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    Same boat about the income! However, I have been advised by the college of west anglia tutors when I attended the open day and a few vet practices that students on the DEGREE are NOT paid but students on the DIPLOMA can be... whether that sways anyone on their choice? I suppose when applying for placements it would be a question to ask, even if the sacrifice is to minimum wage... is hard though.
    I am hoping to get into the animal nursing assistant course which the tutors call the pre-vet nurse course so fingers crossed I get onto it and then spend the year looking for a placement!

    I hope everyone finds what they want too!!
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    Hi I'm a mature student and would like to apply for vet nursing next year via the level 3 diploma route. I am currently studying animal management at college and will be going in to my second year in September.

    I am also going to be attending evening classes in September to resit my maths and english full GCSE for English and functional skills level 2 for maths as this is what the college said I have to do for that subject.

    Is Science GCSE compulsory for nursing diploma? As I looked in to doing this but my animal management course contains some science so would this possibly be enough?

    Any replies greatly appreciated
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    Hi thereI can absolutely relate. I'm 23 atm and although I'm not a current veterinary nursing student, I am employed as an auxiliary veterinary nurse and have since completed a vocational vet care course. I really feel like any voluntary position or even part-time employment at an auxiliary level, kennel assistant etc. is a great foot through the door and a huge boost to your profile.

    Re: the diploma route at level 3 I don't believe this method of training holds people back at all. I've got to know a lot of great nurses who trained via this route and have gone on to do the AVN (med/surg) diploma, head nurse, obtain certificates in emergency and critical care, specialise in exotic species and so on. I believe my further ed veterinary tutor took this route when she was first training :~)

    That said, I do have a preference for the higher ed/BSc (Hons) route in my own training. The whole academic side is a huge appeal to me and I want to make sure I have the right entry requirements (at least a level 3 extended diploma?) under my belt ie. not just vocational/employment.
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    (Original post by najran)
    Hi thereI can absolutely relate. I'm 23 atm and although I'm not a current veterinary nursing student, I am employed as an auxiliary veterinary nurse and have since completed a vocational vet care course. I really feel like any voluntary position or even part-time employment at an auxiliary level, kennel assistant etc. is a great foot through the door and a huge boost to your profile.

    Re: the diploma route at level 3 I don't believe this method of training holds people back at all. I've got to know a lot of great nurses who trained via this route and have gone on to do the AVN (med/surg) diploma, head nurse, obtain certificates in emergency and critical care, specialise in exotic species and so on. I believe my further ed veterinary tutor took this route when she was first training :~)

    That said, I do have a preference for the higher ed/BSc (Hons) route in my own training. The whole academic side is a huge appeal to me and I want to make sure I have the right entry requirements (at least a level 3 extended diploma?) under my belt ie. not just vocational/employment.
    I'm looking in to getting work experience in a vets for when I'm back at college in September, I have gained quite a bit of rescue experience but no vets as yet.

