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Successful Personal Statement For Veterinary Medicine At Cambridge

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Welcome to our popular Personal Statement series where we present a successful Personal Statement, and our Oxbridge Tutors provide their feedback on it. 

Today, we are looking through a Veterinary Medicine applicant’s Personal Statement that helped secure a place at Cambridge University. The Veterinary Medicine Course at Cambridge offers a world-class opportunity to study the scientific basis of veterinary medicine and clinical veterinary science.

Read on to see how this candidate managed to secure an offer from a world-class department.  

Here’s a breakdown of the Personal Statement (the applicant uses most of the 4,000 characters available):

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Veterinary Medicine Personal Statement

Witnessing the birth of a calf was a wonderful experience and has helped to confirm my long-term ambition to be a vet. This desire has been a motivating force in all my decisions at school. Veterinary medicine is a challenging and worthwhile career that encapsulates my profound interest in animal welfare, scientific enquiry and problem solving.  It will satisfy my passion to work with people and animals as well as my love of science. It requires academic rigour, is scientifically-based and provides opportunities for further research either in laboratory or clinical settings. It involves considerable practical skills and the potential for great job satisfaction with the possibility of running my own practice.

My work experience has been thoroughly enjoyable and included working with a country vet, a farrier, at a private stables, a commercial reptile centre, a dairy farm and a small animal clinic. With the country vet I observed two successful treatments on cows to correct displacement of the abomasum by external manipulation and surgery. I helped with TB testing, learning the process, its importance and the wider context. Working with the farrier opened my mind to other people who interact with the veterinary profession. Whilst involved in cleaning and feeding at the private stables I developed a great respect for horses including an awareness of the danger they can pose for humans and other animals. At the reptile centre I handled a bearded dragon, monitor lizard and snakes whilst assisting in an educational talk and at Beaver World learnt to care for guinea pigs, rabbits, beavers, pheasants and fish. During my nine-day stay on a dairy farm I took part in the daily routine of milking, and as well as observing the birth of a calf, I saw the deterioration of a cow and the eventual decision to put her down. It was apparent that working in a small animal clinic involves many routine operations like the castration and spaying of cats and dogs. I learnt that diagnosis involves history-taking, examination and investigations such as blood tests and diagnostic imaging. To gain more experience I plan to work at a city farm, participate in the delivery of lambs and carry out placements at London Zoo and the London Aquarium.

I attended VetMedlink at Nottingham University, thirty six lectures on all aspects of veterinary care. As part of this course I voluntarily undertook my own research into potential new uses of stem cells and submitted a paper which was marked and for which I received a distinction. This is due to be published on-line sometime this year. My focus was how stem cells inserted into the brain could be used in the future to improve intelligence and treat neural problems such as Alzheimer’s disease. Furthermore, I will be attending a course in November to enable me to administer aid to stranded or injured marine mammals.

As well as good examination grades, my other school achievements include prize certificates in mathematics and biology; I was especially pleased to win Gold Certificates in the UK Maths Challenge. This year I was commended for the quality of my answers in the Chemistry Challenge set by my school which required logical reasoning skills. I have a special aptitude for mathematics and attended six maths lectures at Greenwich University on themes which included matrices and types of mathematical proof.

I aim to involve myself whole-heartedly in university life, using my musical skills by playing the keyboard and perhaps playing in or starting a sports team.

I truly believe I have the ability to work effectively with people and animals. I am excited about the veterinary course since it offers the opportunity to undertake research projects, understand the scientific basis of medicine, gain in-depth knowledge of veterinary practice and develop key practical skills. I am determined to become a vet and eager to begin the formal course of training in what I know will prove to be a fascinating field of study.

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Good Points Of The Personal Statement

A well written and well-structured statement that provides a good insight into the student’s character and development, both academically as well as personally. The student demonstrates a good scientific foundation, achieving various degrees of academic excellence and also demonstrates a wide range of different work-experience attachments giving insight into different specialities of veterinary medicine. This is particularly important due to the wide range of differences between different animal species. The broader the experience before starting the degree, the better. Furthermore, the work-experience placements will provide valuable contacts for when the student will be required to conduct care attachments during his/her studies at university.

Bad Points Of The Personal Statement

One of the central points of veterinary medicine not related to the academic side is the funding structure. Recognising the challenges that come in regard to the treatment of patients, as well as in regard to the interaction with owners, is an important component. Since the student experienced care in different practice settings, it is likely that he/she has come across this issue.

