Do I need experience working with animals?
Having the ability to show some work experience is always beneficial, particularly on personal statements when applying for your degree, although it can sometimes be difficult to secure.
Try volunteering, shadowing, or try and get a part-time job at a cattery, kennel, rehoming centre, farm, or stables. You could even try and contact local veterinary surgeries to see if they can accommodate you for some work experience.
Can you be a vet for specific animals?
Absolutely! There are many types of veterinarian specialisations to choose from, including:
- Small animal
- Large animal
- Mixed Practice – perfect for those who want to work with all animals
You won’t be able to choose which animals you want to specialise in straight away though, as the course covers many species. Many vets take further courses after they’re officially qualified to increase their knowledge or specialise their expertise.