Many students get into vet school first time, but many don't! AAA is the most common offer with subjects including biology and chemistry, but this will vary depending on the vet school (you can find links to all the UK vet schools on our "about" tab). The best advice that you can be given is try your best to get the grades, but there is always a back up. For example:
"When I was applying to vet school, I found many of the university websites were not specific enough in regards to which third subjects (to have alongside biology and chemistry) were most preferable to have when applying. Having rung the vet schools to check that art A level would be considered at the same level as other subjects, such as maths or geography, this is what I chose to take. I was apprehensive that it would still be deemed as less academic, but fortunately it doesn’t seem like it was and my grades got me into vet school. I could not be more pleased that I chose art; not only was it an alternative subject to what a lot of students had which I believe made me stand out a little, but I have already found it useful when applying theories to models and systems of the body, and that’s only a few weeks into the first term! However, I did not get onto the course first time. With higher A level grades than I was predicted, I was able to reapply in October whilst packing as much extra work experience in as possible to spice up my personal statement. This included placements at small animal practices as well as with large animal vets, a week at an equine hospital, a dairy placement, two weeks on a pig and poultry farm and a day in an abattoir, all to add to the work experience I had already achieved before A levels. The veterinary profession is amazingly broad, but I would never have gained this extra experience without having a gap year since it took up most of my time between August and November. By Christmas, I’d already had two interviews and two unconditional offers, so I spent most of 2016 working and travelling around Asia. I developed so much as a person in my gap year and I would recommend it to everybody, especially if you are uncertain if a career in veterinary is for you. The course is full on from day 1, but I’m thrilled to be here and I’m loving it already!"
Some sixth forms and colleges are more prepared and able to support veterinary applicants than others - which is where EdVet can help! Make sure you know what you need to achieve and how best to work to achieve the grades. However, the application process requires more than that, so you must make sure you have enough work experience and interview preparation too.