Applying for veterinary school can seem a daunting prospect: veterinary medicine is a highly popular choice and, with only a handful of UK schools offering veterinary courses, competition for university entry is fierce. Having top A level grades and an interest in animals is no guarantee of securing a place; showing passion and commitment to the subject is essential if you want to make your application stand out from the crowd.
Now in its 11th edition, this guide offers detailed advice and up-to-date information on what you need to do to secure a place on a veterinary medicine course and prepare for your future career.
Featuring first-hand case studies from current students and insider advice from admissions tutors, this guide will lead you through every step of the process, offering practical guidance on:
Securing valuable work experience
Writing a winning personal statement
Impressing at interview
Career paths open to you at the end of your course.
Founded in 1973, MPW, a group of independent sixth-form colleges, has one of the highest number of university placements each year of any independent school in the UK and has developed considerable expertise in the field of applications strategy.
James Barton is the Director of Studies and Extra-mural Development and a careers adviser at Mander Portman Woodward's London college. James has sat on interview and audition panels and has given careers advice, talks and public seminars across a range of fields.
About the author Acknowledgements Introduction Chapter 1 The bare necessities: 'Do I have a cat in hell's change?!' Chapter 2 Horses for courses: Studying veterinary medicine Chapter 3 Separating the sheep from the goats: Preparation and experince Chapter 4 The 'Jack Russell' Group: Choosing your course Chapter 5 Take the bull by the horns in the cattle market: Applying to veterinary school Chapter 6 No one likes a copycat: The personal statement Chapter 7 So why did the chicken cross the road? The interview Chapter 8 A leopard does not change its spots: Non-standard applicants Chapter 9 A bird in the hand: Results day Chapter 10 Counting sheep: Financing your course Chapter 11 Snakes and ladders: Career paths Chapter 12 Don't count your chickens before they've hatched: Further information Glossary