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Life as a vet. By Ellie Franks. Qualifications . GCSEs You will need at strong base of GCSEs including the sciences and maths in order to be able to take the A-levels you will need to go on to take a degree. Depending on the university you are applying to you may A grades in some subjects.

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Life as a vet

Life as a vet

By Ellie Franks


Qualifications

Qualifications

  • GCSEsYou will need at strong base of GCSEs including the sciences and maths in order to be able to take the A-levels you will need to go on to take a degree. Depending on the university you are applying to you may A grades in some subjects.

  • A-levelsYou will most likely need three excellent graded A-levels in Biology, and two out of Maths, Chemistry or Physics. You may also need to have a distinction in the BTEC Diploma in Animal Science.


Training

Training

  • DegreeYou need to take a veterinary degree in one of an approved Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) university.

  • A veterinary degree takes 5 to 6 years after which you will have to register with the RCVS. Once you are qualified you will be expected to keep up-to-date with developments in the industry.

  • There are around 20,000 registered vets in the UK.


Qualities

Qualities

  • Prospective veterinarians must have good manual dexterity. They should have a love for animals and the ability to get along with animal owners, especially when working with pet owners, who tend to form a strong bond with their pet. Veterinarians who intend to go into private practice should possess excellent communication and business skills because they will need to successfully manage their practice and employees and will need to promote, market, and sell their services.


Life as a vet

work

  • All vets are obliged to help deal with emergencies at any time, so in essence you are permanently on call.

  • As a vet you could end up working in any of the following sectors:• General practice (most graduates start here)• Teaching and research• Government agencies• Other sectors eg. Pharmaceutical or wildlife conservation

  • Veterinary surgeons are medical professionals whose primary responsibility is protecting the health and welfare of animals and people.

  • Vets diagnose and control animal diseases, treat sick and injured animals, prevent the transmission of animal diseases (‘zoonoses’) to people and advise owners on proper care of pets and livestock. They help to ensure a safe food supply by maintaining the health of food animals. Vets are also involved in wildlife preservation and conservation and the public health of the human population.


Extra info

Extra info

  • Typical salaryA typical starting salary is around £30,000 rising to £50,000 for senior vets.

  • Vet work between 8 and 10 hours a day, 5 days a week.

  • The dress code is usually a uniform given to you by your work place.


Pay and promotions

Pay and promotions

  • Typical salaryA typical starting salary is around £30,000 rising to £50,000 for senior vets.

  • There are no specific job title changes. Promotions consist of pay increases. Most veterinarians get paid by a percentage of the money they bring into the practice. The longer they work at a specific place, the higher percentage they make. most start at 18-20% and work upto 25% over time. Some are offered partnership in the practice which they have to buy into. Many vets buy their own clinics and become the owners of their own business.


Why i might be suited

Why I might be suited

  • I think that I would be suited to be a vet because I love animals but would be able to still put them down.

  • I am quite good at science and maths which I need for my qualifications.

  • I think I would work well in a animal loving enviroment.


Interests in vets

Interests in vets

  • I've had a interest in being a vet since I was in reception, I have always had a love for animals . But I'm still strong enough to have animals put down if they are in a lot of pain and the kindest thing to do for them would to put them to sleep.

  • This is the one dream that I have always stuck bye.


Thoughts

thoughts

  • After doing this research I'm still very interested and committed to the amount of work I will have to do to be able to get into a good university and then get a good job as a vet after my training.


The end

The end

  • Some areas I could go to if I wanted any more information.

  • onlinedegrees.org

  • The British veterinarian society


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