Does anyone know anything about the BMAT test?

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I'm thinking of applying to London veterinary uni and I know you have to take it so I was wondering if anyone had any information on what it is or when you take it etc? Thanks.

Posted Fri 4th January, 2013 @ 22:26 by Joanne

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Ha Lol!!! I dont think my friends would be impressed if I told them that!

Answered Sun 6th January, 2013 @ 18:59 by Sophie
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This is the BMAT website: http://www.admissionstests.cambridgeassessment.org.uk/adt/bmat

It has info on it and past papers and the dates but they are last years dates. I dont know much about it as i didnt have to take it but hopefully the website will help.

Answered Sat 5th January, 2013 @ 09:44 by Sophie
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Thanks :) By the way, how many weeks of work experience do you have at vet practices?

Answered Sat 5th January, 2013 @ 10:11 by Joanne
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3 weeks at small animal and 3 at equine/large animals.

Answered Sat 5th January, 2013 @ 10:23 by Sophie
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I haven't been to any large animal/equine ones because there aren't any near - and I sent letters everywhere in October and all the places are full up now so I can't get anymore :/

Answered Sat 5th January, 2013 @ 10:27 by Joanne
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Thats a bit of a pain. I was lucky with equine because my uncle is a vet so I stayed with him and the other one I got through school. How many weeks have you got at a vets so far?

Answered Sat 5th January, 2013 @ 10:35 by Sophie
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I've only done one so far, but I have four lined up this year. 

Answered Sat 5th January, 2013 @ 10:38 by Joanne
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That should be plenty. Liverpool want a min of 4 weeks at vets and then 6 at farms,kennels,stables ect so if you aim for that then you will have plenty for everywhere else as Liverpool require the most work experience. Long term placements are good as well because they can count for more than 1 week. For example I spent a year helping out at a stables every Saturday and that counted as 6 weeks, so you could always do that at a stables or kennels.

Answered Sat 5th January, 2013 @ 10:45 by Sophie
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I go to this cat rescue place every week, but I'm worried I won't have enough equine experience - I've only done one week at a stables and all the stables that are near me, are actually quite far away so it's hard for travel reasons.

When do interviews start and end for placements?

Answered Sat 5th January, 2013 @ 10:51 by Joanne
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I wouldn't worry to much! At least you have done some equine experience. Interviews started at the end of november and finish in march but all unis are different. a lot of the unis send out work experience forms so if you try and do as much as you can before september/october because thats when you apply.

Answered Sat 5th January, 2013 @ 10:58 by Sophie
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I have one week at the end of October and a week at the Blue Cross in April - could you say that you have some more lined up on the form then discuss it at the interview (if you get one)?

Answered Sat 5th January, 2013 @ 11:01 by Joanne
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Yeh thats what i did. Sometimes there is space on the form asking for up and coming placements and asking why you haven't completed them yet.

Answered Sat 5th January, 2013 @ 11:07 by Sophie
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Oh okay good :) It's really hard getting work experience! I phoned the vets that we go to the other day, and they wouldn't give me any, even though I've written a letter every year for the past four years! Some places just don't want to help.

Answered Sat 5th January, 2013 @ 11:08 by Joanne
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It is really hard - you just have to keep trying. Some practices only take vet students as well and one large animal practice I emailed said it was ridiclous that the unis ask for that type of experience as the placements are for the vet students and are in short supply due the decline in large animal practices.

Answered Sat 5th January, 2013 @ 11:17 by Sophie
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Well that seems fair, and it is ridiculous for unis to ask for all this work experience! I bet some practices are sick of having teenagers all the time so they save it for actual vet students.

Answered Sat 5th January, 2013 @ 13:59 by Joanne
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I guess its a good idea to see a few vet practices to see how they run, but i think doing the work experience where you can be more hands on is more important, however it is also really hard to find farm work experience unless you know farmers!

Answered Sat 5th January, 2013 @ 14:43 by Sophie
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Definitely! If it wasn't for my dad, I wouldn't have done any farm experience! Plus, farmers know each other so once you know one, then it's likely you'll get to go to others.

Answered Sat 5th January, 2013 @ 15:51 by Joanne
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What types of farm have you done work experience on?

Answered Sun 6th January, 2013 @ 10:48 by Sophie
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I've only done some calving so far and I'm going to do lambing soon so that's livestock farm isn't it? What farms have you done and what should I do?

Answered Sun 6th January, 2013 @ 13:28 by Joanne
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I did lambing and the farmer had pigs and beef cattle that I fed. I did two weeks at two different dairys which I would recommend as I really enjoyed it! What was the calving like? Only 1 cow calved when I was doing work experience but I was able to help.

Answered Sun 6th January, 2013 @ 13:56 by Sophie
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Yeah it was really good! My first day at a farm ever and two cows calved! It's so hard to grip them though because they're really slippery. I don't know any dairy farms though - what did you do at them?

