Veterinary Gateway - Veterinary Gateway - Undergraduate - Study (2023)

This Veterinary Gateway course is aimed at students who want to study veterinary medicine but who might not otherwise meet our entry requirements. The programme integrates an additional preparatory year designed to equip you with the knowledge and skills you need to study veterinary medicine.

This course is open to UK students only, who come from a 'widening participation' background.

The programme focuses on developing your analytical, problem solving and practical skills in the biological sciences; improving your study, team working and communication skills; and introducing you to the handling and husbandry (control and management) of animals, most of them farm animals. If you successfully complete the year, you will automatically progress onto our Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine degree programme. You will also be eligible to apply to continue at other UK vet schools for their D100 programmes. The following universities currently guarantee interview to thoseon the RVC'sGateway year: Bristol,Edinburgh, Glasgow and Liverpool.

The course is primarily delivered at our Camden Campus, with some practical elements of the course undertaken at our Hawkshead Campus.

Gabriella Bell,Veterinary Gateway and Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine

Veterinary Gateway - Veterinary Gateway - Undergraduate - Study (1)

Taking the gateway route was one of the best decisions I have ever made, it really prepared me for the progression onto the BVetMed course.I love that the RVC is one big community. Although being from an ethnic minority, I have never once felt like I did not belong at the RVC or on the BVetMed course. No matter who you are or where you are from, there is a club or society that you will fit into.

Accreditation

We were the first veterinary school in the world to achieve full accreditation by the European Association of Establishments for Veterinary Education (EAEVE) and the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), and full recognition by the UK’s Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS), as well as a reciprocal arrangement between the RCVS and the Australasian Veterinary Boards Council Inc (AVBC). Currently we hold full recognition or accreditation from RCVS, AVBC and AVMA and conditional from EAEVE.

What does this mean for you? It means that when you graduate in veterinary medicine at the RVC, you will be qualified to practise in Europe, North America and many Asian and African countries, as well as Australia and New Zealand – a real advantage for those looking to develop an international career.

The Veterinary Gateway course is a one-year programme with the aim of preparing you for the five-year Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine undergraduate degree on completion.

For an outline of what you will study on the five-year course, please see our BVetMed course page.

Gateway Year

  • Biology of the cell
  • Inheritance, genes and evolution
  • Development
  • The moving animal
  • Integrated physiology
  • Animal handling and husbandry
  • Problem, definition and investigation
  • Library research project

Animal Husbandry Extra-Mural Studies (AHEMS)

AHEMS is undertaken during the pre-clinical years of the programme. AHEMS is designed to develop your knowledge, critical thinking, understanding and practical skills.

A minimum of six weeks AHEMS is to be completed by the end of BVetMed Year 1 (which includes the summer vacation period), including a minimum of two weeks lambing experience to be undertaken at the Easter vacation block in your Gateway Year.

(Video) Veterinary Gateway at the RVC

The remaining weeks are to be completed by the end of the summer vacation in BVetMed Year 2. In total, you must complete:

  • Two weeks on a lambing enterprise
  • Two weeks on a dairy cattle farm
  • Two weeks at a commercial pig operation
  • Two weeks of equine experience
  • Four weeks of your choice

AHEMS placements involve spending a number of weeks based at employers where you can focus on developing work place skills and industry expertise that will sit alongside the knowledge you gain throughout your course.

You will need to fulfilour WP pre-conditions, WP criteria and academic requirementsto be considered for interview:

In addition to your UCAS application (deadline25 January 2023), you will also need to submit yourSupplementary Gateway Form(deadline 1 February 2023) directly to admissions@rvc.ac.ukin order to be considered for interview. Please download the form here.Interviewsare normallyheld betweenJanuary and March (sometimes including December) depending on the year.

