As well as working as a vet in practice, some people choose to work in the army or for a charity.
Some vets choose to work for the army, treating a large number of horses and dogs, from routine to more specialised work. You will need to undergo a selection process and interview, and then go to the Royal Military Academy where you are trained in skills such as survival and weapon handling. You then attend the Army Medical Services Entry Officers’ Course (EOC) and the Troop Commanders’ course.
By joining the OTC (Officer Training Corps), you could receive a bursary for 3 years and a lump sum on completion for your degree by completing main board (a series of interviews (known as AOSB), training tasks and fitness tests). Upon completing main board and receiving the bursary, you must work for the army for 12 months once graduated. You will attend the Army Medical Services Entry Officers’ Course (EOC) and the Troop Commanders’ course. You have the opportunity to gain postgraduate qualifications throughout your career and could also gain a Masters degree.
The OTC is a great way to learn if you would like to become a veterinary officer within the military. You do not have to complete main board to remain in the OTC and you can simply go for the experience (which I would highly recommend)!
Many animal charities need vets to help the animals under their care. There is a wide variety of charities vets can work for all over the world, for example:
Working for a charity can be paid or voluntary, in the UK or abroad and with many different types of animal.