Maybe his answers to the 3 questions we had to fill in weren't what they were looking for? Did he meet GCSE and A-level/equivalent requirements?
Yes he did get the GCSE requirements.
He completed the work experience form, I will ask him about the 3 questions he has not mentioned them just hoping he did not miss something.
Thank you for your kind reply.
My son has not been selected for interview at RVC, he has no idea why. Strong pers statement, over and above work experience, plus 2 week course at RVC. He just can't understand why - any suggestions.
Yup same here. Daughter had knock’em dead PS, quality and quantity of experience, great references and A*AA predicted grades chemistry, biology and maths. 7A’s GCSE, 3B’s and a 9 grade in biology plus A* EPQ. She really thoroughly went through the three answers and still got turned down. Email says don’t ask for feedback. But we’d like to know where we went wrong- whole family is stunned!!
Can I ask why you both say they had excellent personal statements? Was this what the school said? Many vet schools within the UK don't actually read the personal statement, instead sending out supplementary forms for work experience or with specific questions on. Once the academic criteria have been met the scoring of these forms the basis of who gets called to interview.
All I can suggest is hold out for their other options - and if it comes to reapplying next year, use that extra year to really understand the industry in depth and gain all the experience possible within the time frame. Speak to veterinary professionals, students and maybe even those who got interviews to see what they can suggest to strengthen applications. - I interviewed for RVC this year (the graduate accelerated 4yr programme) and although I've been involved in the industry for a long time, I know my answers to the supplementary questions are very different than what I would have written at 18/19. My perspective has changed and there are things Ive learnt about the industry over time.
It's a tough field but if its what they want they won't give up! Feel free to DM me if you have any other questions you'd like to ask. Also if your children aren't on here - may I suggest they join so they can see for themselves the experience etc other candidates have and have the chance to chat to them first hand.
GCSE's they expect atleast 5A's in maths, english and the 3 sciences
A levels - most want biology, chemistry and a third subject (excluding critical thinking and the other nonsense one I can't remember the name of) at AAB but preferably AAA
Personal statement - reflecting insight into practice - both what qualities make a good vet but also how the applicant meets them