Widening Participation pre-conditions (to be met by all)

The Veterinary Gateway programmeis available toHome studentsonlythat satisfy all of the following specific non-academic requirements:

  • You are a UK/Irish national resident in the UK or have settled status (including permanent residence or indefinite leave to remain) in the UK.*
  • You areEITHERcurrently predictedto achieve no more than two grades below the standard Gateway entry offer for that qualification (NB: all successful applicants will receive the standard offer for the course, irrespective of their predicted grades) ORyou have gained a qualification that meets the standard offer for the Gateway course in the 12 months prior to yourapplication.
  • You have studied onlyone period of Level 3,unless youare resitting that same qualification the following year.
  • You have never attended university or a higher education institution.

*non-UK nationals unsure of their status shouldcontact Admissions - terms may change depending on Brexit developments.

Widening Participation criteria (route-dependent)

To be eligible for the course, you must meet all of our Route A or Route B requirements. You must indicate how you meet these on the Supplementary Gateway Form.

ROUTE A:

  • You have completed all education since the age of 11 at a UK state school that does not select based on academic performance or charge tuition fees to any of its students, and is not classified by the UK government as an independent school.

You will also need to score a minimum of 15 pointsby fulfillingone or more of the following criteria:

  • POLAR4 Score: If you live in an area with a POLAR4 score of 1, 25 points are awarded. If you live in an area with a POLAR4 score of 2, 10 points are awarded. You can check this via theOffice for Students website.
  • IMD Quintile score **: If you live in an area with an Index of Multiple Deprivation (IMD) quintile score of 1, 25 points are awarded. If you live in an area with an IMD quintile score of 2, 10 points are awarded. You can check this using one of the following links, depending on which country you live in:
    England: http://imd-by-postcode.opendatacommunities.org/imd/2019 (an IMD “Decile” score of 1 or 2 given here is equivalent to “quintile 1” above, and Decile 3 or 4 is equivalent to “quintile 2”).
    Wales: https://statswales.gov.wales/Catalogue/Community-Safety-and-Social-Inclusion/Welsh-Index-of-Multiple-Deprivation
    Scotland: https://simd.scot/
    Northern Ireland: https://deprivation.nisra.gov.uk/(a Deprivation Rank in the top 20% most deprived is equivalent to “quintile 1” above, and top 40% is equivalent to “quintile 2”).
  • Care Leaver:30 points are awarded to any applicant who has been looked after for at least 13 weeks since the age of 14 (requires letter from relevant authority).
  • Level 2 School: If the school at which you took your GCSEs is a school with an RVC contextual flag, 10 points will be awarded. You can check this here.
  • Level 3 School: If the school at which you are taking your Level 3 qualifications (A Levels or equivalent) is a school with an RVC contextual flag, 10 points will be awarded. You can check this here.
  • Low Household Income: If you have a low household incomeand you/your parent(s) arein receipt of an eligiblemeans-tested benefit, you will be awarded 20 points. This could be child tax credits, free school meals, 16-19 bursary, or a government-assessed income award that demonstrates low household income.***
  • Refugee:If you are a refugee, 15 points will be awarded (requires Home Office letter)
  • Parental Education: If your biological parents and/or step-parents and/or guardians have no higher education qualifications, such as a degree, diploma or certificate of higher education (attendance as a mature student is exempt), 5 points will be awarded.This must also be indicated on yourUCAS application.

*** Please note: You should be in a position to provide proof of household income if you are going to use this criterion in support of your application. Eligible benefits can be found here.

ROUTE B:

  • You have completed all education since the age of 11 at a UK state school that does not charge tuition fees to any of its students or that is classified by the UK government as an independent school.

and

Widening Participation eligibility will be determined based on the information provided in the Supplementary Gateway Form, which applicants must submit to admissions@rvc.ac.ukby no later than 1February2023.The supplementary form is available to download here.

Where the number of applicants scoring at least 15 points or more exceeds the number of students the College is able to interview, applicants will then be selected based on their total score.

Academic qualifications

The minimum academic requirements for entry onto the Veterinary Gateway programme are outlined below. Please note that only one period of study of Level 3 qualifications will be accepted unless applicants are resitting those qualifications the following year.

A Levels

CCC in three A Level subjects including:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • One other subject of your choice*

It would also be expected that candidates pass their science practical for eachrelevantsubject, where taking the English curriculum.

For further information on our policy on reformed UK qualifications, please click here.

