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Morning,

Does anyone have any advice on how to decide which universities to apply to?
I have done my iGCSEs and my IB qualifications already (I'm applying over a gap year). I have had to cancel out Edinburgh and Cambridge due to my IB options.
Over my gap year I will sit iGCSE physics or combined science.
Anyone have any advice or information about any of the universities?
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The best advice would be to visit all the universities on their open days and see which course you prefer. All are different with some having their own vet campus for the full 5 years, some having hospitals/referral centres as a part of the university and there is now a varied admissions process also worth considering.
Traditionally Liverpool are very interested in your work experience and another such as Cambridge places far more weight on academic achievement. Similarly with news from Bristol that they no longer plan to interview UK candidates this could mean they also become far more focussed on academic achievement than previously.
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(Original post by VMD100)
The best advice would be to visit all the universities on their open days and see which course you prefer. All are different with some having their own vet campus for the full 5 years, some having hospitals/referral centres as a part of the university and there is now a varied admissions process also worth considering.
Traditionally Liverpool are very interested in your work experience and another such as Cambridge places far more weight on academic achievement. Similarly with news from Bristol that they no longer plan to interview UK candidates this could mean they also become far more focussed on academic achievement than previously.
Thanks for your advice. I've spoken to the staff at Bristol as I visited over Summer, so I've gotten a feel for the city and the university, as well as briefly being explained their new application system. Unfortunately, due to living abroad, I am unable to visit them all due to the cost.
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Choosing your university will be a personal decision for you based on many factors. Personally, I chose after considering where I thought I was most likely to get in, the facilities of each vet school, where I wanted to live and the reputation/accreditation of each university. I would agree that visiting each campus is one of the best ways to get a feel for whether you'll enjoy studying at a particular place.

As has already been mentioned, universities vary in which aspects of your application they value most. Liverpool has traditionally had high work experience expectations, along with Nottingham I would say. Cambridge are much less interested in work experience, but want high grades. Bristol use your personal statement a lot. Places like RVC and Edinburgh appear to take quite a holistic approach. If your grades/work experience are particularly good, use this to your advantage and apply wisely.

Facilities were another important factor for me. Personally, I preferred to apply to places that have a teaching hospital rather than farming you out to a teaching hospital. This was because I preferred somewhere where I could learn from specialists within their discipline, and I've also heard worrying stories about foster practices! On the other hand, building up a better working relationship with your practice means they may trust you more and allow you to do more, and you may also get more experience dealing with the more mundane cases than referrals. At the end of the day a degree from any of the eight UK vet schools will allow you to practice with whichever animals you wish, but some universities have a reputation for certain disciplines. RVC have the biggest small animal veterinary hospital in Europe, and also have a lot of exotics specialists at their practice in Camden. Liverpool have a bigger equine hospital. Nottingham seems to be good for farm. Edinburgh is another very good for exotics.

As an international applicant, you may wish to consider international accreditation if you are planning on returning to your home country. The RVC is the only university in the world to hold full accreditation from the AVMA (American Veterinary Medical Association), EAEVE (European Association of Establishments of Veterinary Education), RCVS (Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons), AVBC (Australian Veterinary Boards Council Inc.) and the Royal Society of Biology, but Edinburgh and Glasgow are very close behind in terms of where you can work after graduation.

I hope this has given you some starting points to start looking into. If you have any specific questions then I would suggest emailing the admissions department of each university if you can't get to the open days. I am also happy to answer any questions about the RVC you may have
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