separate small animal practice days but the RVC wants a minimum of two weeks in vet practices and two weeks in husbandry placements. Nottingham want a minimum of six weeks according to their website and Liverpool have traditionally scored applicants using their total work experience. If you check the universities websites you will find your answer but so long as you avoid work experience focussed universities you will meet the minimum. Be aware that many applicants will have far more and therefore if you are academically equal to them it is likely they would be chosen over you due to their greater experience.
    Sorry - two separate practices there my summer's full of W-exp having decided a couple weeks before it began that I wanted to pursue this over Medicine.

    (Original post by Little Tail Chaser)
    It's not possible to give a set in stone figure of what amount of work experience will guarantee you an interview. Vet applications are too multifaceted, and universities value work experience differently. I've known people who had 50+ weeks who didn't get in, and people with 6 weeks who did. As a total ball park figure I would maybe suggest 20+ weeks, but variety and quality is more important than quantity. You might even have enough now tbh.

    As for AS levels, Cambridge are very fussy (I've been people rejected based on their grades who got four As. Their UMS just weren't high enough). Others don't care. I got an E in my fourth AS if it helps put your mind at rest. Liverpool used to have a B in your fourth AS as a formal requirement but they took that away three years ago.
    AS Thursday, provided I get low grades then I work on getting W-exp during my A2 year more so than was initially planning to go for a 2019 application. Will still try this year but with a weaker application due to lack of experience. One thing's certain though, and that's that I can get the A2 grades regardless, my Work Experience might be weak but I'm sure I can get grades.
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    (Original post by TSRDiablo)
    Sorry - two separate practices there my summer's full of W-exp having decided a couple weeks before it began that I wanted to pursue this over Medicine.


    AS Thursday, provided I get low grades then I work on getting W-exp during my A2 year more so than was initially planning to go for a 2019 application. Will still try this year but with a weaker application due to lack of experience. One thing's certain though, and that's that I can get the A2 grades regardless, my Work Experience might be weak but I'm sure I can get grades.
    Try and make sure you get the grades before pursuing work experience. If you don't have enough WEX you can always take a gap year to get more, but it is much harder, stressful and sometimes more expensive to do a third year to get your grades (if you can find somewhere that will even let you do it.) Been there, done that, do not recommend
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    (Original post by Louiseee_)
    Try and make sure you get the grades before pursuing work experience. If you don't have enough WEX you can always take a gap year to get more, but it is much harder, stressful and sometimes more expensive to do a third year to get your grades (if you can find somewhere that will even let you do it.) Been there, done that, do not recommend
    Thanks for the advice, I get that it's much more beneficial to get the grades before I go for more Work Experience, although regardless I'm going for it this year the best i can. Hopefully I won't be in a situation where I need to redo any A2 levels. Thanks again for the advice
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    Just a question concerning veterinary personal statements:

    Should I include paragraphs?

    I was recently convinced that I should use the paragraph style (where one line is left blank) so that the personal statement does not just look like one block of text - as this can be difficult to read and hard to follow. Thus paragraphing would give a cleaner view and so be seen more favourably by admissions tutors.

    However, after finishing including all of the content which I would like to be included and constantly refining to make sure I stay below the 4000 character limit, I know find myself several lines over the 47 line count.

    If I removed all paragraphs I would be within both stipulated requirements. If I didn't I would need to remove a fair chunk out of my statement.

    What did those who are already on the course do?

    What are those applying going to do?

    I appreciate your response and time.
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    (Original post by Anderson2727)
    Just a question concerning veterinary personal statements:

    Should I include paragraphs?

    I was recently convinced that I should use the paragraph style (where one line is left blank) so that the personal statement does not just look like one block of text - as this can be difficult to read and hard to follow. Thus paragraphing would give a cleaner view and so be seen more favourably by admissions tutors.

    However, after finishing including all of the content which I would like to be included and constantly refining to make sure I stay below the 4000 character limit, I know find myself several lines over the 47 line count.

    If I removed all paragraphs I would be within both stipulated requirements. If I didn't I would need to remove a fair chunk out of my statement.

    What did those who are already on the course do?

    What are those applying going to do?

    I appreciate your response and time.
    When I applied I used blank lines to form paragraphs but others that also applied from my school didn't. Tutors are probably used to reading personal statements without but personally I thought it looked neater with.
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    (Original post by Anderson2727)
    Just a question concerning veterinary personal statements:

    Should I include paragraphs?

    I was recently convinced that I should use the paragraph style (where one line is left blank) so that the personal statement does not just look like one block of text - as this can be difficult to read and hard to follow. Thus paragraphing would give a cleaner view and so be seen more favourably by admissions tutors.

    However, after finishing including all of the content which I would like to be included and constantly refining to make sure I stay below the 4000 character limit, I know find myself several lines over the 47 line count.

    If I removed all paragraphs I would be within both stipulated requirements. If I didn't I would need to remove a fair chunk out of my statement.

    What did those who are already on the course do?

    What are those applying going to do?

    I appreciate your response and time.
    I didn't, purely because I couldn't spare the extra space on there. They aren't interested in how your personal statement is laid out, just the content of it and whether it's grammatically correct (no spelling mistakes etc).

    I wouldn't worry too much about how it appears, it's more important what goes into it
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