Does anyone know if you need a driving license to get into vet uni?

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I know you need a license to become a vet, but I was wondering if you need one to actually get in to a vet course?

Posted Sun 11th November, 2012 @ 13:49 by Joanne

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Iv applied to veterinary and none of the unis have asked me whether i have a driving license or if i am learning to drive so i guess its not needed. but it would be useful to learn sooner rather than later.

Answered Sun 11th November, 2012 @ 14:20 by Sophie
Edited by Sophie on Sun 11th November, 2012 @ 14:23
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Im learning at the moment as although I won't have a car at uni, I won't have to waste time learning to drive. Im not sure if I would leave it till after uni because some vets (especially equine and farm) won't want to employ you if you can't drive. Its up to you but I would learn now.

I have an interview at Bristol on the 28th Nov - so nervous yet so excited!

Answered Sun 11th November, 2012 @ 17:14 by Sophie
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Okay thanks, it's just I would have to move away (if I got in) so there wouldn't be any point of having a car so I wouldn't be driving for a year. I was thinking of maybe leaving it till after uni? What have you done? (And have you heard from any of the unis yet?)

Answered Sun 11th November, 2012 @ 16:50 by Joanne
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Brilliant! An interview means that you're really close to getting in :) I really like Bristol, have you had any other interviews?

Answered Sun 11th November, 2012 @ 18:12 by Joanne
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No - Bristol is my first interview. The rest normally interview after Christmas as they send out questionaires about work experience and about what other things you do outside vet related stuff.

Where are you thinking of applying to?

Answered Sun 11th November, 2012 @ 18:52 by Sophie
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Bristol, Liverpool and Nottingham. You can only apply for 3 right? And don't you have to have a fourth application to a different course??

Answered Sun 11th November, 2012 @ 20:01 by Joanne
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You can only apply to 4 and then the 5th option has to be a different course. i applied to Bristol, Nottingham, Liverpool and Edinburgh. I didn't put down a 5th choice because if i don't get in this year i will reapply.

Answered Sun 11th November, 2012 @ 21:02 by Sophie
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Yeah that's what I plan to do, but if I didn't get in the second time then I don't know what I'll do! Do you have a back-up plan?

Answered Sun 11th November, 2012 @ 21:36 by Joanne
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Not really - probably chemistry or something chemistry related.

Have you managed to find more work experience?

Answered Sun 11th November, 2012 @ 21:42 by Sophie
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Yeah thanks for asking :) I've got a few weeks at different veterinary surgeries, some at a wildlife place and the Blue Cross too! And I definitely have to go lambing this spring!

Answered Mon 12th November, 2012 @ 16:05 by Joanne
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Lambing is great. I was really worried at first as I didn't want to accidently kill any of the lambs but you just have to go for it!!! Deffo wear old clothes as you get covered in all sorts of 'gunk'!

Glad to hear you got more placements. What type of vets are they - large or small animal?

Answered Mon 12th November, 2012 @ 17:31 by Sophie
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I think they're all small animal :( but the large animal ones are all too far away and I'm having to travel quite a bit to get to these small animal ones! I've just got to do more at the farm this spring!

How much work experience do you have then altogether now?

Answered Mon 12th November, 2012 @ 20:18 by Joanne
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  • 2  small animal vets
  • 3 equine vets
  • 1 mixed vets
  • 2 dairy farms
  • 1 lambing
  • 2 days abattoir
  • guide dogs for the blind
  • alpaca farm
  • stables
  • 1 zoo (not until Feb 2013 though)

Liverpool want 10 weeks so thats what I have aimed for as well as a variety which the unis like (no point doing 10 weeks at the same vets for example)

Answered Mon 12th November, 2012 @ 20:27 by Sophie
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Aw Alpaca farm!

How did you get the abattoir and where did you go? Were the two days at the same one or different? (I really need to go to an abattoir but they don't like taking students.)

Answered Mon 12th November, 2012 @ 20:32 by Joanne
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One of the girls in the year above had been there before so gave me the details and I just rang up. You can understand why they don't like students. It wasn't as bad as I thought - the first day was pigs and the second was lambs and cattle.

Where abouts do you live? 

Answered Mon 12th November, 2012 @ 20:38 by Sophie
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Like a small town that's quite a way from Birmingham, why?

Answered Mon 12th November, 2012 @ 20:42 by Joanne
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I was just wondering if you lived anywhere near me and if so I might be able to recommend places. I'm quite near Birmingham - I live near Warwick.

Answered Mon 12th November, 2012 @ 20:45 by Sophie
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My work experience coordinator at college gave me these two places: W & G Yates Yieldfields Ltd and F.A Gill Limited.

Answered Mon 12th November, 2012 @ 20:55 by Joanne
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Did you go to either of those?

Answered Tue 13th November, 2012 @ 18:03 by Joanne
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No I didnt

Answered Tue 13th November, 2012 @ 18:15 by Sophie
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Which one did you go to?

Answered Tue 13th November, 2012 @ 18:17 by Joanne
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CH Rowley nr Coventry

Answered Tue 13th November, 2012 @ 21:02 by Sophie
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That one looks really good on welfare - what did you do and what did you think of the place?

Answered Tue 13th November, 2012 @ 21:21 by Joanne
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I just observed the slaughter process and how the carcass is dealt with. Spent time with the meat inspector and the vet. They were really nice there and made sure I was ok because they knew that I was really nervous!

Answered Tue 13th November, 2012 @ 21:35 by Sophie
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Aw sounds good! I want to go to one that's really friendly and cares about the animals, the problem is that my mum doesn't want me to go :/ I've explained that I need to but she doesn't  like it.

Answered Tue 13th November, 2012 @ 21:37 by Joanne
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Its not a bad as she thinks - my mum was the opposite. It is really important - i think because it shows you that being a vet isn't just all fun and games!

Answered Tue 13th November, 2012 @ 21:58 by Sophie
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Yeah, I really need to go. Are there any other animal-related places that I need? I know there is: vets, stables, kennels, farm, abattoir...

Answered Wed 14th November, 2012 @ 17:52 by Joanne
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Try to get dairy farms - it is quite difficult but I really enjoyed it and the unis apparently like it. Zoos and Labs are a bonus if you can but best to get farms, stables, kennels, vets ect first. 

Answered Wed 14th November, 2012 @ 19:28 by Sophie
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What do you get to do at a dairy farm? 

And I won't be able to get a lab/zoo no way!

Answered Wed 14th November, 2012 @ 21:02 by Joanne
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I have a question, do you need to get references from work experience placements?

Answered Thu 15th November, 2012 @ 16:49 by Joanne
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I got one on the Isle of Wight because my grandparents live there and I stayed with them. The other one was through various people and I stayed on the farm. Try looking for B&Bs on working farms or cafes/farms shops attatched to working farms as they often have emails/phone numbers so it is easier to contact them. Even if they aren't near you, I am sure they would be happy to have you to stay if you asked.

About references, I got them off as many placements as I could in case unis want to have a look at them.

Answered Thu 15th November, 2012 @ 17:18 by Sophie
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Do they ask for them then because I haven't asked for any references from the work experience that I've done so far... 

Answered Thu 15th November, 2012 @ 20:42 by Joanne