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    Hi all.I wanna know the differences between Cambridge and RVC.(pros and cons for each of them if possible)Also, I've heard that RVC can get AVMA, EAEVE, RCVS and AVBC, but how about Cambridge? Only RCVS?Is it true that I can work in all commonwealth nations if I graduate the university in England?ThanksP.S. I would be an international student because I'm Japanese and currently live in NZ 😊
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    Hi , I've the same question too but for a research degree. I got offers from both the RVC & Cambridge and it's a bit confusing to choose between 2 of the best vet schools in UK with unique education and research reputations. Hope to get a reply soon Thanks in advance
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    Hey, I'm currently a third year (well just finished third year) at Bristol vet school, so I'll try and answer your questions as best I can!

    1) I can't help too much here as I don't go to either vet school, but here's what I know is different. The Cambridge course is 6 years long, as opposed to 5 at the RVC because they make intercalating mandatory. Intercalating is when you take a year out of the vet degree essentially, to do the final year of another degree program (eg anatomy, genetics, biochem etc) and you get a BSc in that, before returning to complete the clinical years of the vet degree. It's important to note that RVC do offer this as an option, but with them it's just that - an option, whereas Cambridge don't give you a choice in the matter. If you have any more specific questions, I can try and help (I know a bit more about RVC as I did apply there and get an offer). Or I can definitely help if you are also interested in Bristol.
    2) Cambridge is also EAEVE accredited according to their website. With the AVBC, assuming that's what you meant (the Australian one), all the British vet schools that are accredited by the RCVS, our governing body (so currently all except the newest school, Surrey) are considered accredited by the AVBC and so graduates from British vet schools can practice in New Zealand and Australia without needing to sit any extra exams, as far as I know. AVMA accreditation is where Cambridge and the RVC differ, as Cambridge is not AVMA accredited. In the UK, only Edinburgh, Glasgow and the RVC are AVMA accredited, although Bristol is also in the process of getting accreditation.
    3) This one I'm not sure about, sorry. It partly depends on whether you mean would you be allowed to work at all, or whether you mean would you have to sit any extra exams etc to get licensed. If it's the second one, then no you can't just work in the commonwealth nations without any extra hoops to jump through, as Canada is a commonwealth country and only graduates of AVMA accredited schools are allowed to practice there without sitting additional licensing exams. I'd recommend looking up the individual requirements for the vet licensing boards of whichever country you might be interested in working in, as each country will have it's own requirements.

    Hopefully this helped a bit! If you have any more questions, please feel free to ask and I'll do my best to answer
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    Hey, I'm currently a third year (well just finished third year) at Bristol vet school, so I'll try and answer your questions as best I can!

    1) I can't help too much here as I don't go to either vet school, but here's what I know is different. The Cambridge course is 6 years long, as opposed to 5 at the RVC because they make intercalating mandatory. Intercalating is when you take a year out of the vet degree essentially, to do the final year of another degree program (eg anatomy, genetics, biochem etc) and you get a BSc in that, before returning to complete the clinical years of the vet degree. It's important to note that RVC do offer this as an option, but with them it's just that - an option, whereas Cambridge don't give you a choice in the matter. If you have any more specific questions, I can try and help (I know a bit more about RVC as I did apply there and get an offer). Or I can definitely help if you are also interested in Bristol.
    2) Cambridge is also EAEVE accredited according to their website. With the AVBC, assuming that's what you meant (the Australian one), all the British vet schools that are accredited by the RCVS, our governing body (so currently all except the newest school, Surrey) are considered accredited by the AVBC and so graduates from British vet schools can practice in New Zealand and Australia without needing to sit any extra exams, as far as I know. AVMA accreditation is where Cambridge and the RVC differ, as Cambridge is not AVMA accredited. In the UK, only Edinburgh, Glasgow and the RVC are AVMA accredited, although Bristol is also in the process of getting accreditation.
    3) This one I'm not sure about, sorry. It partly depends on whether you mean would you be allowed to work at all, or whether you mean would you have to sit any extra exams etc to get licensed. If it's the second one, then no you can't just work in the commonwealth nations without any extra hoops to jump through, as Canada is a commonwealth country and only graduates of AVMA accredited schools are allowed to practice there without sitting additional licensing exams. I'd recommend looking up the individual requirements for the vet licensing boards of whichever country you might be interested in working in, as each country will have it's own requirements.