    I've been for an interview at one vets which was promising and they have take on students from my college before and going to drop my c.v and a cover letter in at another one. Hopefully one of them will offer me a place.
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    Hi there. I'm 31 and have applied for the level 3 diploma at caw in Leeds for april 2018.
    I haven't got any previous experience in this field but I figure I have plenty of time to get as much in as I can.
    I have a weeks experience booked in a small animals practice which also has the facilities to treat exotic animals and 3 days on a working farm which has horses goats pigs and sheep. I work full time so I am restricted to holidays to do my work experience. I am planning on doing another 2 weeks experience in different veterinary practices and have found the opportunity to volunteer at an exotic animal rescue sanctuary providing I can find some way of getting a regular night off to facilitate this.
    My question is does anyone know how many veterinary nursing student places are there on each course and how are students selected? Obviously you can't go wrong getting as much experience in as possible in the veterinary nursing field but is there anything else which would make an individual stand out? I guess having spent the last 31 years not knowing what I want to do and finally coming to the realisation that this is what I want to do with the remainder of my life I want to do everything possible to ensure I get onto this course:-)
    Any tips would be greatly appreciated and good luck to anyone else who is applying too :-)
    Marny 🐕
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    (Original post by Ciaracookie86)
    Hi there. I'm 31 and have applied for the level 3 diploma at caw in Leeds for april 2018.
    I haven't got any previous experience in this field but I figure I have plenty of time to get as much in as I can.
    I have a weeks experience booked in a small animals practice which also has the facilities to treat exotic animals and 3 days on a working farm which has horses goats pigs and sheep. I work full time so I am restricted to holidays to do my work experience. I am planning on doing another 2 weeks experience in different veterinary practices and have found the opportunity to volunteer at an exotic animal rescue sanctuary providing I can find some way of getting a regular night off to facilitate this.
    My question is does anyone know how many veterinary nursing student places are there on each course and how are students selected? Obviously you can't go wrong getting as much experience in as possible in the veterinary nursing field but is there anything else which would make an individual stand out? I guess having spent the last 31 years not knowing what I want to do and finally coming to the realisation that this is what I want to do with the remainder of my life I want to do everything possible to ensure I get onto this course:-)
    Any tips would be greatly appreciated and good luck to anyone else who is applying too :-)
    Marny 🐕
    I went to Myerscough college in Preston for their open day and the woman giving the talk for their veterinary nursing courses which included the level 3 diploma basically said the first thing you have to do before they will even consider taking you is to find a job in a training practice which isn't easy apparently. They also look at work experience and also state you have to have 5 GCSEs at grade C or above or relevant qualifications as recognised by city and guilds.

    I have been at college for the last 2 years, I started off doing my animal care level 2 and have just completed the 90 credit diploma in animal management and will be going back in September to do the extended diploma.

    I have volunteered at a rescue in the community for 6 months one day a week and at the college which has its own rescue and now need to get some veterinary work experience.

    I think for me what is going to hinder my chances is my GCSEs as they are terrible, I'll be redoing my English gcse in September and doing functional skills level 2 maths as they feel that will suit me better for that subject. I doubt that is going to be enough though 😞 I just turned 31 this year.
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    (Original post by gillian1986)
    I went to Myerscough college in Preston for their open day and the woman giving the talk for their veterinary nursing courses which included the level 3 diploma basically said the first thing you have to do before they will even consider taking you is to find a job in a training practice which isn't easy apparently. They also look at work experience and also state you have to have 5 GCSEs at grade C or above or relevant qualifications as recognised by city and guilds.

    I have been at college for the last 2 years, I started off doing my animal care level 2 and have just completed the 90 credit diploma in animal management and will be going back in September to do the extended diploma.

    I have volunteered at a rescue in the community for 6 months one day a week and at the college which has its own rescue and now need to get some veterinary work experience.

