If you’ve got a passion for working with animals and enjoy learning about science, a veterinary career might be for you. To become a vet, you will need to graduate from university with a veterinary science or medicine degree.
The first step on your journey to becoming a vet will be achieving good grades in relevant subjects at sixth form or college, with the aim of being accepted into vet school.
To be accepted into vet school, candidates are usually required to have achieved high scores in 3 A levels or 5 Highers. The most common combinations are Chemistry, Biology and another subject such as Physics, Maths or Economics.
Most successful veterinary surgeon candidates will have undertaken some relevant work experience. Having experience in customer facing roles in shops, bars, and restaurants is a useful transferable skill that will help prepare you for dealing with clients.
Vet school courses last 5 years (6 for Cambridge) and are quite demanding of student’s time compared to other courses.
The application process varies depending on which university you’re applying to. Different institutions will ask for different academic qualifications and work experience.
The Vet School’s Council has put together a helpful guide that takes you through the process of applying for vet school.
Vet schools in the UK include:
Historically those from minoritised ethnic backgrounds have been under-represented in the vet profession and there are now initiatives in place to widen participation and increase the number of ethnic minority students going through Vet School.