You're correct, work experience references are no longer required for the University of Surrey's School of Veterinary Medicine. Instead, they have introduced an online questionnaire as part of the shortlisting process. However, it's still encouraged for candidates to gain some animal-related work experience if they are offered a place, as it can provide valuable insights into the profession and help students better understand the demands of veterinary medicine. This additional experience can be beneficial, although it's not a strict requirement for application.
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