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    Hi everyone,
    I have just finished year 12 and am pretty much decided on taking a gap year, however will still apply this October for deferred entry rather than waiting until 2018 (also gives me a second chance if needed!)

    I have spoken to lots of vet students who did gap years, however ALL of them have been due to low AS results preventing them applying or so they can resit A level exams, however for me it currently looks like I'll get the needed grades.

    So my questions is - what cool things have other people done!? I am more interested in working than travelling, and have heard of a few people working as 'veterinary assistants' (basically one below a vet nurse), but I have no idea how you would find such a placement?
    Thanks!



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    (Original post by societea)
    Hi everyone,
    I have just finished year 12 and am pretty much decided on taking a gap year, however will still apply this October for deferred entry rather than waiting until 2018 (also gives me a second chance if needed!)

    I have spoken to lots of vet students who did gap years, however ALL of them have been due to low AS results preventing them applying or so they can resit A level exams, however for me it currently looks like I'll get the needed grades.

    So my questions is - what cool things have other people done!? I am more interested in working than travelling, and have heard of a few people working as 'veterinary assistants' (basically one below a vet nurse), but I have no idea how you would find such a placement?
    Thanks!



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    I'm not sure about others but the vet schools I applied to would not accept deffered entry because veterinary medicine courses are so competitive and have a high number of applicants each year.

    As for gap year, I'm personally planning on working as a shop assistant but still carrying on different work experience.
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    As above deferred entry isn't something that's usually offered, unless you've got a genuine reason for needing to defer, or unless the university offers you deferred entry (some offer places for the following year). You would probably be better off waiting a year and applying the following October when you've had your gap year otherwise you may well waste an application by trying to defer in the process.

    I had a year between finishing my first degree and starting the vet degree, I actually worked as a vet nurse (trainee) for a year and got loads of experience, and it ultimately helped masses when it came to interviews. I got the job by sending my CV to loads of training practices in the area, I was however Very honest that I wouldn't be training long term as I wanted to be a vet and they never enrolled me on the course as a result of this. For assistant jobs you could simply send your cv to practices and ask if there are any available positions for you to help out, some vets actually advertise for the position just takes a bit of searching.


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    Ah I'm surprised what people are saying about deferring - perhaps things have changed recently or perhaps it happens to be the unis I'm looking at that accept it? Having talked to admissions, Bristol and Liverpool both said they didn't mind either way, whilst Nottingham and RVC said they encourage and support deferred entry!


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    I had a year between finishing my first degree and starting the vet degree, I actually worked as a vet nurse (trainee) for a year and got loads of experience, and it ultimately helped masses when it came to interviews.

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    Lizziefickling this is exactly the sort of thing I'd love to do - were you paid during the year of training? Did you ask the practise to have you as a trainee vet nurse, or did they offer this option after seeing your cv?




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    (Original post by societea)
    Ah I'm surprised what people are saying about deferring - perhaps things have changed recently or perhaps it happens to be the unis I'm looking at that accept it? Having talked to admissions, Bristol and Liverpool both said they didn't mind either way, whilst Nottingham and RVC said they encourage and support deferred entry!




    Lizziefickling this is exactly the sort of thing I'd love to do - were you paid during the year of training? Did you ask the practise to have you as a trainee vet nurse, or did they offer this option after seeing your cv?




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    I got paid minimum wage for the position, so basically it was a year of paid work experience that I could both use to further my knowledge as well as use as work experience for when I applied. They offered me the position after seeing my CV as they had a job available at the time. I literally sent my CV round everywhere and said I was looking for a job as either a veterinary nursing assistant or a trainee vet nurse and they emailed me back and offered me an interview. It's well worth doing and put me in a stronger position when I applied


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