As I’ve researched becoming a vet I’ve added key links and short pieces of useful information to this page. Let me know if you think there are any other areas it could cover!
Things I’ve found useful for prospective vet students:
There is lots of information out there for school-leavers applying for veterinary medicine. Although some of these links will be relevant to taking vet med as a first degree, they’re mostly focussed on graduate entry and a career change.
UK universities offering veterinary medicine:
- Royal Veterinary College
- Surrey (not yet accredited by RCVS)
Of these, the universities in England accept graduates on the usual (£9000 per year) scale of fees, whilst Edinburgh and Glasgow both charge much more.
Coursera – EdiVet: Do you have what it takes to be a veterinary surgeon? A five-week MOOC looking at key skills and awareness that a vet would need, designed to give you a taste for what the degree will be like. I’ll report back when I’ve given it a go 😉
The Student Room – Veterinary Medicine Resources Thread There are a lot of links on this page and you need to remember some of the advice is forum-based so you don’t know the source. Still very useful though!
“Applying as a Post-Grad” article on applyingtovetschool.wingsketcher.com
Examples of vet jobs:
Graduate profiles put together by the AVS.
The BVA have a page about becoming a vet featuring 10-minute interviews with different veterinary professionals.
Veterinary practice is regulated in the UK by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS). To work as a vet you must be registered with the RCVS; “veterinarian” is a protected title so by law, only registered practitioners can call themselves vets. The RCVS is also responsible for accreditation of universities and some veterinary practices (the Practice Standards Scheme). Besides this they share many roles with veterinary associations (listed below).
Veterinary associations have a range of functions and each has a different mission statement. However in general they exist to support vets in their careers, advise governments on related policy, encourage and publish research, promote animal welfare, facilitate sharing of best practice and provide CPD training.
British Veterinary Association – this website has some useful pages about becoming a vet and sources of funding for graduates.
There are LOTS of associations to choose from… I don’t think you need an in depth knowledge of these to start your vet degree, but an awareness of their existence and breadth is probably a good idea.
British Cattle Veterinary Association (BCVA) – British Equine Veterinary Association (BEVA) – British Small Animal Veterinary Association (BSAVA) – British Poultry Veterinary Association (BPVA) – British Veterinary Zoological Society (BVZA) – Sheep Veterinary Society (SVS, part of the BVA) –
British Veterinary Orthopaedic Association (BVOA, part of the BSAVA) – British Veterinary Forensic and Law Association (BVFLA) – British Veterinary Behaviour Association (BVBA) – British Veterinary Dental Association (BVDA) – to name a few…
Other organisations of interest:
Vet Futures – a group looking at the future of the profession.
National Sheep Association – useful section on “know your sheep” for work experience on sheep farms.
Miscellaneous other links/reading:
Veterinary Practice News (USA)
Charlotte Harris “Diary of a Vet” blog – really well written and interesting blog about vet school and beyond. Lots of useful articles about potential interview topics and application advice too.
Royal Army Veterinary Corps – suggested to me as a source of funding, with the slight catch that you commit to 4 years in the army. But possibly a good option for others so I have included it!