*The third A Level subject should not overlap with Biology or Chemistry, and cannot be General Studies.

  • We support the opportunity to take additional subjects at AS Level, but do not prescribe or prefer any particular subject choices or combinations.
  • There is no third subject which is preferred by selectors or gives any special advantage in the selection process. Science and non-science subjects are treated equally for the third subject.

See additional GCSE requirements.

Welsh and Scottish Applicants

Welsh Baccalaureate

Applicants who have achieved the Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate with grade C will be accepted with two A Levels:

  • Biology at grade C
  • Chemistry at grade C

Please also see notes under the 'A Levels' tab above.

Scottish Highers and Advanced Highers

Advanced Highers at grade C or above in:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry

in addition to 5 Highers at grade C or above including:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry

and at least National 5 grade C in:

  • English
  • Mathematics

* If you have bypassed one or more of these subjects at National 5, you will need this subject/grade at Higher level.

(Video) Abbie Ward - Veterinary Gateway Programme

Level 3 Extended Diploma

Qualifications below are consideredon top of existing GCSEs.

Level 3 Extended Diploma (reformed syllabus)

Applied Generals

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma inApplied Science / Applied Science (Biomedical Science): DDM overall with Distinctions in:

  • Principles and Applications of Science I (90)
  • Principles and Applications of Science II (120)
  • Science Investigation Skills or Contemporary Issues in Science (120)

Candidates must also achieve at least Merits in two ofthe following units:

  • Applications of Organic Chemistry; Applications of Inorganic Chemistry; Practical Chemical Analysis (120)

In addition:

  • Applied Science: at least three units fromGroup A must be taken
  • Applied Science (Biomedical Science): at least four units fromGroup A must be taken

Tech Levels

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Animal Management (1080):DDM overall with Distinctions in:

  • Animal Biology (120)
  • Practical Skills in Animal Science (60)
  • Animal Metabolism (60)
  • Animal Breeding and Genetics (120)orAnimal Welfare and Ethics (120) with Merit in the other

City & Guilds Advanced Technical Extended Diploma in Animal Management (Science): D / DDM overall with Distinctions in:

  • Biological Systems of Animals
  • Theory Exam (2)
  • Synoptic Assessment (1) or (2) with Merit in the other

Level 3 Extended Diploma (unreformed syllabus)

Pearson Animal Management (2010 syllabus) QCF

DDM overall, with Distinctions in:

  • Fundamentals of Science
  • Chemistry for Biology TechniciansorUnderstand the Principles of Chemistry for Biological and Medical Science
  • Understand the Principles of Animal Biology
  • Understand Animal Anatomy and Physiology
  • Undertake an investigative project in the land-based sector.

Pearson Applied Science (2010 syllabus) QCF

DDMoverall, with Distinctions in:

  • Genetics and Genetic Engineering
  • Physiology of Human Body Systems orPhysiology of Human Regulation and Reproductions
  • Using Statistics in Scienceor Informatics in Science
  • Two of: Biomedical Science Techniques; Chemical Laboratory Techniques; Chemistry for Biology Technicians

International Baccalaureate

444 at Higher Level in:

(Video) Rhian Jeffreys - Veterinary Gateway Programme

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • One other subject

All third choices are equally acceptable to RVC selectors. There is no third subject which is preferred or gives any special advantage in the selection process.

See additional GCSE requirements.

Where candidates have not taken GCSEs prior to the IB Diploma, they will need a minimum of grade 4 in:

  • EITHER MYP Mathematics (standard or extended) OR SL Mathematics Analysis and approaches OR SL Mathematics Applications and interpretation.
  • SL English A

Mathematical Studies cannot be accepted in lieu of Mathematics.

GCSEs (only in addition to other qualifications)

A minimum of five GCSEs at grade 4/C including the following subjects:

  • 4-4 in CombinedScience or CC in Science (Double Award) orCin bothScience & Additional Science or4/C in Biology and Chemistry.
  • English Language
  • Mathematics

For further information on our policy on reformed UK qualifications,please clickhere.

