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Can anyone give me any advice/tips on my cover letter before I send it off? Thanks

Dear XXX,

I am writing to enquire whether you may offer me a placement at your veterinary practice in order to gain some invaluable voluntary work experience.

I am 19 years old and am currently working as a Business Administration apprentice. I have good GCSE and A-Level results and also have a Level 3 Diploma in Health and Social Care.

I have always loved animals from being small and have had different pets over the years. I have a horse who I have owned for the past 7 years. This is my main hobby which is a huge responsibility and takes up most of my time when I’m not working. I have work experience helping out at pony clubs every Saturday for 2 years, volunteering at Burgham Horse Trials multiple times and working at Pets Corner for a week where I fed, cleaned and cared for a range of animals, including pigs, goats and rabbits.

I wish to gain an insight into the world of veterinary, to set me up for a career as a Veterinary Nurse. I am hoping to apply for the Level 3 Diploma in Veterinary Nursing in the near future. This course requires a clinical placement at an RCVS approved practice, which I believe your practice to be. If you currently do not have the space to take on any volunteers/trainees, I understand, but please consider me if a space becomes available. I would be hugely grateful for the experience. This will be my first placement, but I do believe I can provide a valuable helping hand at your practice.

I believe myself to be extremely hard working, intuitive and most importantly, passionate about animals and providing the best quality of care for them.

If you are able to offer me a placement for any period of time, I would be hugely appreciative.

Many thanks and I look forward to hearing from you.

Yours sincerely,
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Looks good to me, if you have a CV maybe attach that too but otherwise this looks really good! Sounds very polite, discusses skills you already have and what you intend to do in the future so shows that they’re not giving a placement to any random person!

It’s preferable if you give them some dates just so that they know when they can have you and for how long your placement is going to be but if you’re booking in advance and can be flexible then this shouldn’t be a problem!

You might also want to add a section specific to the practice eg if you have a connection to the practice then mention it, if they have specialised vets state an interest in that, it generally shows a bit of research into the establishment and it will impress the practice managers.

On a quick note about work experience- don’t be disheartened if you get a few rejections when sending out letters, it happens to everyone and I’m pretty sure that for every placement I got (I’m a 2020 veterinary medicine applicant) I had a rejection, sometimes due to my age, sometimes because they already had students for that period of time, one placement I sent a letter to never even replied! Just keep applying- they will accept you eventually!

Good luck with your applications and work experience, I bet they’ll all be very lucky to have you
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That is a good covering letter!
If you are applying locally I would always visit the practice in person, and if not a telephone call - it is much harder to say no face to face whereas an email can be easily ignored or deflected. At the end of the day a vet practice is taking students, especially pre-university, out of their own good will and will be heavily over-subscribed. Many people who want to be vets actually do not once they see the reality so they will want to filter out the wannabes from the can be's. Good luck
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(Original post by Vetgirl07)
Looks good to me, if you have a CV maybe attach that too but otherwise this looks really good! Sounds very polite, discusses skills you already have and what you intend to do in the future so shows that they’re not giving a placement to any random person!

It’s preferable if you give them some dates just so that they know when they can have you and for how long your placement is going to be but if you’re booking in advance and can be flexible then this shouldn’t be a problem!

You might also want to add a section specific to the practice eg if you have a connection to the practice then mention it, if they have specialised vets state an interest in that, it generally shows a bit of research into the establishment and it will impress the practice managers.

On a quick note about work experience- don’t be disheartened if you get a few rejections when sending out letters, it happens to everyone and I’m pretty sure that for every placement I got (I’m a 2020 veterinary medicine applicant) I had a rejection, sometimes due to my age, sometimes because they already had students for that period of time, one placement I sent a letter to never even replied! Just keep applying- they will accept you eventually!

Good luck with your applications and work experience, I bet they’ll all be very lucky to have you
Thank you! I've made a list of 20 practices so hopefully at least one will respond! I won't give up
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(Original post by TheWannabeFarmer)
That is a good covering letter!
If you are applying locally I would always visit the practice in person, and if not a telephone call - it is much harder to say no face to face whereas an email can be easily ignored or deflected. At the end of the day a vet practice is taking students, especially pre-university, out of their own good will and will be heavily over-subscribed. Many people who want to be vets actually do not once they see the reality so they will want to filter out the wannabes from the can be's. Good luck
I think I will, they are all pretty local so that is probably a good idea. Thank you!
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