Grades

My teacher said you need three As to get into vet school
Our BVetMed programme usually requires grades of AAA-ABB in A level Chemistry, Biology and one other subject of your choice. This is to make sure that you are adequately prepared for the academic challenges ahead. However, we realise that not everyone has had the same opportunities or support during their school life, and that some of you may even have alternative qualifications such as BTEC National Diplomas or Access qualifications. With this is mind we are looking at ways to open up veterinary medicine to a wider range of applicants. Admissions section of the RVC website.

Are there any other ways in to vet medicine?
We run a one year pre-vet programme solely for students receiving the education maintenance allowance(EMA), studying at non-selective state schools or FE colleges with at least CCC at A level or DDD in an Animal Management National Diploma. You also need to have B grades in GCSE English language, Maths and double Science and Cs in the rest.

The Gateway Programme aims to prepare you for the vet medicine degree (BVetMed) by giving you the opportunity to develop your academic skills such as essay writing, researching and problem solving as well as animal handling and agribusiness. If you pass the programme, you will automatically gain entry to the five year BVetMed.

There are currently around 35 Gateway places available to non-selective state school and FE college students who are members of the widening participation cohort in the United Kingdom, i.e. whose parents have not been to university, and who receive, or are eligible for an Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA). For further information on the Gateway Programme and how to apply click here.

From 2010, the RVC will be accepting applications from students with a BTEC ND in Animal Management for entry DIRECTLY onto their BVetMed degree. You will however need to make sure that you have taken the required biology and chemistry-based modules before you apply. Go to the RVC admissions pages for more information or contact the widening participation team.

Have I got any other options?
Liverpool and Bristol vet schools will accept the Gateway qualification in place of A levels so you will be eligible to apply to transfer to either at the end of the year. However, all vet schools offer slightly different programmes of study so you should check their websites for up to date and detailed information on their specific entry routes and admissions criteria.

I really want to be a vet but…
If you are constantly struggling with your academic work and find it hard to pass exams or indeed if you struggle to motivate yourself to do school/college work then veterinary medicine may not be the right career choice for you. Please click here for ideas of Other Careers where you can put your caring nature and other skills to excellent use by really making a difference to the lives of animals.

What else do I need to do?
In addition to your academic abilities, we want to make sure you have a realistic view of the role of a veterinary surgeon. The best way to do this is via work experience. We want to recruit people with a genuine thirst for knowledge, enquiring mind and good generic skills such as time keeping, team working and communication. You should therefore think about how you might go about enhancing these skills prior to application and interview.