Welsh applicants

Please note, GCSE Mathematics-Numeracy will not be accepted instead of GCSE Mathematics but is welcomed alongside it, and as part of the Welsh Baccalaureate.

Work experience (optional extra)

Although we don't require applicants to have any work experience, it is desirable. If you can gain work experience, try to get it both in veterinary practice and in other animal environments in order to develop animal handling skills and obtain an insight into the work of veterinary surgeons.

We encourage you to think creatively about these environments and are interested to hear about any experiences that have helped to give you a sense of the veterinary role in the wider world. Examples of suitable other animal environments might include, but are not limited to: kennels, cattery, animal shelter, rural or city farm, stables, pet shop, lambing, intensive livestock, abattoir, animal research laboratory, wildlife park, zoo, etc. You do not have to have gained experience in all these areas.

If you wish to inform us of work experience you have completed, there is a section to do this in the Supplementary Gateway Form.

If you wish to make us aware of any mitigating circumstances related to your application please see our guidance on mitigating circumstances here:www.rvc.ac.uk/mitigatingcircumstances

All applicants to this course must attend an interview if invited and cannot receive an offer without attending an interview.All UK interviews for this course will be held in January. Our interviews are held in person. If invited, it is oftennot possible to rearrange an interview for a different date, so applicantsmust ensurethey are available for interview before applying and inform us by email of any specific days within this time period when they are unavailable

All applicants invited to interview will need to provide their passport (in some cases another valid form of ID will be acceptable), original A-level and GCSE certificates (if already completed).

Please note that if you apply to more than one of our Veterinary Medicine courses (excluding the Bachelor of Veterinary Science) and your application progresses to the interview stage, you will be invited to attend one interview only which will be used in our assessment of each of your applications.

FAQs

I started doing a Level 3 qualification but then switched colleges/qualifications. Does this count as two periods of Level 3?

Where you have only studied for one year (e.g. completed AS Levels) and then gone on to a new college or qualification, you should still be eligible under this pre-condition. However, if you have attended more than one college, both will need to be contextually-flagged for you to meet this WP criterion. Otherwise, it is at the discretion of the RVC as per our Admissions Policy.

IfI score less than 15 points. Do I still have a chance of getting an interview?

Unfortunately not, to be considered eligible for the Veterinary Gateway programme, you must score at least 15 points.

Upon successful completion of this six-year course, you will graduate with a degree in veterinary medicine.

Our graduates go on to enjoy a wide range of careers in veterinary medicine, including positions in:

  • Small animal practices
  • Mixed practices
  • Equine practices
  • Farm/livestock environments
  • Wild animal environments
  • Wildlife conservation
  • Military support
  • Industry
  • Research
  • Government
  • Academia

Global careers

You will be entitled to practise as a veterinarian as soon as you have earned your BVetMed degree and registered as a Member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS). The RVC's accreditation status with the European Association of Establishments for Veterinary Education (EAEVE) and the reciprocal arrangement between the RCVS and the Australasian Veterinary Boards Council Inc (AVBC) allows BVetMed graduates to register to practise in Europe, Australia and New Zealand without requiring any further qualifications.

In addition, the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) will recognise your degree as equivalentto those awarded by veterinary colleges in theUnited States. Some ofthe USA’s major veterinary employers recruit actively among our final year students. Please note, however, that you will be required to sit the North American VeterinaryLicensing Examination (NAVLE) if you intend to work in North America after qualifying, just as those studying at USuniversities do.

(Video) Gateway Technical College- Veterinary Technician

RVC Gateway students testimonials

Rhian Jefferies and and Abbie Ward both came to the RVC on the Gateway programme and are now studying BVet Med. Listen them talk about how they came take the Gateway path into study and how they feel it has benefitted them as they progress through their studies.

Tuition Fees

The tuition feesfor students commencing the course in 2023/24 are as follows:

UK Tuition Fees
£9,250

The UK Government has confirmed thatEU/EEA and Swiss national students who have started an eligible course in the 2020/21 academic year or earlieracademic years remain eligible to pay the “home” rate of tuition fees and claim any financial support for which they are currently eligible for the duration of that course.

