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Can I still be a vet if I don't take A level Chemistry?

Hi there, I'm in year 12 and I am taking A level biology, psychology, religious studies and AS level EPQ.
My EPQ is going to be centralised around animal research.
I didn't get the grade I wanted to in GCSE chemistry, which meant I didn't quite get the entry requirements at my school to take A level Chemistry.
Is there any way I could become a vet without it?
I got a grade 5 in GCSE chemistry.

Please be brutally honest if need be.
Original post by MikaylaLC
Hi there, I'm in year 12 and I am taking A level biology, psychology, religious studies and AS level EPQ.
My EPQ is going to be centralised around animal research.
I didn't get the grade I wanted to in GCSE chemistry, which meant I didn't quite get the entry requirements at my school to take A level Chemistry.
Is there any way I could become a vet without it?
I got a grade 5 in GCSE chemistry.

Please be brutally honest if need be.

There are 11 vet schools so
1) nottingham https://www.nottingham.ac.uk/studywithus/ugstudy/courses/UG/Veterinary-Medicine-and-Surgery-BVM-BVS-with-BVMedSci-BVMBVS-U6UVTMVS.html no (need chemistry)
2) university of london https://www.rvc.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/bachelor-of-veterinary-medicine-intercalated?utm_source=UoL&utm_medium=Website&utm_campaign=RVC no
3) https://www.undergraduate.study.cam.ac.uk/courses/veterinary-medicine no
4)https://www.liverpool.ac.uk/courses/2023/veterinary-science-bvsc ‘AAA including Biology, one other academic science related subject’ no
5) https://www.ed.ac.uk/studying/undergraduate/degrees/index.php?action=view&code=D100 no
6) https://www.gla.ac.uk/undergraduate/degrees/veterinarymedicine/ no
7)https://www.bristol.ac.uk/vet-school/ no
8)https://www.surrey.ac.uk/undergraduate/veterinary-medicine-and-science no
9) https://www.keele.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/undergraduatecourses/veterinarymedicineandsurgery/ no
10) https://www.uclan.ac.uk/undergraduate/courses/veterinary-medicine-surgery-bvms yes
‘AAB (two science subjects, plus one other)’ see their table
11) https://www.aber.ac.uk/en/vet-sci/ no

Look at foundation year or gateway year vet med courses
https://www.uclan.ac.uk/undergraduate/courses/veterinary-medicine-surgery-foundation-entry-bvms
https://www.nottingham.ac.uk/studywithus/ugstudy/courses/UG/Veterinary-Medicine-and-Surgery-including-a-Gateway-Year-BVM-BVS-with-BVMedSci-BVMBVS-U6UVTMGY.html
https://www.liverpool.ac.uk/courses/2023/foundation-to-human-and-animal-health-professions-veterinary-science-year-0
https://www.bristol.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/2023/vet-science/bvsc-gateway-to-veterinary-science/
…look at more from the other 11 vet med schools websites
(edited 6 months ago)
Reply 2
Thanks so much : )
You can get onto a lot of the vet courses without Chemistry A Level, however if you're straight out of sixth form and your only qualifications are A Levels you will probably struggle, as one of them usually needs to be Chemistry.

If you're prepared to get further education after your A Levels, you can potentially get in without doing A Level Chemistry. Examples: Access to HE Diploma, BTECs, getting a degree in a different science subject first before later applying to vet med (you are not entitled to a loan for your second degree so you would need to fund it out of pocket).

The user above me linked you to some of the vet courses; I encourage you to go through these yourself to see what education requirements you will need. You will find that most of them do actually require Chemistry A Level, unless you undertake extra education/different qualifications.

Hope this helps. :smile:
Reply 4
I know someone with an offer to liverpool vetsci with biology, geography and comp sci a level, as geog is counted as an academic science related subject. You could maybe drop an email to see if psychology is also considered one, but if i had to guess it would be

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