EdVet is a student-led organisation comprised primarily of veterinary science students. The purpose of our website is to help prospective students through the application process into vet school and give them an idea of what life as a veterinary student may entail. We are a non-profit organisation based in Liverpool, but we are a non-biased society and have ambassadors at the other vet schools across the country! You may see us on open days and at interviews so you can chat to us about your application, your worries and any questions that you have about what being a vet student is like. We aim to inspire all of those that are working towards a career in veterinary science and hope to provide useful information and support to all of those applying.
Route to vet school: I had a fairly traditional route to vet school, coming straight from A Levels. However, being the only applicant from my school the support was limited and I often felt a bit neglected compared to the medics!
Most apprehensive about before vet school: Exams and managing to progress to the next year! The volume of knowledge can seem daunting when it comes to revision time but there is so much support and help which eases the nerves a lot!
Love most: Definitely how practical the course is! We do a large amount of dissections, clinical skills and other hands on activities! It’s so useful to apply your knowledge and put what you’ve learned in lectures to practice!
Route to vet school: Straight from college doing maths, biology and chemistry A-levels, but just because this path is more common, doesn’t mean you have to do it! I often wish I’d had a gap year to work or travel before Vet School. It doesn’t matter how long you try for, as long as you get there in the end!
Most apprehensive about before vet school: Managing workload and having a good work-life balance. Unfortunately, I don’t think there’s a simple answer - I’m still figuring it out a few years on! I would suggest joining a new sport or club outside of vet school - It's never too late to join either!
Love most: There's always something to do! Whether it's a sports meet, bonfire night or party!
Route to vet school: I got into vet school first time from sixth form after taking biology, chemistry and maths A levels.
Most apprehensive about before vet school: I was most apprehensive about the workload, but as long as you’re organised I’ve found it’s not too bad managing it and everyone else is in the same situation!
Love most: I most love the community of the vet school. There are so many socials that you get to meet so many people and there’s lots of opportunities to make friends.
Route to vet school: I didn’t apply for vet school during my A levels as I didn’t think I would achieve the required grades. However, I found out I’d got the entry grades, so I took a gap year, applied and got offers to Liverpool and RVC. I spent the rest of the gap year working in a non-vet related job.
Most apprehensive about: I was most apprehensive about the workload. People often talked about the large volumes of work. I’ve found that the workload can sometimes be daunting however, if you keep on track and stay organised there’s more than enough time to do other things you enjoy.
Love most: I like the variety across the course, the different practical classes and ways of learning, as well as all the different subjects covered.
Route to vet school: straight from sixth form
Most apprehensive about : I was most worried about not being able to find a good work/life balance. I quickly realised that its easily possible to keep up with the workload whilst still enjoying student life and joining societies and sports teams.
Love most: I love how friendly and approachable everyone is throughout the entire vet school and how sociable we all are!
Route to vet school: I successfully applied to vet school during my A-Levels, with the subject Biology, Chemistry and Psychology.
Most apprehensive about: I'd heard some horror stories about how intense the workload was and people's struggles with work/life balance. I was also worried about meeting new people and settling into a new city, however I soon realised what a welcoming community vet school is, and that it's definitely possible to have a life outside of it too!
Love most: The huge variation in content from week to week and the broad range of knowledge we are able to gain through both lectures and practical sessions.
Route to vet school: I applied to vet school during a gap year - I didn’t think I’d get the grades I needed to apply in the first place and I also wanted a break from education anyway! The A Levels I took were biology, chemistry and economics.
Most apprehensive about: The main thing I felt worried about was that I would not be able to keep up with the large amount of work at a ‘high level’ of education. I found A Levels quite challenging and I find maths in general harder than most do, so I was scared I just wasn’t cut out for the course even though I had received offers. However, I soon found that my passion for this course made learning so much more fun, which is definitely half the battle! Being interested in your course makes a world of difference as apposed to studying (e.g. A levels) just to progress to the next level of education.
Love most: The atmosphere of vet school and university in general. There are so many great opportunities to try new things and meet people!
Route to Vet school: I unfortunately did not get the correct grades for vet school when I sat my A levels. As a result I took a gap year and re- sat my chemistry A level to get the correct grade and worked hard on a farm as I studied part time. This allowed me to save money for university and gain husbandry experience that has helped me at Vet school.
Most apprehensive about: I was nervous everybody would be much cleverer than me and I would really struggle as I hasn’t got the grades first time round. This hasn’t been the case, lots of people have come to vet school along similar routes to me and everyone is so lovely to supportive.
Love most: I love how supportive everyone is. Our buddy system allows us to ask questions to an older year if we need and there’s lots of support within the vet school if it’s needed.
Route to vet school: I came straight from 6th form (after the particularly stressful A level results day of 2020!).
Most apprehensive about: The amount of content you have to cover, I didn’t want to get left behind especially knowing how intelligent everyone on the course is and how many have already done previous degrees. However I have quickly realised how supportive everyone in my year is, they are great for support around revision tips or further knowledge on some of the stuff we cover.
Love most: The sense of community amongst the vets, everyone here is so supportive and unlike school you won’t annoy anyone talking about animals all day! The work really interests me, even though there is a lot of it you don’t feel a huge burden having to carry it out.
Route to vet school: I missed the A-level grades required to meet my vet school offer when I finished Year 13/sixth form so I chose to resit my A-levels and reapply to vet school.
Most apprehensive about: I was most apprehensive about choosing the best vet school for me. I was fortunate enough to receive offers from my top two choices (during my second application cycle), however, both vet schools were in very different locations (city and countryside vs just countryside). The A-level results change, after A-level results day 2020, didn’t help decide for me which vet school I was going to end up at as I was accepted by my insurance on the original A-level results day and then offered a place by my firm choice (for 2020) after CAGs were awarded. In the grand scheme of things it doesn’t matter which vet school you go to but in that moment it felt like a huge decision.
Love most: I really like how the staff members are so helpful and approachable. I also love being surrounded by people who are all committed to improving animal welfare and health.
We would like to make a special thank you to the past committees of EdVet who founded and shaped EdVet into what it is today and who passed on their wisdom to us so we can share it with you!