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Gap year after 4 rejections into vet med

I have received 4 rejections for my choices and I don't know if I should apply again for 2025 entry or 2026 entry if I am considering doing more work experience to enhance my application.

Im thinking 2026 entry because I think i wont get enough before the october 2024 deadline.

This is my first time applying as I am currently in year 13. 😔

I have decided to not take alternative offers ( Biovet science and Zoology) as it will be an expensive route.

What would you recommend doing?
(edited 1 month ago)
Change career choice to tech lol
Original post by davidodei
Change career choice to tech lol
bruh
Original post by GoofyGromch13
I have received 4 rejections for my choices and I don't know if I should apply again for 2025 entry or 2026 entry if I am considering doing more work experience to enhance my application.
Im thinking 2026 entry because I think i wont get enough before the october 2024 deadline.
This is my first time applying as I am currently in year 13. 😔
I have decided to not take alternative offers ( Biovet science and Zoology) as it will be an expensive route.
What would you recommend doing?
Were you rejected pre or post interview? If it was pre, there is something on your application that does not meet the requirements (or the requirements of the vet schools you applied to), whether this be academic grades or qualifications or work experience. If you were rejected post, you do have the required qualifications, predicted/actual grades and work experience, otherwise you wouldn’t have made it to the interview stage. Depending on what stage it was, either fix your application so you ensure interviews - if you need to be entered for exams and gain extensive work experience this may be difficult for a 2025 application. If it was post, work on your interview skills, of which, you could easily work on that whilst applying for a 2025 application. But remember some vet schools only allow two application cycles (I think RVC?) so apply wisely
Original post by oliviaparisx
Were you rejected pre or post interview? If it was pre, there is something on your application that does not meet the requirements (or the requirements of the vet schools you applied to), whether this be academic grades or qualifications or work experience. If you were rejected post, you do have the required qualifications, predicted/actual grades and work experience, otherwise you wouldn’t have made it to the interview stage. Depending on what stage it was, either fix your application so you ensure interviews - if you need to be entered for exams and gain extensive work experience this may be difficult for a 2025 application. If it was post, work on your interview skills, of which, you could easily work on that whilst applying for a 2025 application. But remember some vet schools only allow two application cycles (I think RVC?) so apply wisely
Thank you very much. They were all post interview rejections.
So you have had actual interviews. That is promising.

You now have a whole year to improve yourself and become a stand out applicant for next year.

I would strongly suggest you spend a year working in a veterinary practice (ask to work as a vet tech trainee for free even) and/or work on a livestock farm where you can learn a great deal in a short time (lambing/calving season, having done a few dozen of these before you even begin vet school will be useful) and work on your interview technique and people skills.

Getting your ear into the farming network is no bad thing either, as you can ask around for people who might likely take you as a student placement in the later years of the course...
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Original post by GoofyGromch13
Thank you very much. They were all post interview rejections.
Hey, last year I was in the exact same position as you, 4/4 rejections and I was so overconfident that I didn't even use my science option. This is what I did to get in this year.

-Continue interning at the Small Animal Veterinary Clinic.
-Reached out to EVERY ORGANISATION I COULD that had any sort of farm animal/horses(I lived in Asia back then and there was almost zero domestic livestock production), ended up landing an internship at the Jockey Club, a volunteer position at a rabbit kennel and another at a mixed cat/dog/cattle/pig shelter, crazy story.
-Signed up for Helpx, I found the site on this forum actually, it cost me 20 pounds or something but through that, I reached out to around 30 farms offering to volunteer. Most of them stopped taking in volunteers since covid from my impression but one offered me a 2-week bed and board volunteer position and there were 200~ sheep and 20~ cattle. Good times, learnt about flystrike and got to help milk cows. (But remember, it's about what you learnt, think about what you see. Lots of experience is good, but your interviewer would much rather hear about the lessons you learnt and the thinking you did.)
-Train up my communication skills. Communication is not my strongest suit but Veterinary and communication are deeply intertwined. This is HARD but I just forced myself to be more outgoing and chime into conversations. I've also had a studder ever since I was a kid and the way I combat that is by consciously slowing down my pace of speech once in a while. Maybe this isn't a problem for you, but we're all weird and we all have quirks. Recognise them and work towards them

Let me tell you, it doesn't feel great right now, I felt completely lost. but if you use your gap year wisely(by that I mean rich in experience, you have to go out and do stuff) you can have a hell of a ride and you'll start Veterinary school with a firmer grasp on who you are as well as more perhaps experience than your peers. You've just done 13 years of studying, use this year to yourself wisely. Good luck mate.

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