EU/EEA and Swiss national students starting studies in the 2021/22 academic year or lateracademic years may no longer be eligible to pay the “home” rate of tuition fees and claim any financial support for their studies - but this depends on your personal circumstances (including immigration status and residence history in the UK) and UK government rules which are currently being developed. For further information on this emerging situation, please visitUK Council for International Affairs Brexit pages.

Tuition fee amounts are subject to increase each academic year, please be aware of this when making your calculations and planning how much money you will require.

  • Students fromcountries outside the UK who wish to undertake full-time study at the RVC are required to pay the international fee for their programme of study (please seeFee statussection).
  • Information on Fees & Funding for existing students can be foundhere

The following course-related costs are included in the fees:

  • Student membershipof theBritish Veterinary Associationfor course duration
  • Access to books and journals essential to your course (print and digital)
  • Open access and bookable IT equipment such as PCs and laptops
  • Largely paperless curriculum plus £10 p.a. printing allowance
  • Annual membership of College gym (both campuses)

The following course-related costs are not included in the fees:

  • Specialist clothing and equipment c£600 for the whole course. This amount includes some likely additional spend on replacement items.
  • Travel to AHEMS and EMS placements
  • Some AHEMS and EMS placements will also require students to pay for board and lodging
  • Travel to various intramural rotations (IMR). While majority of the core IMR take place in the College’s clinical centres, various weeks of core and tracking IMR require you to travel to various parts of London or further afield. Financial support is provided to help offset the likely travel costs entailed and for certain rotations accommodation is also provided

Accommodation and living costs are not included in the fees.OurHousing Advicepages provide further information on College and private housing.

Funding Options

Loans and Grants - 2022/23 Government Financial Support for Undergraduate UK and EU Students

Please note: SLC issuesguidance for prospective studentsand answers common questions related to the COVID-19 outbreak.Includinginformation for part-time undergraduate and postgraduate Master’s students.

Alongside the bursaries and scholarships offered by the RVC, there is financial support available from the Government to help cover the costs of living and studying. Financial support is available for students from England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and other EU countries.

Financial supportismade up of four main elements

  • Fee Loan
  • Maintenance Loan
  • Maintenance Grant - this is only availableto full-time UK undergraduate students who commenced their studies on or before 2015/16 academic year.

For further details visit;

  • Full-time undergraduate

  • Part-time undergraduate

NB:UK students considering studying on theBVetMed Graduate Acceleratedor theBVetMed as a second degreeare entitled to avariable means tested living cost loanand RVC bursary. However theyare not eligible for tuition fee loans soplease consider how you will pay the tuition fees for each year before enrolling. For more info seemoney-matters.

RVC Bursary for Home Undergraduate Students

RVC Bursaries are customary to assist students from lower income households with the cost of undergraduate study.

Further Information

(Video) How I got into vet school with low grades

FAQs

What is the easiest veterinary school to get into UK? ›

This is a very tricky question to answer, veterinary medicine is notoriously one of the most difficult degrees to get into in the UK. There is extremely tough competition for places, as such, there is no easy veterinary school that one can get into in the UK.

Is RVC hard to get into? ›

The Royal Veterinary College (RVC) received 1064 applications for 2020/21 entry and gave out 386 offers. This means that only 1 in 2.8 people who applied received an offer!

What undergraduate degree is best for veterinary medicine? ›

Since most pre-veterinary students are interested in the biological sciences and/or in working with animals, they tend to major either in sciences applied to working with animals (e.g., animal sciences, wildlife biology) or in basic sciences (e.g., biology, chemistry, biochemistry, microbiology, zoology).

What is the acceptance rate for RVC? ›

Student Population at Royal Veterinary College

The student acceptance rate of the RVC is 38%.

Is vet easier than med? ›

Many of the prerequisites for these schools are similar because biology and chemistry are needed in the veterinary and medical fields. Though aspiring med students have to take the MCAT before applying to medical school, most people agree that vet school is harder than medical school.

