Career Choices – Vet

Becoming a Vet is certainly not an easy task as it comes with one of the longest university stints going: 5 years to be exact. So it is not for the faint hearted. However, it can be an extremely rewarding career and you will never be short of work as people in the UK love their animals.

You will need to be fairly academic, as you will need a good set of GSCE results, at least 5 at grade ‘C’ and above to get you into A-level courses, and then at least three A-levels, at grades determined by the individual universities, normal this would be a combination of ‘A’ and ‘B’ grades in Chemistry, Biology and Mathematics.

It is worth doing some work experience in a Vet practice as the commitment for the course is very long, so you want to make sure you are going to enjoy the work and are aware of what is required before you set out. There is an element of blood and gore, as well as unpleasant working conditions on farms etc., and remember all animals are made up differently and cannot tell you what is wrong, so it makes your life harder.

Once you have qualified, you will be able to specialise in small or large animals. However, you have to be able to deal with all types of animals and will inevitably have to be on call over night and at weekends to deal with whatever comes up.

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