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What's your typical day at uni?
How difficult is the workload?
Do you have to do placements as part of the course? If so, how long for?
Is it enjoyable and are you glad that you chose to do it?
What sort of person do you have to be to study veterinary science?

And anything else you could tell me would be amazing!
Thanks!


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(Original post by Sophie.cerys)
What's your typical day at uni?
How difficult is the workload?
Do you have to do placements as part of the course? If so, how long for?
Is it enjoyable and are you glad that you chose to do it?
What sort of person do you have to be to study veterinary science?

And anything else you could tell me would be amazing!
Thanks!


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Each uni is different. I'm at liverpool, however I'm a third year now so the course is slightly different to first and second year.

First year a general day was 9-5. We had lectures in 2 week blocks so forelimb, hindlimb etc. During those two weeks we would have a practical or a dissection related to the area we were being taught at the time.

Workload is manageable if you keep on top of it and don't get behind, it's hard but vet medicine is never going to be easy. If you learn as you go along you manage.

We have to complete so many weeks of EMS which is required by the RCVS. Our uni splits our EMS into the 5 years and gives us a guideline of what we should be doing each year. In first year it was recommended we did 6 weeks husbandry EMS and 2 weeks clinical. Husbandry Included pigs, chickens, dairy, dogs and cats, lambing and horses. Clinical could be either large, small or equine although quite a few big equine practices (around me anyway) prefer 4th and 5th year students and won't take first years.

Enjoyable, yes, I wouldn't do it if I didn't enjoy it but it is very stressful at times and there are some less fun parts of it (exams). It's worth it at the end.

What kind of person? I can't really answer that, you need to be dedicated to the course to be able to see it through, you need to be able to carry on when stuff gets hard, and you need to not give up at the first hurdle. Obviously you need to like animals, and be ok to work with people, but every single vet student is different and none of us are the same, we all have good and bad points.


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