    I think for me what is going to hinder my chances is my GCSEs as they are terrible, I'll be redoing my English gcse in September and doing functional skills level 2 maths as they feel that will suit me better for that subject. I doubt that is going to be enough though 😞 I just turned 31 this year.
    Hey thanks for replying.
    That's pretty rough they want a whole heap of stuff I guess that proves whether you want it badly enough or not. I've got the grades and I will have the experience by time it comes to it. It's just the placement side. That's pretty daunting if I'm honest. But I guess placements do exist out there. Then there's getting a pt job around college and placement. Arrgh head blag. Suppose it will all work out fine... 🤔
    Good luck with your journey
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    Hey thanks for replying.
    That's pretty rough they want a whole heap of stuff I guess that proves whether you want it badly enough or not. I've got the grades and I will have the experience by time it comes to it. It's just the placement side. That's pretty daunting if I'm honest. But I guess placements do exist out there. Then there's getting a pt job around college and placement. Arrgh head blag. Suppose it will all work out fine... 🤔
    Good luck with your journey
    Thank you good luck to you aswell, yes placements do exist as I've managed to secure one in a vets for September. Feel really lucky as it was the first one I interviewed with and I know it can be so hard to find vet placements.
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    (Original post by gillian1986)
    Thank you good luck to you aswell, yes placements do exist as I've managed to secure one in a vets for September. Feel really lucky as it was the first one I interviewed with and I know it can be so hard to find vet placements.
    So with me not due to start until April 2018 do you reckon it's best to hold off or do you think it's theoretically possible to secure a placement now for april start? I'm waiting for the college placement advisor to ring me (they said it would be this week) with any helpful advice... I don't like limbo land. And then it's confusing as to whether you need a placement before your interview or after it. And they said mine is not going to be until after December as they've got two different lots of students starting beforehand. But then it begs the question of whether there is a correct student to placement ratio. I over think things a bit 😂
    Congrats on getting a placement secured!! You're well on your way to realising your career 😀
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    (Original post by Ciaracookie86)
    So with me not due to start until April 2018 do you reckon it's best to hold off or do you think it's theoretically possible to secure a placement now for april start? I'm waiting for the college placement advisor to ring me (they said it would be this week) with any helpful advice... I don't like limbo land. And then it's confusing as to whether you need a placement before your interview or after it. And they said mine is not going to be until after December as they've got two different lots of students starting beforehand. But then it begs the question of whether there is a correct student to placement ratio. I over think things a bit 😂
    Congrats on getting a placement secured!! You're well on your way to realising your career 😀
    See what the advisor says but I wouldn't leave it to late to secure somewhere as places in vets are hard to find and it's a competitive industry.

    My placement is only for work experience not for nurse training but even for that places are few and far between as alot of them won't take work experience on.

    The vets I'm going to already had a few students from college so I was lucky they still said yes as I thought they may say they can't have anymore, just waiting for them to confirm day and time now for September.

    I'm dreading when the time comes to apply for nurse training as I feel like I'll have to apply to alot more places to get anywhere.
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    (Original post by Ciaracookie86)
    Hi there. I'm 31 and have applied for the level 3 diploma at caw in Leeds for april 2018.
    I haven't got any previous experience in this field but I figure I have plenty of time to get as much in as I can.
    I have a weeks experience booked in a small animals practice which also has the facilities to treat exotic animals and 3 days on a working farm which has horses goats pigs and sheep. I work full time so I am restricted to holidays to do my work experience. I am planning on doing another 2 weeks experience in different veterinary practices and have found the opportunity to volunteer at an exotic animal rescue sanctuary providing I can find some way of getting a regular night off to facilitate this.
    My question is does anyone know how many veterinary nursing student places are there on each course and how are students selected? Obviously you can't go wrong getting as much experience in as possible in the veterinary nursing field but is there anything else which would make an individual stand out? I guess having spent the last 31 years not knowing what I want to do and finally coming to the realisation that this is what I want to do with the remainder of my life I want to do everything possible to ensure I get onto this course:-)
    Any tips would be greatly appreciated and good luck to anyone else who is applying too :-)
    Marny 🐕
    Hi there. I'm 30 and will be applying to start on September 2018. I was having the same concern about how many students apply and how many of them get selected when I bumped into this web page which gave me a rough idea : https://university.which.co.uk/search/course?c[q]=veterinary%20nursing Not sure if it is reliable and doesn't take into account colleges, just universities.

    It is great to see I am not the only one in their 30s applying to become a vet nurse. Looks like you are going to have a lot of varied work experience gathered for your support statement. I have managed to get 2 weeks at different vet practices in different cities, and recently I became a volunteer with the blue cross once a week. Im hoping that this experience all together with my degree in marine biology and a month of w.e. in a vet practice abroad will be enough to do a decent support statement and get myself an interview...

