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    I just wanted some advice on intercalation. Its something I've been thinking about for a long time and even applied to RVCs intercalated course but now its come to actually deciding what to do I'm unsure. During school I did some research stuff which was cool but I don't know if its something I would want to do every day for a year. I have a few things I find interesting such as pharmacology and microbiology but unsure if I am interested enough for the deeper level of study that it would involve.

    I'm in third year now so need to decide soonish but our lectures for more information aren't for another month. I've been trying to research into it further but most of the information seems to be for medics rather than vet students. Also our housing lists for moving out to Langford have been released so I need to decide asap as to whether I'll be staying in Bristol for another year.

    Any advice from anyone whether they've intercalated or not would be great! Thanks

    ps. I'm very indecisive!
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    (Original post by izipony)
    Hey

    I just wanted some advice on intercalation. Its something I've been thinking about for a long time and even applied to RVCs intercalated course but now its come to actually deciding what to do I'm unsure. During school I did some research stuff which was cool but I don't know if its something I would want to do every day for a year. I have a few things I find interesting such as pharmacology and microbiology but unsure if I am interested enough for the deeper level of study that it would involve.

    I'm in third year now so need to decide soonish but our lectures for more information aren't for another month. I've been trying to research into it further but most of the information seems to be for medics rather than vet students. Also our housing lists for moving out to Langford have been released so I need to decide asap as to whether I'll be staying in Bristol for another year.

    Any advice from anyone whether they've intercalated or not would be great! Thanks

    ps. I'm very indecisive!
    What are your reasons and motivations for intercalating?

    Unless you plan on going into research or academia intercalating probably isn't going to improve your employment prospects.

    If you are interested in getting a feel for research before you intercalate Bristol used to offer a "Summer Vacation Research Scholarship Scheme" of around 3-4 weeks where you were paired up with one of their research fellows. Prof Duffus used to be one of the key people running it IIRC. Much cheaper way of seeing whether research is your thing!

    Personally I was eager to get out of vet school to start practicing (and earning).
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    I intercalated with a BSc in Comparative Pathology at the RVC. I am currently in my 3rd year of the BVetMed course at RVC after finishing my intercalated degree. Personally, I loved every second of my intercalation and it is something that I would really recommend vet students to consider. Even if you do not want to go into research, if you want to do further residency training after graduation intercalation is regarded really highly. Simply because specialist veterinarians need to have certain research skills.

    I personally chose the pathology program as the course is very applied and so far has really helped me in my 3rd year pathology lectures. It gave me post-mortem skills that are not always thoroughly taught on the BVetMed course and many other useful skills that I can use in practice or a research setting. The first term was lectures, practicals and trips and the terms after christmas are based in the lab. I actually really liked my lab work and went on to study on the Cornell Veterinary Leadership program over the summer. The research project is pretty specific but you aren't going to be a PhD level expert in your topic so don't worry too much about it being really deep study.

    I still am not completely certain if I want to go into research but for me getting an extra degree in one year, having an advantage for future residency applications and becoming a better scientist to improve my clinical effectiveness was worth the extra year and extra cost.

    I hope that helps and feel free to message me with any questions

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    I just wanted some advice on intercalation. Its something I've been thinking about for a long time and even applied to RVCs intercalated course but now its come to actually deciding what to do I'm unsure. During school I did some research stuff which was cool but I don't know if its something I would want to do every day for a year. I have a few things I find interesting such as pharmacology and microbiology but unsure if I am interested enough for the deeper level of study that it would involve.

    I'm in third year now so need to decide soonish but our lectures for more information aren't for another month. I've been trying to research into it further but most of the information seems to be for medics rather than vet students. Also our housing lists for moving out to Langford have been released so I need to decide asap as to whether I'll be staying in Bristol for another year.

    Any advice from anyone whether they've intercalated or not would be great! Thanks

    ps. I'm very indecisive!
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    Hi, Im also thinking of intercalating and the whole not sure if i want to do research things isnt an issue for me because i'm pretty set on that although definitely understand the drive to just get into work and start earning. My main concern is funding as I want to do an Mres and with Student finance being... well student finance I'm getting the feeling they aren't just going to hand over another years tuition fee. Has anybody got any info on that either from what your unis have said or from personal experience?
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    (Original post by Nemo9000)
    Hi, Im also thinking of intercalating and the whole not sure if i want to do research things isnt an issue for me because i'm pretty set on that although definitely understand the drive to just get into work and start earning. My main concern is funding as I want to do an Mres and with Student finance being... well student finance I'm getting the feeling they aren't just going to hand over another years tuition fee. Has anybody got any info on that either from what your unis have said or from personal experience?
    Hi we had an intercalators lunch the other day with students that had intercalated. Apparently student finance now give you a £10,000 loan which has to cover both your tuition fees and living costs. I'm not actually thinking of doing a masters so that's just what I picked up from it. Maybe you can find more information on their website or if you call up?
    Student finance seem to get very confused by intercalation and don't quite understand what it is. Though the older students said most of the issue was when returning to veterinary medicine they didn't want to give them any more funding as they were a post grad student by then.
    At Bristol I think they get round this by not awarding your degree until you graduate veterinary or something to save student finance the confusion
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    Hi there
    I intercalated with a BSc in Comparative Pathology at the RVC. I am currently in my 3rd year of the BVetMed course at RVC after finishing my intercalated degree. Personally, I loved every second of my intercalation and it is something that I would really recommend vet students to consider. Even if you do not want to go into research, if you want to do further residency training after graduation intercalation is regarded really highly. Simply because specialist veterinarians need to have certain research skills.

