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    I have an offer to do veterinary medicine at Bristol. I went to see the uni for a day and got out to see the Langford campus which was exceptional. I am also taking a gap year this year, so I have to decide whether to accept my offer from Bristol for 2019 entry or reapply to other universities this coming September and see if I can get more offers (I believe applying for deferred entry put some universities off) as I only have got one this year. I am nervous about accepting Bristol on the strength of only a few hours in Langford without having even seen the city. I guess my question is, can anyone tell me exactly about their experiences in Bristol uni doing vet med and if they can advise me on what to do? Thanks!
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    (Original post by beatapowell)
    I have an offer to do veterinary medicine at Bristol. I went to see the uni for a day and got out to see the Langford campus which was exceptional. I am also taking a gap year this year, so I have to decide whether to accept my offer from Bristol for 2019 entry or reapply to other universities this coming September and see if I can get more offers (I believe applying for deferred entry put some universities off) as I only have got one this year. I am nervous about accepting Bristol on the strength of only a few hours in Langford without having even seen the city. I guess my question is, can anyone tell me exactly about their experiences in Bristol uni doing vet med and if they can advise me on what to do? Thanks!
    I absolutely loved my three years in Bristol to start the degree. I'm a current 4th year and honestly I was actually a little bit sad to move to Langford for 4th year! Not that Langford isn't amazing, but Bristol is great! It's a wonderful place to live. Also the teaching whilst you're in Bristol is great. You'll primarily be based in the vet building on Southwell Street, which has a huge dissection room that you'll spend a lot of time in, a vet museum with computers and lots of potted anatomy specimens which we use for studying/group work, and a barn with live animals including goats, ponies, small rodents and snakes that you'll have open access to for 'handling practice' aka cuddles!

    If you've got any specific questions about Bristol let me know. Personally I'd advise you to take the offer. If nothing else, there's no guarantee that you'll get another offer next year. Bristol is a wonderful vet school and wherever you end up I'm sure you'd love it so there's no sense in rejecting an offer on the chance that you'll get some next year. A lot of people only get one offer - Bristol was my only offer and I'm very glad that I ended up here as I love it!
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    (Original post by bristolvet94)
    I absolutely loved my three years in Bristol to start the degree. I'm a current 4th year and honestly I was actually a little bit sad to move to Langford for 4th year! Not that Langford isn't amazing, but Bristol is great! It's a wonderful place to live. Also the teaching whilst you're in Bristol is great. You'll primarily be based in the vet building on Southwell Street, which has a huge dissection room that you'll spend a lot of time in, a vet museum with computers and lots of potted anatomy specimens which we use for studying/group work, and a barn with live animals including goats, ponies, small rodents and snakes that you'll have open access to for 'handling practice' aka cuddles!

    If you've got any specific questions about Bristol let me know. Personally I'd advise you to take the offer. If nothing else, there's no guarantee that you'll get another offer next year. Bristol is a wonderful vet school and wherever you end up I'm sure you'd love it so there's no sense in rejecting an offer on the chance that you'll get some next year. A lot of people only get one offer - Bristol was my only offer and I'm very glad that I ended up here as I love it!

    Okay thats some really good advice thank you! Did you see any other vet schools that may be comparable with it? Also out of interest, where did you move from? Thanks!
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    (Original post by beatapowell)
    Okay thats some really good advice thank you! Did you see any other vet schools that may be comparable with it? Also out of interest, where did you move from? Thanks!
    The only two other vet schools that I looked around were Cambridge and Surrey. At the Cambridge open day I spent more time looking around the individual colleges to decide which one to apply to (I ended up not applying there at all) and didn't really look at the vet school so much. Now though I'm glad I didn't go to Cambridge mainly because of the fact that they make everyone intercalate, so do a year of another degree in the middle of the vet degree. Whilst there are definite benefits to doing that, it's not for me and I appreciate that at Bristol (and every other vet school) you get a choice over whether or not to intercalate.

    Surrey I'd be reluctant to put too much weight on my assessment of them on my open day for the main reason that their vet school was still being built when I visited! I know that personally Surrey was my last choice at the time, but that was mainly because I would have been in their first ever year group and I didn't really want to be part of the guinea pig year group. From everything I've heard, it sounds like they're doing all the right things and they'll have graduates by the time you start in 2019, but I will admit that at the time I viewed them less favourably than the established vet schools. Also I like the system that Bristol has for clinical teaching, where we've got Langford and we've got the university owned teaching hospitals on site, as opposed to I believe Surrey and Nottingham where they don't have their own hospitals and instead your final year rotations are in various partner practices in the area.

    I'm very local to Bristol, as I grew up in mid Somerset. Now that I'm living in Langford I live 15 minutes away from one parent and 30 minutes from the other!
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    (Original post by bristolvet94)
    The only two other vet schools that I looked around were Cambridge and Surrey. At the Cambridge open day I spent more time looking around the individual colleges to decide which one to apply to (I ended up not applying there at all) and didn't really look at the vet school so much. Now though I'm glad I didn't go to Cambridge mainly because of the fact that they make everyone intercalate, so do a year of another degree in the middle of the vet degree. Whilst there are definite benefits to doing that, it's not for me and I appreciate that at Bristol (and every other vet school) you get a choice over whether or not to intercalate.

    Surrey I'd be reluctant to put too much weight on my assessment of them on my open day for the main reason that their vet school was still being built when I visited! I know that personally Surrey was my last choice at the time, but that was mainly because I would have been in their first ever year group and I didn't really want to be part of the guinea pig year group. From everything I've heard, it sounds like they're doing all the right things and they'll have graduates by the time you start in 2019, but I will admit that at the time I viewed them less favourably than the established vet schools. Also I like the system that Bristol has for clinical teaching, where we've got Langford and we've got the university owned teaching hospitals on site, as opposed to I believe Surrey and Nottingham where they don't have their own hospitals and instead your final year rotations are in various partner practices in the area.

    I'm very local to Bristol, as I grew up in mid Somerset. Now that I'm living in Langford I live 15 minutes away from one parent and 30 minutes from the other!
    Oh wow thats so lucky, Id be coming over from Ireland you see. Are there any really obvious pros to take Bristol? Sorry I just want to be thorough!
 
 
 
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