An introduction to studying Veterinary Medicine with the Royal Veterinary College, University of London.

Event speakers:

What to expect as a Veterinary Medicine student and application tips
Chris Hobson, Head of Student Recruitment, Royal Veterinary College, University of London

Including a student reflection from a current Veterinary Medicine student.

Event Summary

This webinar is hosted by Jon Cheek, the Founder and Director of UniTasterDays. Guidance is provided for students to help them make good choices when considering university. The guest speakers for this event are Chris Hobson, the Head of Student Recruitment at Royal Veterinary College, University of London and Sophie MacIntosh, a current third year Veterinary Medicine Student at Royal Veterinary College, University of London.

Introduction to veterinary medicine and applying
Chris starts off by providing an overview of the Royal Veterinary College (RVC) and what they specialise in. He talks about the number of students that are enrolled and the different campus’s – city and countryside.

If you are interested in studying veterinary medicine at university you will need to apply through UCAS. Chris shares details about the providers for this course, why it is competitive, how long it takes to complete and accreditation. He provides an overview of the course which consists of pre-clinical years, para-clinical years, clinical components and hospital placements.

The course is very intense and Chris explains how many hours of placement you are required to complete on this degree and the number of vacations you will receive compared to other undergraduate courses. He goes on to speak about specialisation and continued professional development (CPD) as a registered veterinarian.

The way you will learn and be taught will vary across universities depending on whether you follow a didactic or problem-based approach, explains Chris. These teaching methods include lectures, seminars, tutorials and case-based sessions and will be used across your degree.

Student perspective
Sophie provides a student outlook on studying veterinary medicine at RVC. She speaks about her pre-clinical years and the different modules she has studied. She goes on to speak about her spiral timetable and how this is an effective way of retaining information covered in previous years.

Sophie explains the way she is taught at university and the different types of exams. Finally, she speaks about the clinical aspects of veterinary medicine and the final year of your degree.

Entry requirements and application tips
Chris explains how the entry requirements for veterinary medicine will vary for each university, but generally they will take both your GCSE’s and A-Levels into consideration.

He talks about things to bear in mind before applying and the UCAS deadline for veterinary medicine which is different to the closing date for other courses. Work experience is a requirement for this course and Chris speaks about what your experience needs to demonstrate to admissions tutors as well as how this requirement has changed in a Covid-19 world. He gives advice for writing your personal statement and how to demonstrate your dedication to veterinary medicine, as well as explaining how you will be interviewed for the course. Finally, he answers student queries regarding topics such as virtual work experience, entry requirements, the EPQ and tips for specialising with exotic animals.

Session summary from Rubaya Zaman, a final year English Literature student at the University of Birmingham.

Event Recorded: Tuesday, June 9, 2020 at 15:00

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