UCAS Forms

It is difficult to know how to write a good personal statement. However, we use the information provided on your UCAS form to decide whether or not to invite you for interview and so it is important that you dedicate sufficient time to both planning and completing it.

Most applicants will have good predicted grades and references so your PERSONAL STATEMENT is your main opportunity to set yourself apart from the rest. In it, you might tell us why you want to be a vet (i.e. your MOTIVATIONS), which hopefully is more than just a childhood dream of working with kittens and puppies.

Information on your recent* work at school/college not only helps us understand your SCIENCE background but also gives us something to talk about in greater depth at interview (so be sure to pick something that you are comfortable with discussing in greater detail). 

*Note the use of recent here – you will find it harder to recall the detail of work completed more than one year ago

As mentioned above, we like to hear about the depth and breadth of your WORK EXPERIENCE to date, both in the veterinary and non-veterinary professions along with any other non-academic activities that have developed your generic skills.

Apart from the content of your personal statement, we will of course be looking at your use of language (e.g. vocabulary, grammar and spelling). Is the text well structured or does it jump from one idea to the next with little flow between sentences and paragraphs? You can check this by reading it out loud.

You will also need to get the balance right between waffling and being too brief. Make sure there is sufficient information there to show how you stand out from the crowd but leave us room to ask you questions in further depth at interview.

Have you asked your teacher/connexions/CXL advisor/graduate mentor for feedback on it? You could also ask a friend or relative to give their advice.

Click here for help in writing your personal statement

Why do I have to write a second personal statement for the Gateway Programme?
Students applying for the Gateway programme are often not eligible to apply for other Veterinary Medicine degrees due to their differing qualifications and predicted grades. You may therefore be applying for both veterinary and non-veterinary courses and your UCAS statement will need to be broad enough to cover all bases. For this reason, we ask for an additional personal statement, solely focussing on your veterinary ambitions which should follow the above guidelines for UCAS statements. More information on the Gateway Application Form.