    What scares me most is an interview and what I have read it is that some universities have a numeracy and literacy test. wonder if anyone else has the same fear.
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    Hello I'm currently working in health care but always dreamed of becoming a vet nurse. I was wondering if I can become one without the gcse requirement? My mum got very ill when I was about to take them but I needed to be there for her so didn't take any. I was planning on going down the diploma route. I feel it's the only thing stopping me from trying. Thanks
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    (Original post by Laura_p32)
    Hello I'm currently working in health care but always dreamed of becoming a vet nurse. I was wondering if I can become one without the gcse requirement? My mum got very ill when I was about to take them but I needed to be there for her so didn't take any. I was planning on going down the diploma route. I feel it's the only thing stopping me from trying. Thanks
    This is exactly what I need to find out also, I am going to be doing gcse English and maths functional skills level 2 in September a long side my extended diploma in animal management to try and get improved grades/skills for these qualifications but still have no idea if that will be enough.

    I would like to go down the diploma route and was in email contact with the college that I would eventually like to apply to for this but they have now stopped replying still leaving me none the wiser as to if what I will have is going to be enough/ what I still need.
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    (Original post by gillian1986)
    See what the advisor says but I wouldn't leave it to late to secure somewhere as places in vets are hard to find and it's a competitive industry.

    My placement is only for work experience not for nurse training but even for that places are few and far between as alot of them won't take work experience on.

    The vets I'm going to already had a few students from college so I was lucky they still said yes as I thought they may say they can't have anymore, just waiting for them to confirm day and time now for September.

    I'm dreading when the time comes to apply for nurse training as I feel like I'll have to apply to alot more places to get anywhere.
    I know what you mean there. But are you applying for myerscough college did you say? Do they have a placement team? Basically I spoke to a really helpful lady at caw the other day who set a lot of things straight for me. Apparently the only thing they expect of you is to get the necessary work experience in (minimum 2 weeks small animal practice, and preferably some equine experience) and a prompt upload of your personal statement and references (believe you need at least one from a RVN or RVS to be acceptable but I'm intending on getting one from each practice I work at hopefully) and then you hopefully get an interview. If you succeed at interview then you receive a conditional offer, the condition being securing an ongoing placement at an approved TP. The relieving thing is that apparently they do all that. I mean there's no guarantees they will find something, however, they have contacts and experience of finding students placements and it's a lot of weight off my shoulders personally discovering that they don't expect you to do this.
    I think personally that your qualification in animal management if I was a person looking at giving places would stand you in good stead. I think it interrelates quite well. I have 15 years in retail experience so that's a transferable skill set too, as obviously there's a lot of customer service based work in veterinary practices too. I also birthed my elder dogs first and only litter last year on my own. 10 little labrador pups. All survived. I had to perform mouth to mouth and suck goo and gunk out of a few of their mouths which naturally makes me shudder now but at the time all I could think of was their welfare and survival. I also helped her deliver one of her pups breech and that was scary too.
    I think it's all about transferable skills and relevant experience when it comes to interview. I intend on throwing the kitchen sink at this and doing all I can to get on to it. But worst case and it's a no, there's always the opportunity to reapply..
    But I'd really love to be doing it now..
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    (Original post by Patsrc)
    Hi there. I'm 30 and will be applying to start on September 2018. I was having the same concern about how many students apply and how many of them get selected when I bumped into this web page which gave me a rough idea : https://university.which.co.uk/search/course?c[q]=veterinary%20nursing Not sure if it is reliable and doesn't take into account colleges, just universities.

    It is great to see I am not the only one in their 30s applying to become a vet nurse. Looks like you are going to have a lot of varied work experience gathered for your support statement. I have managed to get 2 weeks at different vet practices in different cities, and recently I became a volunteer with the blue cross once a week. Im hoping that this experience all together with my degree in marine biology and a month of w.e. in a vet practice abroad will be enough to do a decent support statement and get myself an interview...

