With the majority of UK vet schools being based in England, the initial fear of competing with alternative grading systems is completely understandable, but also utterly unfounded. As a Scot, I applied with Advance Highers, and from chatting to my English colleagues can assure you that the application process was identical! The quoted cut-of grades vary, but simply ignore whatever qualification you didn’t work with and focus on meeting the requirements for you own system.
I was actually insanely lucky with my applications as I was a little late to the game in fully committing to vet school. Partly for this reason I was absolutely certain that I wanted a break after school before starting university – I was desperate to travel, mature and experience a little more of life before committing to the next 5 years – and so ended up at an English uni as they encouraged deferring.
I honestly believe that the grades are just a starting point for the actual selection process. Interviews. Yes, they are terrifying and yes, you have to come up with a non-clichéd answer to why you want to be a vet, but afterwards you realise that they are just checking you are a real person who can hold a conversation. It’s not about the knowledge – it’s their job to teach you that later.
However, no matter what happens this year…don’t panic! Vet school is overflowing with people who took years out, completed a previous degree or returned after pursuing an entirely different career. No matter when / how you get there – your all in the same boat from that very first lecture.