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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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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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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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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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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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Hi, I am currently doing my Alevels and I am thinking of applyig to Bristol to study veterinary medicine. What did you do to make yourself stand out and to get accepted? I am asking this becuase I feel like I haven't got enough work epxerience. many thanks!
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Hi , I am currently doing my Alevels and thinking about studying veterinary medicine. What did you do to make yourself stand out of the crowd and what does Bristol like to see from applicants? sorry I am asking this because I feel like I haven't got enough work expereince.
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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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What work experience do you have so far? Have you any more planned for the summer? In theory Bristol only ask for 2 weeks (1 week vet and 1 week varied related areas) but I suspect most that apply have 4 or 5 times that at least. A decent amount of work experience is recommended anyway to make sure that it is the career for you before you apply. It is also dangerous to only think about one university in particular. It is such a competitive course then you are lucky if you get one or two offers out of four applications. If you only apply to Bristol then you are reducing your chances of getting an offer.


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Hi , I am currently doing my Alevels and thinking about studying veterinary medicine. What did you do to make yourself stand out of the crowd and what does Bristol like to see from applicants? sorry I am asking this because I feel like I haven't got enough work expereince.
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(Original post by 2112nin)Hi, I am currently doing my Alevels and I am thinking of applyig to Bristol to study veterinary medicine. What did you do to make yourself stand out and to get accepted? I am asking this becuase I feel like I haven't got enough work epxerience. many thanks!
(Original post by 2112nin)
Hi, I am currently doing my Alevels and I am thinking of applyig to Bristol to study veterinary medicine. What did you do to make yourself stand out and to get accepted? I am asking this becuase I feel like I haven't got enough work epxerience. many thanks!
in my experience, to get accepted into vet school you need to have 1) a good set of grades at GCSE 2) Be doing biology and chemistry at A-Level 3) have good predicted grades 4) have lots of work experience. I had about 8-10 weeks going in and i would say most people have the same

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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!

How is it living in Langford? In terms of groceries, gym, social life, job opportunities, etc. I've heard the veterinary amenities are great so I have no doubts about that
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How is it living in Langford? In terms of groceries, gym, social life, job opportunities, etc. I've heard the veterinary amenities are great so I have no doubts about that
Sorry for the delayed reply, been a busy few days! Personally I really like living in Langford. There's no doubt it's quieter than living in Bristol, but after three years in the city I was ready for a quieter life. Also Bristol is only a 30-40 minute drive away, so it's really easy to get back into the city whenever I want.

Most of the towns/villages that people tend to live in have a small shop (like a Tesco express) for the odd groceries, but most people will drive to the nearby bigger towns (generally Weston-super-Mare) to do food shopping as that's where the big supermarkets are. It means I have to plan my meals more in advance than I did in Bristol, but that probably means I end up impulse buying less food so it's a good thing!

There's a fair few gyms in the local area. There's a gym on the Langford campus itself, which is really cheap (maybe £60 for the year or something like that?), but it is quite small. I used to go to the gym in Churchill, the next village over from Langford which was quite a nice gym and did student discount. (The reason I've stopped going is starting running outside, not any problems with the gym!)

Social life will very much be what you make it. I go back into Bristol a lot for society stuff as that's where my main group of friends are, but a lot of people I think just socialise with the other vets that are out at Langford. There are lots of nice pubs out here, and Centaur, the vet student society, will generally put on coaches to get us to any of their socials in Bristol if you want to go to those.

Traditional job opportunities are probably not as easy to find as they are in Bristol, but honestly once you get to 4th year I don't know many people who still had a normal job. There are a fair few opportunities for casual work. I do a lot of work for the university working on open days, and offer holder days, which pay pretty well but are relatively sporadic. Easy to fit around work though. Then I know that the Langford dairy farm, Wyndhurst, often hires students to do milking for them, and so do some of the local farms. Worth noting though that cost of living is generally cheaper in Langford, as average rent is about £100 a month cheaper than in Bristol, so you may not need a job so bad when you move out to Langford.

Basically, I really like living in Langford! Hope that helped, if you've got any more questions I'm more than happy to answer them
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Hi my son will start studying veterinary medicine at Bristol university in September 2019.... he's also from Ireland ( Northern Ireland)
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Hi my son will start studying veterinary medicine at Bristol university in September 2019.... he's also from Ireland ( Northern Ireland)
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My son has just received his results and so is also heading Bristol vet school. From Scotland. Has he found any links to a chat group for 2019 intake students at Bristol vet?
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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!
I am just wondering as I am leaning towards applying to Bristol for Veterinary next year whether there were any specific accommodations that I should look at best suited for Veterinary?
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