How to become a vet – we answer 5 burning questions!
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How to become a vet
There are many reasons you may be interested in becoming a vet. Perhaps you love a challenge, you are interested in biology, you want a hands on job or maybe your love for animals sometimes outweighs your love for humans.
Becoming a vet is incredibly rewarding but it’s important you do your research before you start your journey.
We answer 5 burning questions here!
Question 1 : Do I need to go to University?
Answer: YES! You will need to complete a veterinary degree. This degree must be approved by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons.
Question 2: What Qualifications do I need to get onto a veterinary degree course?
Answer: The National Careers service states that you will need 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English, maths and science and 3 A levels, or equivalent, including biology and chemistry.
Question 3: How long will it take?
Answer: Most degrees to become a vet will last 5 years.
Question 4: Do I need any experience?
Answer: Yes. You will need to show you have experience working in a veterinary practice and that you have worked with both large and small animals. Try volunteering somewhere local to you. This may help also help you in the future when you are looking for a job at a practice.
Question 5: What skills do I need?
Answer: You need many skills to become a vet, both practical and personal. To name a few you will need a passion for your field, knowledge of biology, attention to detail, brilliant verbal communication skills and the ability to stay calm in stressful situations.
This all sounds brilliant and you want to get started? You can start volunteering and preparing yourself with necessary GCSE and A Level’s.
It’s always great to chat to someone in your desired career to get some advice and to hear their experiences. Reach out to someone local and/or get in touch with us and we can help you find the right person to talk to.