Becoming a vet

Vet standing in a fieldVeterinary surgery is a popular careers choice with a broad range of possibilities. Vets work in private clinical practice, teaching, research, government, public health, the military and private industry.

The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) provides more information about admission to university, work experience and reading lists.

Is a veterinary degree right for you? 

Edinburgh University have produced a free online course Do you have what it takes to be a veterinarian? which has a basic view of what's involved in the first year of a veterinary medicine degree. The course will take 2-3 hours a week for 5 weeks and is aimed at A-level students. An introduction film is below. 

Articles from Vet Record Careers

Surrey University have published a week in the life of a veterinary student.

The Association of Veterinary Students (AVS) have written some useful guidance on getting in to vet school.

Studying veterinary medicine in the UK

There are 7 Universities in England and two in Scotland that offer Veterinary degree courses.



The Which? University pages offer a comprehensive information about studying for a veterinary degree including a comparison of all the UK courses.

The Vet Schools Council Admissions Committee has created a guide highlighting the key differences between UK vet schools.

Some vet students have decided to study to become a vet outside the UK. Vets who have studied outside the UK and wish to practice as a vet in the UK should consult the RCVS application pages. On Vet Record Careers Mel Lean talks about her experiences studying in Budapest, Hungary and Chris Allen talks about his veterinary medicine course in Kosice, Slovakia.

Financial support for veterinary studies

Find out how veterinary graduates coped with their student debt and what advice they would give to prospective vet students in our blog post Becoming a vet... is it worth the student debt?

University fees can be expensive, but there are grants and bursaries (56 KB PDF) available that might help.

Use the student finance calculator to work out your entitlement.

Funding advice is also available in the UCAS guidance on finance and through each veterinary school:

Life as a vet

Veterinary medicine is a broad subject and can lead to a range of careers. 

The Association of Veterinary Students (AVS) has published recent graduate profiles to provide an insight to life as a vet and the career options available.

Rose Perrett wrote a monthly diary in Veterinary Record about what it's like to be first year vet student.

Veterinary Record has also published a series of ten minute chats with vets who work in a large variety of roles including:

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