    Hopefully this helped a bit! If you have any more questions, please feel free to ask and I'll do my best to answer
    Wow!! This is REALLY helpful, thank you so much! I didn't know that Edinburgh and Glasgow are also AVMA accredited.. Do the other vet schools in UK have that BSc system as well (either compulsory or optional)?
    Also, if you don't mind, would you be able to tell me why you've chosen Bristol, not RVC? What made you choose Bristol? Thanks😘
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    (Original post by Moonie-vet)
    Wow!! This is REALLY helpful, thank you so much! I didn't know that Edinburgh and Glasgow are also AVMA accredited.. Do the other vet schools in UK have that BSc system as well (either compulsory or optional)?
    Also, if you don't mind, would you be able to tell me why you've chosen Bristol, not RVC? What made you choose Bristol? Thanks😘
    I'm pretty sure you can intercalate at any of the vet schools. It's just that Cambridge make it mandatory. This was one of the reasons I wasn't keen on applying to Cambridge (my lacking grades aside!) and now that I'm at vet school I'm glad that I'm not intercalating. A lot of people in my year are about to intercalate and for some people it's a great option, but it's not for me. Personally I'm not interested in taking another year of what is already a long degree to study something else, especially when I'm not keen on going into research or doing postgraduate study or anything.

    My choice for Bristol over the RVC was kind of made for me, given that the RVC didn't give me an offer whereas Bristol did. Saying that I'm very glad I've ended up at Bristol for a few reasons. The main one is the cost of living - London is extortionately expensive to rent a flat and live in, especially the area around the RVC's Camden campus which is pretty central. Also London is a massive city obviously, and I come from quite a small rural town so I think London would have been a bit overwhelming for me? Whereas Bristol is a much smaller city, although still an amazing one to live in.

    Other than that, the year size at RVC is huge (the biggest of any vet school at 250ish I believe), whereas Bristol's years are a bit smaller (intake is 150 each year) and I prefer a smaller year. As it is I still don't know everyone in my year, let alone if there were another 100 people. And the fact that the RVC is only vet students, or students studying some kind of veterinary based science. Some of my closest friends at Bristol are non vet students, and I think for me at least it was really important to find people I could socialise with away from the vet course, so that I had some breathing room! The RVC is part of the larger University of London so has access to all it's societies etc so it's not impossible to meet students on other courses there, but for example I was in halls where I was the only vet student on my floor, which was nice for me to have some variety.

    Bristol is also closer to home for me as I come from Somerset, which is the county directly south of Bristol so that helps with travel costs to/from home, although since you're an international student I imagine it'll all be fairly similar cost wise for travel!
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    (Original post by bristolvet94)
    I'm pretty sure you can intercalate at any of the vet schools. It's just that Cambridge make it mandatory. This was one of the reasons I wasn't keen on applying to Cambridge (my lacking grades aside!) and now that I'm at vet school I'm glad that I'm not intercalating. A lot of people in my year are about to intercalate and for some people it's a great option, but it's not for me. Personally I'm not interested in taking another year of what is already a long degree to study something else, especially when I'm not keen on going into research or doing postgraduate study or anything.

    My choice for Bristol over the RVC was kind of made for me, given that the RVC didn't give me an offer whereas Bristol did. Saying that I'm very glad I've ended up at Bristol for a few reasons. The main one is the cost of living - London is extortionately expensive to rent a flat and live in, especially the area around the RVC's Camden campus which is pretty central. Also London is a massive city obviously, and I come from quite a small rural town so I think London would have been a bit overwhelming for me? Whereas Bristol is a much smaller city, although still an amazing one to live in.

    Other than that, the year size at RVC is huge (the biggest of any vet school at 250ish I believe), whereas Bristol's years are a bit smaller (intake is 150 each year) and I prefer a smaller year. As it is I still don't know everyone in my year, let alone if there were another 100 people. And the fact that the RVC is only vet students, or students studying some kind of veterinary based science. Some of my closest friends at Bristol are non vet students, and I think for me at least it was really important to find people I could socialise with away from the vet course, so that I had some breathing room! The RVC is part of the larger University of London so has access to all it's societies etc so it's not impossible to meet students on other courses there, but for example I was in halls where I was the only vet student on my floor, which was nice for me to have some variety.

    Bristol is also closer to home for me as I come from Somerset, which is the county directly south of Bristol so that helps with travel costs to/from home, although since you're an international student I imagine it'll all be fairly similar cost wise for travel!
    Again, thank you very much for your kind and detailed advice. They are exactly what I wanted to know. I'm also happy to study in a smaller university with a wide variety of people!! Also, I'm not interested in the intercalating at all. Your advice truely helped me with deciding which university to go. I will study hard!!!!! I really appreciate if you can help me again sometime. Thank you
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    (Original post by Moonie-vet)
    Again, thank you very much for your kind and detailed advice. They are exactly what I wanted to know. I'm also happy to study in a smaller university with a wide variety of people!! Also, I'm not interested in the intercalating at all. Your advice truely helped me with deciding which university to go. I will study hard!!!!! I really appreciate if you can help me again sometime. Thank you
    No problem. Bear in mind though, before you get your heart set too much on one particular university that odds are you won't get offers for all the ones you apply for. Or at least that's how it is for home students, don't know the situation with international students. Whichever vet school you end up at, odds are you'll love it.

    And yes if you've got any more questions at any point feel free to PM me and ask, I'm more than happy to help if I can
 
 
 
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