How can I increase my chances of getting into vet school? ›

8 tips for students researching how to get into vet school
  1. Aim for academic excellence. ...
  2. Gain as much animal and veterinary experience as you can. ...
  3. Consider participating in research. ...
  4. Work closely with a pre-vet advisor. ...
  5. Write a thoughtful essay. ...
  6. Secure glowing letters of recommendation. ...
  7. Let your personality show through.

Which veterinary school is easiest to get into? ›

List of the easiest vet schools to get into
  1. Texas A&M. Texas A&M is hands-down the easiest vet school to get into. ...
  2. Tuskegee University. Tuskegee University College of Veterinary Medicine was founded over 75 years ago. ...
  3. UC Davis. ...
  4. University of Georgia.
2 Jun 2022

What percentage of applicants get into vet school UK? ›

Approximately 2,400 people apply for 1,200 places to study veterinary science, so applicants have around a 50% chance of gaining a place in their first year of application (Veterinary Schools Council Admissions Guide, 2021).

Why is RVC the best vet school? ›

The College has world-renowned veterinary medicine and nursing degrees, which it delivers at undergraduate and postgraduate level. As well as these courses, the RVC also has a well-established biological sciences programme, which is accredited by the Royal Society of Biology.

What subject is most important for a vet? ›

To be considered for a place at vet school, you will need to have a strong science background. It's important that you enjoy and are good at subjects such as biology, chemistry and physics.

What is the average grade point for a student who is accepted into vet school? ›

The average GPA of students accepted into schools of veterinary medicine is 3.3-3.7, but schools also look for applicants to have a variety of life experiences.

Does undergrad matter for vet school? ›

You don't have to be a pre-vet major to get into vet school – you just need to get the prerequisite coursework completed and do well. We've seen vet students whose undergraduate majors were math, engineering, English, and many others. Once you're in vet school, the playing field is equal.

How hard is it to get into veterinary school UK? ›

Entry to veterinary medicine courses is highly competitive and the selection process rigorous as a result. You can expect to be interviewed by each university and some also employ additional screening tests.

What percentage of vet school applicants get an interview? ›

INTERVIEW USE: Eighty-four percent of the veterinary schools interview applicants.

What is the best vet school in the world? ›

Royal Veterinary College, University of London

What is the hardest part of vet school? ›

The hardest part of vet school does not involve the late hours on emergency rotations, nor does it involve discussing the quality of life options with owners concerned for their pet's well being. The hardest part of vet school is missing time with family and friends.

Who makes more money a doctor or a veterinarian? ›

Veterinarians earned an average salary of $108,350 in 2020. Comparable jobs earned the following average salary in 2020: Physicians made $218,850, Physician Assistants made $116,080, Nurse Practitioners made $114,510, and Veterinary Technologists and Technicians made $37,860.

What is the hardest part of being a veterinarian? ›

Sometimes pet illnesses and accidents can be very demanding both emotionally and financially. Repeatedly, veterinarians are in a situation where we feel we could cure a pet, but there just aren't the funds to treat the patient. Many people don't realize that veterinary clinics are businesses, not charities.

What type of vet gets paid the most? ›

The highest paid veterinary specialty is: Ophthalmology

You'll need to work for those specialties, though — certification requires an additional 2 to 3 years of study on top of vet school at veterinary colleges with accreditation, plus passing an intensive exam.

Why is vet school so hard? ›

Compared to most undergraduate curriculums, veterinary school is hard. Most veterinary students take 25-30 credits per semester of rigorous science-based courses. This means that veterinary students can expect to be in a classroom or laboratory 35 to 40 hours per week, and will need to study several hours more.

Is vet school or medical school harder to get into? ›

Acceptance Rates in Vet Schools vs Med Schools

Last, let's consider acceptance rates: the average acceptance rate of vet schools in the US is 11.7%, while the rate drops to 7% for med schools. The primary reason for this difference is the difference between open spots and students who apply.

What is the best vet school in UK? ›

The best veterinary medicine university in the UK is the The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies at the University of Edinburgh.

Are vets called Doctor? ›

So, yes sir or madam, veterinarians are real doctors. Veterinarians are doctors in a different field of specialty. In fact, the veterinarian curriculum is more diversified than human medicine because of the amount of different species and physiologies we have to study.

