Veterinary Medicine

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Veterinary Medicine ('Vet Med') is a challenging but fulfilling vocational course, which is perfect for people who are passionate about science as well as working with animals.

Application Resources

Here are some general resources related to Veterinary Medicine. These should be a useful introduction, regardless of which Veterinary Medicine related course you’re interested in and where you might want to study it.

Online Resources

These pages have general advice to help you think about a career and degree in veterinary medicine. It is important to demonstrate your interest in the vocational aspect of the course, both in your personal statement and during interviews (if applicable).

Vet Record Careers πŸ”— Especially good guidance for applications with top tips for people at all stages of their vocation

UCAS Subject Guide πŸ”— A comprehensive guide to the veterinary subject with course comparisons. Includes UniBuddy chat room which allows you to ask current veterinary students any questions you may have with regards to the application process or the course

thestudentroom Personal Statements πŸ”— Whilst thestudentroom forums aren’t always an authoritative source of information, these sample personal statements may provide some helpful examples of how to demonstrate your interest in a subject you won't have studied before.

Association of Veterinary Students Guide πŸ”— The official Association of Veterinary Students guide to getting into vet school. A useful place to start when starting your application, this website provides information on application requirements and some interview questions. The Admissions Processes and Entry Requirements for UK Veterinary Schools Leaflet is particularly helpful.

Studential Interview Questions πŸ”— Some broad example questions which are commonly asked at interview.

Vet Med Flashcards πŸ”— Good to sample what lecture content is covered in a typical first year at vet school. These may give you some ideas of what you can talk about at interview.


These websites have lots of articles on veterinary topics for you to read and think about. Use these to find areas of interest, keep on top of relevant research projects, and get used to reading articles. This is particularly valuable if you take notes as you read, and go on to look up anything you find interesting. The process of following up further resources, different perspectives and clarifications is key to the experience of being a student. Practising this pre-university is very valuable, and something you might want to evidence in your application (e.g. on your personal statement).

Science Daily Veterinary News πŸ”— Worldwide articles relating to veterinary science; the application of new techniques; and One Health concepts.

Farmers Weekly πŸ”— Weekly journal especially useful for people interested in large animal practice and the farming industry.

(">Vet Times πŸ”— 🌟 The go-to site for everything veterinary. This website offers news on all aspects of vet life as well as podcasts on interesting topics. Useful for keeping up to date with the developments in the profession, as the articles are concise and informative.

Online Courses and Summer Schools

These are all free to attend for students looking to learn more about studying veterinary medicine. Free online courses are a great way to expand your knowledge, and get a taste of life as a student. They can help you find areas of particular interest, and guide you through the process of studying and thinking independently.

Coursera πŸ”— A range of online courses to enrol on, many of which you can sign up to for free. Courses range from animal welfare to pathophysiology and epidemiology

Sutton Trust Summer School πŸ”— List of summer residentials for prospective students to sample lectures, find out about the course, meet other veterinary hopefuls and discover more about university life.