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does anyone have any experience at getting into a french vet school (im looking into alfort and nantes) by admission parallele (or anything at all relating to french vet school such as course content)? I'm wondering about transferring to france for clinical from a course in the uk and im wondering if anyone can give any advice...
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if you qualify from a french vet school dont you have to work there for a certain number of years afterwards?
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Hello there, it just so happens that as of yesterday I am now enlightened in the ways of french vet school (i'm staying with a french girl at my dairy placement). Right....honestly it sounds like getting into vet school there is tougher than in England.

You do 'le bac' (equivilent to A levels here) and you have to have good grades there, then you do 2years of like scienced based learning with a veterinary bias (the french girl says they were all working all day, really really hard and it was way hard than le bac and they got like 6hours sleep a night), then after this very few of them get into actual vet school (which is then 6 years long).

And this girl did well in le bac, got onto the 2 year course, worked her arse off, then failed to get into vet school....

Maybe we have it easy over here...
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(sorry if somebody more informed comes along with better facts, the above is just what I managed to get the jist of, there was a language barrier lol)
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I have no idea about france, in holland (was considering applying there) it's simply a weighted lottery!
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(Original post by 00nay00)
Hello there, it just so happens that as of yesterday I am now enlightened in the ways of french vet school (i'm staying with a french girl at my dairy placement). Right....honestly it sounds like getting into vet school there is tougher than in England.

You do 'le bac' (equivilent to A levels here) and you have to have good grades there, then you do 2years of like scienced based learning with a veterinary bias (the french girl says they were all working all day, really really hard and it was way hard than le bac and they got like 6hours sleep a night), then after this very few of them get into actual vet school (which is then 6 years long).

And this girl did well in le bac, got onto the 2 year course, worked her arse off, then failed to get into vet school....

Maybe we have it easy over here...
The Baccalauréat is a ***** tbh, but that's another story, haha.
So the "2-year course" is actually called a "prépa" (classe préparatoire option BCPST (Biologie, Chimie, Physique, Sciences de la Terre), so you'd better have done Maths, Physics, Chemistry and Biology at A-Levels. The entrance requirements are high and you are expected to be an extremely good all-rounder, since you don't have only science subjects but also Philosophy, French (Literature), Geography, 2 languages and Computer science classes.

These 2 years are supposed to be the hardest of your life, meaning you have about 30h of classes per week, excluding your personal work of course. Students are all excellent and most can cope with amazing amount of work to do or lessons to learn because French students are used to have stupidly heavy timetables and lots of work in every subject. Grades during the first year decrease in a worrying way (like if you were getting As and then E-Us, haha) and I know that lots of my friends call that the convent, because you have like no social life and you only work, work and work again. You have exams every week and incredible amounts of homework and lessons to learn.

If you successfully finish these 2 years, then you can take the exam (concours) to try to enter one of the 4 veterinary schools in France, and I can tell you that the competition is fierce ! You have a 4-year course and finally a 5th year during which you'll get specialised for like horses, pets or health services. And you finally are a vet med
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(Original post by Ilios_Lampros)
does anyone have any experience at getting into a french vet school (im looking into alfort and nantes) by admission parallele (or anything at all relating to french vet school such as course content)? I'm wondering about transferring to france for clinical from a course in the uk and im wondering if anyone can give any advice...
I don't think you can do that, but I don't know much about vet schools. Apparently they only take students doing Erasmus/Socrates/Leonardo Da Vinci programmes and I supposed UK and France degrees are a bit different so you may have studied things they didn't or they studied things and you didn't, it may be hard to get used to it.

Edit : I just had a look and basically, Nantes asks you to take the exam but you have to start the whole degree. Otherwise :
If you are a student in a Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of a foreign university which is not partner of the ENVN in the framework of Socrates, you will not be able to do a study period at the ENVN.
It probably works the same way if you want to transfer, but anyway, the best is to ask them if it would be possible.
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Wel I grew up in France and started the BCPST "prépa" course to get into vet school as I'd been rejected by British unis.

The annoying thing is that the preparatory course isn't only for prospective vet students, but also for students who want to become agricultural engineers.. basically you do approximately the same amount of maths, physics, chemistry and biology (and half the biology is to do with plants!)... All this so they can then cream off the best students who were able to accumulate as much of that information as possible into their little brains..
You don't need to get any work experience or show any aptitude for working with animals... all you need to do is be really good at sciences and passing exams!

Anyway, I reapplied and got into the RVC so I left half way through the course.. didn't regret it one bit!
Not sure if you can transfer for a year to a French vet school as the courses are all very different. As said above, they're part of the Erasmus program which no UK uni seems to be part of... I'm pretty sure you can apply to French unis as a graduate vet in order to specialise, or for an internship.. probably best you email the different unis and ask!
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