What is the shortest time to become a vet? ›

Vet assistant school has the quickest completion time. You can earn your degree in as little as 9 months. This career choice works best for people who want to start a vet career as quickly as possible and gain a lot of experience.

Is there a shortage of vets in the UK? ›

The news comes as the Public Accounts Committee report last week identified there is a critical shortage of vets in the UK linked to many factors, including Covid-19, EU Exit, increased demand for vets for Export Health Certification, and increases in pet ownership.

How much marks should I score to get veterinary? ›

Minimum marks in NEET 2022 to get admission in BVSc in a reputed veterinary college are 400+ for unreserved category.

Do vets earn well in UK? ›

Depending on the location, type, and size of the clinic and corporate vs private, a vet who has been qualified for 5 years might earn on average £40-45k per annum, whilst a vet with 10 years' experience or more could earn on average £50-60k per annum.

What is the #1 veterinary school in the world? ›

University of California - Davis

Which country is best for vets? ›

Best countries to study veterinary
  • Veterinary in USA.
  • Veterinary in Canada.
  • Veterinary in UK.

What are 3 skills you need to be a veterinarian? ›

Veterinarians should also possess the following specific qualities:
  • Compassion. Veterinarians must be compassionate when working with animals and their owners. ...
  • Decision-making skills. ...
  • Interpersonal skills. ...
  • Management skills. ...
  • Manual dexterity. ...
  • Problem-solving skills.

What 3 qualities make a successful veterinarian? ›

Top 5 work attributes of great veterinarians
  • Team mentality. ...
  • Competence (with confidence) ...
  • Quick to connect. ...
  • Flexibility. ...
  • Reliability.
6 Feb 2020

What's one of the 5 most important skills to be a veterinarian? ›

Empathy. Empathy and genuine love for animals is the first and foremost skill you require to become a successful veterinary doctor.

Do grades matter in vet school? ›

“Do grades matter?” Yes. This will vary by program and individual evaluator, but almost all will make a note of grades and/or class rank. When I evaluate interns, if they are in the bottom quarter or the top 3 of the class rank, I make a little note.

What is the average age of a vet student? ›

But the truth is that veterinary students now average about 24 years of age at time of admission, which is two to three years beyond what it was just three decades ago. And that age is decidedly on the ascent, which is why it's now common for classes to have students in their 40s and 50s.

How much do vets make? ›

A companion animal practice veterinarian will get about $110,000 per year. Then, a mixed animal vet can get about $100,000 per year on average. Food animal practice vets also earn around $100,000 per year. Equine veterinarians are the lowest-earning vets, with their annual salary being around $90,000.

Can I study veterinary without science background? ›

If you're aspiring to become a veterinarian, it is important to have a bachelor's degree to qualify for admission into a veterinary college. You must have a Science background covering major subjects like Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

Is a 3.5 good for vet school? ›

Aside from the required courses and exams, such as the GRE for most schools, there are some parts of your application that aren't required but are generally considered to make up a strong application, including: A competitive GPA (3.5 or over) Veterinary hours. Animal experience hours.

Can you skip college and go to vet school? ›

Is a Bachelor's degree required for acceptance into veterinary school? No, a student can be admitted into veterinary school without an undergraduate degree as long as they have completed the prerequisite courses, which generally takes three years.

What is the easiest vet school to get into UK? ›

This is a very tricky question to answer, veterinary medicine is notoriously one of the most difficult degrees to get into in the UK. There is extremely tough competition for places, as such, there is no easy veterinary school that one can get into in the UK.

What is a vets salary UK? ›

The average vet salary in the United Kingdom is £45,000 per year or £23.08 per hour. Entry level positions start at £33,134 per year while most experienced workers make up to £60,221 per year.

Is studying veterinary hard? ›

Veterinary medicine is extremely hard work. This is true not only in the sense of the academics required to attain admission to school or the brains required to keep you there, but also in the physical demands of the job.