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Good statement giving good detail about the student and his/her motivation as well as his/her individual development. It could be improved by additional reflection on the challenges of veterinary practice, for example, the existing funding structures.

This Personal Statement for Vet Med is a good example of demonstrating motivation and development which is vital to Admissions Tutors.

Remember, at Cambridge, these Admissions Tutors are often the people who will be teaching you for the next few years, so you need to appeal directly to them.

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How to write a personal statement for veterinary science

Focus on your experience and motivation – and show you understand the challenges of the job

I f you're applying to study veterinary science, a personal statement will be just one part of your application. Chances are you will also have to fill out a work experience questionnaire, do a test and possibly go to an interview as well.

"The work experience questionnaire is there to check that the student meets our minimum work experience requirements," says Vikki Cannon, head of admissions and recruitment at the Royal Veterinary College.

Some courses don't even look at the personal statement. Dr Kieron Salmon, director of admissions at the University of Liverpool, says: "In our experience, very few personal statements are 'personal'. They read very similarly and have hints of having being written under the guidance of a teacher or parent. So we focus more on face-to-face interviews."

But for the courses that do ask for one, the personal statement can play a really important role.

"If you get it wrong, then it can be the difference between you getting an interview and not getting an interview," says Cannon.

So here are some tips to help you when it comes to writing yours.

What to include

Why do you want to be a vet?

"What we're looking for from a personal statement is to get a feel for why they want to be a vet and an understanding of what they've done about it," says Cannon.

It's also worth thinking about your long-term career aims and what kind of vet you want to be.

Sam Hillage, assistant faculty registrar at the University of Surrey, says: "Showing your motivation and talking about some of your career aspirations would be good. Also acknowledging the diversity of roles in the field."

Work experience

"Sometimes people forget to actually mention the four weeks of work experience they've done," says Hillage. "As that's a mandatory requirement, it's important they get that in."

It might be that a particular moment from your work experience has stuck with you, and if you link that to why you want to be a vet and what you've learned, it can impress tutors.

Claire Phillips, director of admissions at Edinburgh University's Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies says: "Sometimes it can be something quite minor that they have seen on work experience that has made an impression and shown them what it is all about."

Relevant hobbies

Use your statement to show your wider interests as well as your interest in veterinary medicine. Phillips says: "We're looking for a holistic, rounded student. It's not just about academic ability, we want to see people who have other things outside work and academics."

Try to link your hobbies back to your interest in veterinary medicine, but don't worry if not everything is relevant.

"It could be sport, music, voluntary work – it doesn't have to be animal-related," says Phillips.

"Being academically very good is not everything. They need an outlet to cope with the veterinary profession when they qualify. It's a tough job, especially if they go into a practice, so the fact they have something outside of academia is important."

Don't forget to mention people

A vet should understand that a big part of their job is dealing with people, say tutors.

"Some people just explain conditions or talk about animals, but it is important to talk about the sensitivity of the profession," says Phillips.

"You need to be aware that it's not just theory but about the overall sensitivity to people."

You could get this across by talking about some of the human interactions you encountered on your work experience, perhaps how you observed a vet dealing with a client.

Things to avoid

Spelling mistakes

You might not be applying to study English, but good spelling is still important.

Phillips says: "It's a professional degree and communication skills are very important."

And if you're going to refer to particular medical terms, it's really important that you spell them correctly.

"The number of people who write that they've witnessed caesareans in their personal statement but can't spell caesarean is amazing," says Cannon.

"One bad spelling isn't going to lose you a place, but you are marked on the quality of your writing, so if it was littered with spelling mistakes then it might be a problem."

"I've wanted to be a vet since I was..."

"We're not interested in the fact that you've wanted to be a vet for the last 16 years," says Cannon.

"You could have been interested in being a vet for the last 16 months, it's what you do about it that is the interesting thing."

That's not to say you should avoid the phrase altogether. Just make sure you link it back to why you would be good on the course.

Cannon says: "Lots of them will start their personal statement with: 'I've known I wanted to be a vet since I was 3, 4, 5, 6'. But then a lot of them do go on and say why. That's what we're looking for."

Too much technical detail

You might want to include some reference to a strand of veterinary medicine or a type of technology that interests you, but don't go overboard.

Sam Hillage, assistant faculty registrar at the University of Surrey, says: "I'd avoid getting bogged down in a lot of technical detail.

