So You Want To Be A Vet? 

We are often asked how you become a vet so we have included some information here along with some useful links which will help you find relevant and more up to date information for those serious about making this career choice.

The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) is the governing body of the profession in the United Kingdom. Their website will give up to date information and advice.

To train to be a veterinary surgeon you will need to go to university and take a veterinary degree. The universities in the UK offering veterinary degrees are Bristol, Cambridge, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Liverpool, London (the Royal Veterinary College) and Nottingham.

Entrance requirements can vary between the different veterinary schools so contact the universities directly for their individual prospectus.
These can be obtained free of charge from the universities or can be viewed on their website.

The degree courses are five years in length (six years at some schools ).

A levels required must usually include Biology and, although this can vary, either one or two subjects from Chemistry, Physics or Mathematics. The minimum grades generally expected are two A’s and a B, though some are asking for 3 A’s. Please check the RCVS website for full details and details of ‘alternative routes’.

Work Experience

Veterinary surgery is one of the most popular career choices for young people. Competition for entry to universities is huge so you need to demonstrate evidence of your interest and commitment.

You will need to gain experience of working in a veterinary practice and working with and handling animals including livestock.

The best way to gain experience is to volunteer. Try writing to vet surgeries, farms, animal rescue centres, kennels and pet shops. Anywhere there are animals you should try to get experience. There is no harm making notes after your work to show your interest and observation skills. They may help with your application by showing your determination.

And remember, although being a vet is hard work with long hours and often very stressful, it is also very rewarding. Gaining work experience will give you an idea of whether it is the right choice for you.

Good Luck

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