Answered Sun 6th January, 2013 @ 13:59 by Joanne
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At the first one, because I stayed on the farm, I helped with the milking in the morning and the afternoon, bottle fed the lambs and other general odd jobs. At the second one, I helped feeding the calves, helped herd the cows in from the field, helped with the afternoon milking and also helped out in the shop when they ran out of other jobs for me! It was good fun but long days and very tiring! You were so lucky with the calves! It took 2 grown men and me to calve this one cow! Lambing is a lot easier!

Answered Sun 6th January, 2013 @ 14:06 by Sophie
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Aha - I thought calving was all right, but it must have just been lucky that they weren't difficult calvings. I can't wait to do lambing!

Answered Sun 6th January, 2013 @ 14:10 by Joanne
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The lambs are soo cute. I even had one who we rescued named after me. I think I prefer cows though! Do you have any idea what type of vet you want to be?

Answered Sun 6th January, 2013 @ 14:23 by Sophie
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Well I'm not sure at the moment because you never know what might happen! You might always want to work with farm animals then turn out to love reptiles! What about you?

Answered Sun 6th January, 2013 @ 15:27 by Joanne
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Maybe large animals but again Im not sure. Vets students who iv spoken to have said that people go in wanting to to one and come out never wanting to work with that particular animal again or change their minds 2 or 3 times.

I think exotics would be awesome and i would love to work on the safaris in Africa. Did you see the safari vet school or the rolf harris vet programme?

Answered Sun 6th January, 2013 @ 16:01 by Sophie
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I saw both! I would love to do what they did on Safari Vet School! It looked sooo good! And yeah the Rolf Harris programme was really informative, but I don't think I could be an equine vet - I haven't got the muscles aha!

Answered Sun 6th January, 2013 @ 16:07 by Joanne
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At first I wasn't sure about being an equine vet because when I did work experience with my uncle, he deals with a lot of racehorses, which were very flighty and reared up a lot, which freaked me out a little as I had had no previous experience with horses. Now that I have spent a lot of time at the stables, I am way more confident around horses and would quite like to do equine.

I liked both the vet programmes. The Rolf Harris one was good as it showed that being a vet isn't a glamerous as everyone thinks it is. Thats the problem with lots of vet programmes!

Answered Sun 6th January, 2013 @ 16:17 by Sophie
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Oh I know veterinary work isn't glamorous; it's hard work and if you have to get up at 2 in the morning to see to a calving - there's no time to look in the mirror!

Answered Sun 6th January, 2013 @ 16:58 by Joanne
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To be honest, I generally don't care much about my appearance!! My friends think I am mad for wanting to be a vet and wonder why I want to stick my hand up cows backsides!!

Answered Sun 6th January, 2013 @ 17:08 by Sophie
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Aha yeah! At least it's nice and warm in there I suppose on a cold winter's day!

Answered Sun 6th January, 2013 @ 18:35 by Joanne
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By the way, how did your interview go and what did they ask you/what did you have to do?

Answered Sun 6th January, 2013 @ 19:03 by Joanne
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Im not suppose to say what comes up at interview incase it gives an advantage to other people but I felt like it went quite well. Obviously there was bits i could have improved on but the face to face wasn't that bad. You just have to relax and be yourself! i have to wait to march though which is the worst bit. hopefully other interviews will come through soon!!

Answered Sun 6th January, 2013 @ 19:08 by Sophie
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Yeah - do you need to research current topics though or know anything about the job/course beforehand?

Answered Sun 6th January, 2013 @ 19:11 by Joanne
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Yup - Bovine TB and the badger cull is topical at the mo. You have to know your personal statement inside out and don't make stuff up on it as they will catch you out!

Answered Sun 6th January, 2013 @ 19:16 by Sophie
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Oh did they catch you out then or something? Okay so you have to know about some diseases - like what it is, how it spreads etc?

Answered Sun 6th January, 2013 @ 19:20 by Joanne
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No they didn't catch me out but iv heard of cases when they have! I would know what it is, and with the badger cull have some opinions for and against it as they could ask what you think. you don't have to know everything on it but just a bit of background. It doesn't look to good if its been in the news recently and you know nothing on it but on the otherhand they don't expect you to know everything so its ok to say 'I don't know' or 'Im not sure'.

Answered Sun 6th January, 2013 @ 19:25 by Sophie
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Oh good :) So just TB and badgers or will they ask anything about anything else?

Answered Sun 6th January, 2013 @ 19:31 by Joanne
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They could ask you anything! Just look up at recent vet stuff! Ask on farm work experience what kind of diseases they have to vaccinate against and then you can always do background research.

Answered Sun 6th January, 2013 @ 19:37 by Sophie
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Okay thanks for all the help again!

Answered Sun 6th January, 2013 @ 19:38 by Joanne