Veterinary Surgery is one of the most popular career choices for young people. To train to become a Veterinary Surgeon you will need to go to university and take a veterinary degree. There are currently nine UK/Irish universities offering the course: Bristol, Cambridge, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Liverpool, London (The Royal Veterinary College), Nottingham, Surrey, and University College Dublin. You will need good grades in a variety of subjects at GCSE, and top predicted grades in sciences at A-level; some colleges will also ask you to sit a supplementary test, the BMAT (Biomedical Admissions Test).
You will also need to distinguish yourself from the thousands of other applicants with a good range of extra-curricular activities and varied work experience before you apply, as demand for places is high and extremely competitive. If you have a good (2:1 or better) degree in a relevant subject, you can also apply for the course as a graduate. The Veterinary degree lasts five years (six at Cambridge as they include a further bachelor’s degree as an intercalated year).
We support veterinary students looking for EMS placements:
Here at Charter Veterinary Hospital we want to provide good quality,structured small animal EMS for vet students who are seriously considering a career in small animal practice. We think that it is important for the small animal vets of the future to be exposed to the right kind of EMS that has some structure and goals that are relevant to the modern small animal practice. We aim to provide EMS which allows students the opportunity to gain real-life work experiences that enhance university based studies. Wherever possible, we will offer you a mentor vet or nurse whilst you are with us and our friendly support team will help you to maximise your learning opportunities from our varied daily caseload.