"While it's good to show you have some technical knowledge, it's not necessarily what we look for in a personal statement."

Mentioning the most up-to-date technology won't always win brownie points. "It's the more grounded things that make an impression," says Phillips.

Don't forget to mention animals

It might sound really obvious that a personal statement for veterinary science should include animals. But not everyone remembers. "Sometimes we get people who focus very much on the science side of things, without ever really mentioning animals," Cannon says.

Equally, make sure not to go too far in the other direction.

Cannon says: "Saying 'I want to be a vet because I like cats' doesn't really tell us anything."

If you're looking for more help in getting to vet school, why not apply for a place on a summer school? This year, the Royal Veterinary College is offering 50 places on a summer course with the Sutton Trust that will teach you what it's like to be a vet and give you tips on applying to study veterinary medicine at uni.

The scheme, sponsored by Barclays, is free to students from low and middle income backgrounds. If you're interested in applying for a place, take a look at the Sutton Trust's website .

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Applying to vet school can seem intimidating. In this article, we hope to demystify the process for you, discussing top tips for writing your personal statement, exploring the subject prior to interviews and preparing you to follow your veterinary dreams!

Preparing a Veterinary Personal Statement

When writing your personal statement, it is important to ensure breadth and depth, discussing topics in detail and ensuring you can mention a range of different topics/ experience to show a wider knowledge of the subject area. Make sure you mention people as well as animals, and choose topics you would be comfortable discussing further at interview.

Why are you applying?

Before you begin preparing for your veterinary application, it is worth taking a few minutes to think about the reasons why you wish to study veterinary medicine. This will be crucial for personal statement writing and you may be asked about your motivations for applying at interview. Your reasons for application should be well-thought out and specific. When you have some work experience of volunteering done, you can incorporate these experiences in your answers.

Begin by planning how you will structure your response. You could split your answer into three sections: 

1. Why the university?

Extensively research the university, societies you might want to join etc. and know the style of veterinary school. N.B. Most veterinary schools will have a page dedicated to what they want from applicants - take your cue from them!

2. Why veterinary?

Think about what YOU will gain from the degree itself

Think about what the degree will allow you to do once you are done e.g. The different routes you could take: Veterinary surgeon, zoo industry, scientific research, higher education lecturer, conservation work, charity sector (RSPCA) etc.

Ideas: You could think about how veterinary scientists benefit our community, maintaining animal welfare standards, improving food security, informing policy changes, the lifelong learning experience…

What are your ambitions? What interests you about veterinary medicine?

Consider the top 6 qualities you think it will be most important to evidence in your personal statement – consider practical and non practical skills

3. Why are you a suitable candidate?

When answering "Why me?" style questions at interview, or brainstorming when writing your personal statement, you must be able to demonstrate your quality and relate back to veterinary.

What makes YOU suitable for this subject? What relevant skills do you have? What relevant experiences or achievements can evidence these skills?

Which qualities would your chosen university most admire? e.g. practical skills, communication skills, problem solving, empathy and sensitivity

Work experience is great to mention as the stimulus that led you to apply for veterinary medicine, rather than just "helping animals", which is the formulaic answer a surprising number of students give! Work experience placements also make perfect examples for questions on your skills/ attributes and veterinary as a career.

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How to ensure breadth and depth in your Vet personal statement

Those who are going to review your personal statement for university admissions, or interview you, live the subject. They have decided to dedicate their lives to studying this discipline. Therefore, it is important to show that you are closely involved with the subject, even though it is not a subject studied at school. How to do this?

Background Reading/ Research for Vet Science

Evidence of off-curriculum exploration and outside reading is crucial to success in entry to the top veterinary schools . Research some relevant topics in veterinary medicine such as one health, bovine tB, animal welfare, pet obesity and nutrition (80% of horses are obese!), euthanasia and equine notifiable diseases.

Also think about current "“hot topics” in veterinary e.g. equine herpes virus is a hot topic in the UK after a recent outbreak. Students may also like to mention Covid-19 on their personal statement and the questions/ issues the pandemic has thrown up e.g.

Zoonotic diseases (diseases spread between animals and people): The origins of the pandemic are unclear

Coronavirus in pets e.g. dogs: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/animals.html - Concerns over animals/ pets with reported SARS-CoV-2 infection resulted in vets being pooled into the research

The effectiveness of tele-consultations/ whether this accelerated the possible digitalisation of some elements of veterinary practice

The importance of non-emergency treatments: Vets encourage dog owners to come for vaccinations each year, but these were classes as non-emergency during the pandemic. Does this mean vaccinations are not essential for dogs?

