Top Tips For Aspiring Vets
Ten top tips!
Work experience is a very important aspect of your application to veterinary medicine, but it’s not the only one! Here’s what you should be doing right now:
Start thinking about your Personal Statement in Year 12 – right now!
Reflect on your work experience and volunteering so far – what have you observed and what has convinced you to spend the rest of your life helping and caring for animals?
Check each university website and ensure you have the required amount and variety of work experience – it’s worth checking to see if they recommend anything in particular eg in an abattoir (animal welfare)
Make sure you have looked up common diseases such as mastitis, avian flu, swine flu, blue tongue, BSE, anthrax, E.coli and acts such as the Dangerous Dogs Act. This website will tell you everything you did (and didn’t!) want to know about animal diseases, alphabetically and by species
Investigate diseases, treatments, procedures which interest you and make sure you can talk confidently about one article you have read or procedure you have observed
Watch online lectures to get a feel for your subject area - YouTube
Practice some additional maths so you can demonstrate your numeracy with confidence in the interview: NRICH
Think about your leadership and communication skills and what you’ve done to enhance them – it’s not just about working with animals!
Make sure you understand that veterinary medicine can be stressful so you’ll need healthy ways to de-stress and relax