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    As per title, really. I have no doubt that Surrey will indeed be accredited, but logic states that a ready established vet school will be more stable than a newly opened school. Bearing in mind that I skipped A levels (I'm an Access course student), where would you go?

    Any opinions appreciated!
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    As you say, I also have no doubt that Surrey will become accredited. I wouldn't even factor that into my consideration of where to go.

    You haven't mentioned where else you're considering, and I'm not sure if I agree with basing your decision on age of a vet school (Nottingham is second newest, for example, and their facilities are exceptional and they consistently have very high student satisfaction), but here are some other factors to consider:

    - Length of course: Do you really want to do an extra year when you don't have to? Do you feel prepared enough for the five year course (although my 5 cents is that they wouldn't have accepted you if you weren't capable!), or would you rather be eased in. If you'd ever consider intercalating, would you be happy doing a 7 year course! Are you prepared for an additional year worth of debt (although chances are this is a moot point because you'll probably not pay off the loan from 5 years after 30 years)

    - The university itself. E.g. cohort size, Surrey is still small, would you prefer to go somewhere bigger or do you think it would be good to potentially have smaller classes? I wouldn't say that Surrey have particularly good facilities compared to other vet schools, have they got anything over the other uni you're considering? Are you comfortable with their 'foster practice' scheme or would you prefer a university with their own hospital.

    - Living: Would Guildford suit you? Is it cheaper to live elsewhere, or are they the cheaper uni for living costs? How much would you end up spending on transport (taxis on nights out etc)

    Those are just some ideas to get you started. I know someone at Surrey who is very happy there, but it is a totally personal choice of course
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    (Original post by Little Tail Chaser)
    As you say, I also have no doubt that Surrey will become accredited. I wouldn't even factor that into my consideration of where to go.

    You haven't mentioned where else you're considering, and I'm not sure if I agree with basing your decision on age of a vet school (Nottingham is second newest, for example, and their facilities are exceptional and they consistently have very high student satisfaction), but here are some other factors to consider:

    - Length of course: Do you really want to do an extra year when you don't have to? Do you feel prepared enough for the five year course (although my 5 cents is that they wouldn't have accepted you if you weren't capable!), or would you rather be eased in. If you'd ever consider intercalating, would you be happy doing a 7 year course! Are you prepared for an additional year worth of debt (although chances are this is a moot point because you'll probably not pay off the loan from 5 years after 30 years)

    - The university itself. E.g. cohort size, Surrey is still small, would you prefer to go somewhere bigger or do you think it would be good to potentially have smaller classes? I wouldn't say that Surrey have particularly good facilities compared to other vet schools, have they got anything over the other uni you're considering? Are you comfortable with their 'foster practice' scheme or would you prefer a university with their own hospital.

    - Living: Would Guildford suit you? Is it cheaper to live elsewhere, or are they the cheaper uni for living costs? How much would you end up spending on transport (taxis on nights out etc)

    Those are just some ideas to get you started. I know someone at Surrey who is very happy there, but it is a totally personal choice of course
    Thanks for your reply LTC My other consideration is Notts, which as you say is known to be exceptional. It's also closer to home and opens the possibility of taking a car to uni.

    I wouldn't intercalate, and although the extra year doesn't appeal in the greatest sense, it would mean a better preparation and the extra debt doesn't worry me. Cohorts are similar sizes (to an extent) and both use foster practices. Notts is cheaper for living, so overall cost would probably level out.

    Some very good points raised, but still a difficult decision!
 
 
 
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