Do you need to have done the D of E award to get into vet uni?

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Thanks

Posted Sun 30th December, 2012 @ 15:46 by Joanne

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The main things you need for getting into vet med is the grades and the work experience. Dofe and similar things are a bonus. if you have the oppourtunity to do dofe then take it as its great fun.

have a look at this link - it explains everthing about applying for vet med. http://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/wiki/Veterinary_Medicine

any other questions just ask!! I know whats its like applying for veterinary as I applied this year.

Answered Sun 30th December, 2012 @ 17:41 by Sophie
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No, but it will give you a better chance! Some schools don't even do D of E! I did Bronze just for fun - we got lost in a field of electric fences and sheep!

Answered Sun 30th December, 2012 @ 17:26 by Hannah
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Thats ok. any other questions just ask - im happy to help!

Answered Wed 2nd January, 2013 @ 20:34 by Sophie
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No!

Answered Sun 30th December, 2012 @ 16:06 by Edward Pinches
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Thanks for your help! I couldn't do it in high school and don't have the time now so I was worried that it would affect my chances.

That website was really good by the way Sophie thanks! How's your application going by the way?

Answered Sun 30th December, 2012 @ 22:28 by Joanne
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I had an interview at Bristol but have to wait til March to find out whether i have an offer or rejection. The others I haven't heard from yet so fingers crossed for interviews!!

How are you getting on with work experience? have you managed to get any lambing? 

Answered Mon 31st December, 2012 @ 09:25 by Sophie
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That's good :) and yeah thanks, I'm hopefully going to two different farms in Jan/Feb for lambing! I've got quite a few rejections from vets near me though :/ I'm going to have a day of phoning around all the places that I haven't heard from yet though to get some answers!

Good luck with interviews! What did you get in your AS levels by the way?

Answered Mon 31st December, 2012 @ 15:13 by Joanne
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Thats great! I got loads of rejections before I managed to get work experience. I really enjoyed Lambing so make sure you get stuck in!! With regards to *** I got 4 As in biology, chemistry, maths and german and i dropped german after AS.

What *** are you doing and how are they going?

Answered Mon 31st December, 2012 @ 15:39 by Sophie
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That's really good - 4 A's! How did you do it?

And I'm doing biology, chemistry, maths and physics but I don't understand physics at all! The mechanics bit is very confusing :/

Answered Mon 31st December, 2012 @ 18:48 by Joanne
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Tbh i dont  really know. Lots  of hard work i guess. Wasn't expecting an A in german and thought i failed maths after a horrid exam. Good luck with your jan exams! i hated physics!!

Answered Tue 1st January, 2013 @ 14:50 by Sophie
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Yeah I'm really not getting physics. I'm definitely going to drop it!

What other things do you do outside of college by the way (the extra-cirricular stuff for your application)?

Answered Tue 1st January, 2013 @ 15:53 by Joanne
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Im doing Gold DofE and I do Karate. I do quite a bit of volunteering. Its not animal related but it doesn't matter because I think that being able to work/communicate with lots of different people looks really good because it is such an important part of being a vet. 

What kind of things do you do outside of school? There is always ways to link what you have learnt from these to being a vet when you apply.

Answered Tue 1st January, 2013 @ 18:04 by Sophie
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What volunteering do you do then?

(And from the sounds of it, you're secure in getting a place for vetmed!)

Answered Tue 1st January, 2013 @ 22:23 by Joanne
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Haha if only it was that easy. Even if you have the perfect application, you still have to have an interview which you might not be as good as. Even then there might be 200 other people who have done even better than you. Bristol had 1380 applicants this year so i was lucky to get an interview.

I help out at the after school club at my old primary school and I help out with the local Round Table alot because my Dad is part of it so I tag along.

Answered Wed 2nd January, 2013 @ 10:23 by Sophie
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That's good :) by the way, what do you think someone should do if they didn't get into vet uni? What other courses/subjects would you do?

Answered Wed 2nd January, 2013 @ 13:23 by Joanne
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If I don't get in this year, I am going to take a gap year and reapply the next year. When you apply you can put down 5 choices but a maximum of 4 veterinary unis so the 5th choice can be anything. I didnt put down a 5th choice this year but will next year. Im not sure what exactly but probably chemistry. You could do maths, biology, other animal realted courses like bioveterinary - anything really.

Do you know which unis you are most interested in?

Answered Wed 2nd January, 2013 @ 14:24 by Sophie
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Nottingham, Liverpool and Bristol but then I don't know where I would apply for the fourth one! Scotland is too far and there's no way I'd get in to Cambridge, but London's expensive :/ And I have no idea what else I would do if I didn't get in.

Which uni do you want to go for and what were your four unis you applied for?

Answered Wed 2nd January, 2013 @ 15:21 by Joanne
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I applied to those 3 and also edinburgh. Not that fussed about which one I go to as Id be happy to get in and they are all great vet schools.

Answered Wed 2nd January, 2013 @ 16:10 by Sophie
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Yeah, I need to go to the open days though - does it matter if you can't get there or not?

Answered Wed 2nd January, 2013 @ 18:11 by Joanne
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Definatly go to the open days if you can as it gives you a really good feel for the vet school and the city. its great to talk to students there as well. it doesn't matter if you can't go but it would help if 'why do you want to study here?' came up at interview.

Answered Wed 2nd January, 2013 @ 18:27 by Sophie
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Yeah okay thanks, you have to book a place don't you?

Answered Wed 2nd January, 2013 @ 18:33 by Joanne
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Okay thanks for the advice :)

Answered Wed 2nd January, 2013 @ 20:17 by Joanne
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yeh. i dont think you can book yet but keep checking the uni websites to see when you can go because places go really quickly and you don't want to miss out. I went to all the vet school open days except glasgow.

Answered Wed 2nd January, 2013 @ 18:40 by Sophie