What vet school has the lowest acceptance rate? ›

The University of California Davis veterinary college is probably the hardest vet school to get into in the US. The program is ranked #1 in the country and has generally high admission stats and a competitive applicant pool.

How do you pass a vet school interview? ›

Before the interviews:
  1. Carefully read any information given to you about the interview. ...
  2. Do not over prepare! ...
  3. Focus your extra reading on topics that interest you. ...
  4. Don't panic over maths questions. ...
  5. Arrive early and remember the whole day is the interview. ...
  6. Push the conversation in the direction that you want it to go.
1 Mar 2019

What city pays vets most? ›

Top 50 Cities for Veterinarians
RankCityAverage Annual Salary
1Sherman, TX$213,260
2Lubbock, TX$228,450
3College Station, TX$70,080
4Auburn, AL$76,680
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Is vet school worth the money? ›

Is vet school worth it? The purely financial answer is yes, vet school is worth it — but barely. The projected lifetime earnings of a veterinarian compared to the average college grad is $450,000 after taxes versus the $292,000 in cost of paying back student loans.

Which country is best for veterinary study 2022? ›

  • Royal Veterinary College , University of London. London, United Kingdom. ...
  • University of California, Davis. Davis, United States. ...
  • Utrecht University. Utrecht, Netherlands. ...
  • Cornell University. Ithaca, United States. ...
  • University of Guelph. ...
  • The University of Edinburgh. ...
  • Vetsuisse Faculty Bern and Zurich. ...
  • University of Copenhagen.

Which vet school is the easiest to get into? ›

List of the easiest vet schools to get into
  1. Texas A&M. Texas A&M is hands-down the easiest vet school to get into. ...
  2. Tuskegee University. Tuskegee University College of Veterinary Medicine was founded over 75 years ago. ...
  3. UC Davis. ...
  4. University of Georgia.
2 Jun 2022

Is it easy to get into vet school in the UK? ›

Entry to veterinary medicine courses is highly competitive and the selection process rigorous as a result. You can expect to be interviewed by each university and some also employ additional screening tests.

What are the easiest universities to get into in UK? ›

Top 20 universities which are easiest to get into in UK
  • Coventry University.
  • London Metropolitan University.
  • University of Exeter.
  • University of Wales Trinity Saint David.
  • Newman University, Birmingham.
  • University College Birmingham.
  • University of Winchester.
  • Cardiff Metropolitan University.

How competitive is veterinary school UK? ›

Each year, approximately 2400 people apply for 1200 places to study veterinary science so applicants have around a 50% chance of gaining a place.

Which vet school is the hardest to get into? ›

The University of California Davis veterinary college is probably the hardest vet school to get into in the US. The program is ranked #1 in the country and has generally high admission stats and a competitive applicant pool.

What is the best vet school in the UK? ›

The best veterinary medicine university in the UK is the The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies at the University of Edinburgh.

Do vets earn a lot of money UK? ›

Average £48,937 per year.

What is the lowest ranked Uni in the UK? ›

Thank you for subscribing! The University of Bedfordshire has been ranked the worst in the UK by the Complete University Guide. In the 2022 rankings, Beds Uni was ranked 130th out of 130 UK universities - a drop by seven places from the previous year.

What is the hardest qualification to get UK? ›

It all comes down to your gut feeling – and whether you think you'll enjoy studying that subject in the long-term.
  • Psychology. Kicking off our list of the hardest degrees in the UK is Psychology. ...
  • Microbiology. ...
  • Economics. ...
  • Philosophy. ...
  • Computer Science. ...
  • Finance. ...
  • Fine Art. ...
  • Astrophysics.

Which UK university has the lowest entry requirements? ›

Based on the percentage of students who apply to each university and receive an offer, these are the easiest universities to get into:
  • Aberystwyth University (97.6%)
  • Bishop Grosseteste University (95.1%)
  • Ravensbourne University London (95.1%)
  • University for the Creative Arts (92.4%)
  • University of Sussex (91.8%)
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What type of vet makes the most money UK? ›

Vets working in large animal practices tend to earn more than those working with smaller animals. Experienced vets employed in the industry can earn up to around £92,500.

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