    What scares me most is an interview and what I have read it is that some universities have a numeracy and literacy test. wonder if anyone else has the same fear.
    Nobody has mentioned a numeracy and literacy skills test but I'm sure it would be manageable. They may not do that though if you have the prerequisites regarding GCSEs. I think the biggest deciding factor comes down to your personal statement, how you perform at interview and of course your work experience.
    I think you've started on a good note personally with your work experience though. You could always ring and ask to see if there's anything better you can be doing to improve your chances. I get it though I am such a neurotic person naturally and I get so worked up about things when I really want something. But I think it's a matter of finding some way to convey that to the interviewer. They want people who have the experience and a genuine passion for the job because obviously you'll be caring for vulnerable animals and it's a hard and unglamorous job but emotionally fulfilling with that passion.
    I'm personally going to stop stressing out. Just make sure I get all my necessary experience in before personal statement time.
    I had voluntary work lined up but nobody got back in touch with me about it. But I totally forgot that a friends wife works with horses in a stables up here so I'm going to see whether it's possible to do something with her. As in this scenario more is better than less.
    I wish you all the luck in the world, are you applying to caw or are you going to uni? Your degree is in an animal related subject so that looks good to me.😀
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    (Original post by gillian1986)
    This is exactly what I need to find out also, I am going to be doing gcse English and maths functional skills level 2 in September a long side my extended diploma in animal management to try and get improved grades/skills for these qualifications but still have no idea if that will be enough.

    I would like to go down the diploma route and was in email contact with the college that I would eventually like to apply to for this but they have now stopped replying still leaving me none the wiser as to if what I will have is going to be enough/ what I still need.
    I've found its a lot easier ringing them and speaking to them. They'll have an admissions team. I'd give them a call tomorrow and just see whether they can help point you in the right direction and colleges have open days coming up in autumn time.
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    (Original post by Ciaracookie86)
    I've found its a lot easier ringing them and speaking to them. They'll have an admissions team. I'd give them a call tomorrow and just see whether they can help point you in the right direction and colleges have open days coming up in autumn time.

    Yes I will do this and try to speak to the woman who I was emailing, thank you for your comments 😊
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    (Original post by Ciaracookie86)
    Nobody has mentioned a numeracy and literacy skills test but I'm sure it would be manageable. They may not do that though if you have the prerequisites regarding GCSEs. I think the biggest deciding factor comes down to your personal statement, how you perform at interview and of course your work experience.
    I think you've started on a good note personally with your work experience though. You could always ring and ask to see if there's anything better you can be doing to improve your chances. I get it though I am such a neurotic person naturally and I get so worked up about things when I really want something. But I think it's a matter of finding some way to convey that to the interviewer. They want people who have the experience and a genuine passion for the job because obviously you'll be caring for vulnerable animals and it's a hard and unglamorous job but emotionally fulfilling with that passion.
    I'm personally going to stop stressing out. Just make sure I get all my necessary experience in before personal statement time.
    I had voluntary work lined up but nobody got back in touch with me about it. But I totally forgot that a friends wife works with horses in a stables up here so I'm going to see whether it's possible to do something with her. As in this scenario more is better than less.
    I wish you all the luck in the world, are you applying to caw or are you going to uni? Your degree is in an animal related subject so that looks good to me.😀
    I have read somewhere in here that Middlesex has a numeracy and literacy exam on the interview's day, since I graduate 5 years ago I feel so rusty when it comes about exams.

    I understand how you feel so stressed out, sometimes I get worried about not being able to do more volunteering work, for example I had to decide between being a volunteer for the zoo or an animal shelter. I picked the animal shelter though I would have definitely loved to do both. I must say I don't know if was luck or timing because at least in here in Devon there are places where to volunteer, the thing is which days they would like you to do. For me harder was the work experience with the vets. I had to email 20 different practices to get 2 weeks of work experience booked and one of those it's 80 miles away from where I live. If they haven't contact you dont give up, keep trying, contact them again, that shows you are very interested and committed.

    I wish you all the luck in the world too! I think I will be applying for the Fdsc at RVC Sparsholt and Plumpton, and to Bristol and Middlesex U as well.

    Try not to stress out too much. :cool:
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    Me too...you feel old at 30, hahaha, I'm going in at age 55 ! Animals are my absolute passion, plus the time is right for me now, as my daughter is grown up age 30
 
 
 
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