    I personally chose the pathology program as the course is very applied and so far has really helped me in my 3rd year pathology lectures. It gave me post-mortem skills that are not always thoroughly taught on the BVetMed course and many other useful skills that I can use in practice or a research setting. The first term was lectures, practicals and trips and the terms after christmas are based in the lab. I actually really liked my lab work and went on to study on the Cornell Veterinary Leadership program over the summer. The research project is pretty specific but you aren't going to be a PhD level expert in your topic so don't worry too much about it being really deep study.

    I still am not completely certain if I want to go into research but for me getting an extra degree in one year, having an advantage for future residency applications and becoming a better scientist to improve my clinical effectiveness was worth the extra year and extra cost.

    I hope that helps and feel free to message me with any questions
    Sorry for the slow reply, completely forgot I even posted this!

    This does seem to be the trend I've noticed. Anyone that's done it thinks it's great and definitely worth doing whilst people that haven't don't seem to get the point!

    I think I'd like to research along side clinical work when I graduate so I think doing some research whilst at university would help getting into that. Thanks all that info is so hopeful! The Cornell veterinary leadership program sounds great but I've already booked my entire summer with EMS! Maybe next year haha.

    I think I'm going to do it just need to decide what actually in now (the decisions are never ending I swear haha). I'd really like to do the research project which is definitely a perk or intercalating.

    I've thought of a few questions:

    How did you find the style of teaching? Was it that different from vet med? I've heard of people struggling with the essays which is the main thing I'm worried about

    How have you found moving back into the year below in a social sense?

    Did you find you had to do a lot of work to catch up as you haven't had the same teaching for the first 2 years or was it not that much of jump?

    Thanks so much. Really appreciate the help 🙂
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    (Original post by izipony)
    Sorry for the slow reply, completely forgot I even posted this!

    This does seem to be the trend I've noticed. Anyone that's done it thinks it's great and definitely worth doing whilst people that haven't don't seem to get the point!

    I think I'd like to research along side clinical work when I graduate so I think doing some research whilst at university would help getting into that. Thanks all that info is so hopeful! The Cornell veterinary leadership program sounds great but I've already booked my entire summer with EMS! Maybe next year haha.

    I think I'm going to do it just need to decide what actually in now (the decisions are never ending I swear haha). I'd really like to do the research project which is definitely a perk or intercalating.

    I've thought of a few questions:

    How did you find the style of teaching? Was it that different from vet med? I've heard of people struggling with the essays which is the main thing I'm worried about

    How have you found moving back into the year below in a social sense?

    Did you find you had to do a lot of work to catch up as you haven't had the same teaching for the first 2 years or was it not that much of jump?

    Thanks so much. Really appreciate the help 🙂
    Hi no problem In answer to your questions:

    1. How did you find the style of teaching? Was it that different from vet med? I've heard of people struggling with the essays which is the main thing I'm worried about

    The first term for the BSc Comparative Pathology at RVC comprises of 2 modules. The teaching is very similar to that on the BVetMed course with exams just before Christmas. Everything is just geared for a smaller group of students so there are more opportunities to discuss questions with the lecturer etc. After christmas in the labs it is different to the BVetMed course. It is very practical as you are doing a lot of new techniques but I really enjoyed learning some new skills. This is when you also write your thesis (approx. 4000 words). This actually felt too short for me as your research project is over several months so there is plenty to write about. The style of writing is slightly different but not too dissimilar to research projects completed in the BVetMed course, just more in depth

    2. How have you found moving back into the year below in a social sense?

    I actually lived with a student in the year below during my second year of the BVetMed degree so I already knew a few people. Plus all the students that intercalate move down together so there is always someone you know. It is intimidating to see so many new faces but everyone is lovely. I worried about this myself and honestly looking back there has been no problems and I have actually really enjoyed getting to meet lots of new people. This definitely shouldn't be a major concern.

    3. Did you find you had to do a lot of work to catch up as you haven't had the same teaching for the first 2 years or was it not that much of jump?

    The BSc Comparative Pathology is brought in as new material for the 3rd year Biovets as well so it wasn't really a jump it was the same level as BVetMed. I would say the bioveterinary students had more knowledge with regards to writing scientific style papers and more lab experience. But everyone is there to help you, you have a personal supervisor for your research project and 1:1 time with them to make sure you are on the right track. Plus the BVetMed students actually had some advantages as some of the material was quite clinical and the Bioveterinary students hadn't really been taught this before as they had focused on the science. So there benefits of being each type of student but it wasn't that much of a jump and being different from the other students meant that you could really help one another.

    Hope that answer's your questions and let me know if you have any more
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    I personally wouldn't. 5 years was a awfully long slog, let alone doing anymore!
 
 
 
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