So You Want To Be A Vet?
If you want a career as a veterinary surgeon you will need to enjoy working with animals, have an enquiring mind and possess excellent communication skills.
After university most new vets work with domestic animals (e.g. pets, farm animals, horses). Some vets can then go on to work as specialists within a medical field (e.g. soft-tissue surgery, ophthalmology, cattle reproduction, zoological medicine).
Vets can also work in medical research, laboratories or for the government.
What do universities look for?
• GCSEs - Excellent grades, including English, Maths and Science.
• A Level - Excellent grades in at least 3 of Biology, Chemistry, Maths or Physics
- Slight variations to this are possible, but details vary between each university. Other routes for admission are also possible – enquiries should be made to the admissions department at the relevant university.
• Extra-curricular activities - experience working at a veterinary surgery and other experience working with animals (e.g. on farms, in kennels/cattery, at a riding stable).
So you want to be a qualified veterinary nurse…
There are various routes to enroll as a student veterinary nurse, the British Veterinary Nursing Association will have information on current requirements and options.
Training usually takes a minimum of two years and leads to a National Vocational Qualification or alternatively a BSc Honours Degree in Veterinary Nursing.
Most qualified veterinary nurses work in veterinary practice, alongside veterinary surgeons, providing a high standard of care for animals.
They are skilled in undertaking a range of diagnostic tests, medical treatments and minor surgical procedures.
Employment could also be undertaken with laboratories, pharmaceutical companies, universities, charities and boarding kennels.
For more information go to www.rcvs.org.uk, www.bvna.org.uk or www.walksoflife.org.uk