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I kinda wanna go into veterinary medicine but I feel like my chances of getting in died today. I got predicted 4 As for my AS', but in reality i only got an A in History, B in Biology and C in both English lit and Chemistry. I'm planning on getting chemistry remarked because i honestly don't know how i managed to get a C?I'm not the greatest at chemistry but the amount of effort and work i've put in and the grades i got on past papers just dont match up
My GCSE grades were averageish, 2A* 6A's and 2B's with A's in all sciences, English lang and maths. Realistically speaking what are my chances of getting in anywhere knowing how competitive it is and how below average my grades are.
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Sorry to hear that you didn't get the results you were hoping for

You can find the GCSE and A level grade requirements for all the UK vet schools in those links. Your GCSEs are absolutely fine, but in general you want to be predicted at least AAA in your A levels to apply for vet med. Usually teachers have no problem predicting one grade above what you achieved at AS, so while you'll be fine for history and biology, you probably want to talk to your teachers about chemistry, and you'll have to retake some units next year. I've seen people with the same grades at AS get in, so don't panic With any luck the remark should bring back a positive result anyway.

I wouldn't worry about your grades not making you competitive enough. Vet applications are based more heavily on your personal statement and work experience than on grades alone; a few vet schools explicitly say for example that A*s aren't valued above As, so focus on your placements, extracurriculars etc if you want to stand out

I've just finished my first year of studying veterinary medicine at the Royal Veterinary College, so let me know if you have any other questions about applying/vet school in general
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Sorry to hear that you didn't get the results you were hoping for

You can find the GCSE and A level grade requirements for all the UK vet schools in those links. Your GCSEs are absolutely fine, but in general you want to be predicted at least AAA in your A levels to apply for vet med. Usually teachers have no problem predicting one grade above what you achieved at AS, so while you'll be fine for history and biology, you probably want to talk to your teachers about chemistry, and you'll have to retake some units next year. I've seen people with the same grades at AS get in, so don't panic With any luck the remark should bring back a positive result anyway.

I wouldn't worry about your grades not making you competitive enough. Vet applications are based more heavily on your personal statement and work experience than on grades alone; a few vet schools explicitly say for example that A*s aren't valued above As, so focus on your placements, extracurriculars etc if you want to stand out

I've just finished my first year of studying veterinary medicine at the Royal Veterinary College, so let me know if you have any other questions about applying/vet school in general
Thanks for the advice! I was wondering if it'd be worth doing A2 and hopefully getting better results there and apply after taking a gap year? I've left it a bit to late to decide to do veterinary medicine as my original plan was to do medicine and so my work experience and volunteering placements are mainly geared towards medicine and not veterinary medicine. I don't think i could find anywhere that would have available placements or would take me on for work experience this late? So would taking a gap year and doing all my work experience and placements during that gap year, and hopefully applying with a better set of results be a more viable solution? Or is it at least worth a shot to apply this year too? Thanks
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Thanks for the advice!
No worries

I was wondering if it'd be worth doing A2 and hopefully getting better results there and apply after taking a gap year?
Loads of vet medicine students take gap years so you definitely wouldn't be alone if you did that.

I've left it a bit to late to decide to do veterinary medicine as my original plan was to do medicine and so my work experience and volunteering placements are mainly geared towards medicine and not veterinary medicine. I don't think i could find anywhere that would have available placements or would take me on for work experience this late?
What have you done so far? Generally for vet med it's recommended that you have at least ten weeks worth (Liverpool's old requirement); including four weeks of clinical practice and six of husbandry. Have a read of the work experience thread. Links in the resources thread may help you with finding placements. When I finished year 12 I just plugged my postcode into the RCVS's website, emailed the 50 closest practices and hoped for the best. Most didn't reply, but a few did and I ended up getting the placements I needed at short notice. Remember you can do weekly placements after college/at weekends which can help you get the numbers up.

So would taking a gap year and doing all my work experience and placements during that gap year, and hopefully applying with a better set of results be a more viable solution? Or is it at least worth a shot to apply this year too? Thanks
Applying after a gap year sounds like a good idea, but applying now might also be a good shout, so that you can see how the application process works. Be careful, as some vet schools (for example Nottingham) do not allow reapplications if you reach interview stage, but if you get that far then it means that your work experience wasn't the issue, so that's a bit of a moot point.
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