Are vets key workers? (They were not classes ad key workers originally)

Puppy farming/ ethics of imported rescues

Pet travel/ passports

You could keep a reading chart with a page dedicated to each veterinary related topic. This will be useful for personal statement writing and prospective interviews too. To practise for interview, why not try presenting the topic out loud and pre-empting questions?

New Scientist: Great for articles on current affairs in veterinary science: https://www.newscientist.com/search/?q=veterinary

BBC Radio 4 In Our Time : You’ll find a number of veterinary-related episodes e.g. “The Evolution of Horses” or “Echolocation”

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Linking research/ work experience to skills

Mention a range of different topics to show a wider knowledge of the subject area

Pick a topic or experience to discuss in more detail in your personal statement, but use this to show off a quality of yours

Example: Communication skills are central to being a successful vet – you could mention how you used communication skills during work experience or watched a vet demonstrate communication skills in a challenging scenario such as an angry or upset client

Work experience:

Consider which of these placements you have enjoyed the most, and why

Consider a time during your work experience placements when you have learnt something about the practical aspect of working in veterinary science, and also a non-practical aspect

You could also refer to examples of cases seen during work experience

Extracurricular

These may or may not be relevant to veterinary science. If unrelated e.g. a sport, public speaking, music, ensure you link back to why undertaking the extracurricular activity stands you in good stead for a veterinary degree i.e. what skill has it honed? Mention of non-veterinary related extracurriculars should be c.4 lines at the end of the statement.

Example Activities:

Write, write, write! For other subjects, essay competitions are a great way of delving into a topic area in depth and trying your hand at high level academic writing. Whilst veterinary competitions are slightly harder to come by, there are some opportunities for students to get involved in/ mention on their personal statement. Even if the deadline is passed, why not practise brainstorming an answer to, essay planning, or writing a full essay in response to the questions? Questions such as these could also be asked at interview. Even if you don’t mention the competition, you could mention an interest in the field on your personal statement or even turn it into an independent research project

The Society for Veterinary Medical Ethics Competition : Example Question - “ Even when animal euthanasia is ethically indicated, many veterinarians and vet staff become stressed because they feel like executioners. What might change their paradigm?”

Lucy Cavendish College Veterinary Competition : Example Question - ”’Brachycephalic dogs spend their entire lives struggling to breathe. Their popularity is regrettable and their breeding should be strictly regulated.’ Discuss.”

Newnham College, Cambridge Biological Sciences Competition : Example Question - “Replace, reduce, refine: Why do we still need to experiment on animals?”

Research Projects

Zooniverse allows you to take part in science research projects from home. For example, the project “Whooping Cranes” involves virtually looking for large white birds (Whooping Cranes) in Northern Canada to monitor the population of the endangered species, or the “Monkey Health Explorer” project allows you to learn more about monkey health by identifying white blood cell types

We also offer specialised research projects through our co-curricular division, Minds Underground™ . The projects are great to mention on personal statements, and make impressive talking points at interview, particularly for top UK universities such as Cambridge, who favour applicants with an interest in scientific research

These are typically taken over a 4-week duration, involving weekly hour-long project tutorials and a final review session. The aim is to combine teaching of high-level subject-specific content with exposure to real-world applications of these concepts, giving you the opportunity to undertake a project that is both useful for a university application and future career

We have a selection of projects available on the website, but further veterinary projects can also be customised around your interests with a mentor who has a specialism in the field

Veterinary Courses/ Masterclasses

We run an online Veterinary Summer School (June - August), with two hosts from the Royal Veterinary College

If you have missed the summer course, we also host all of the masterclasses as 1-1 sessions, price on application. Example masterclasses: https://www.mindsunderground.com/stem/veterinary

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Hopefully this article has given you more of an idea as to how you should go about content building, writing and structuring a standout vet personal statement. Be concise (you only have 4000 characters!), be honest and speak in detail about specific interests within the veterinary course, emphasising a few in-depth discussions of experience and topics of interest to convey your passion for the subject.

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1) We suggest a Veterinary mentor and send their full CV for review. Our mentors are deeply familiar with the admissions process and are well-placed to guide you through personal statement curation, test preparation (if applicable) and the interview process. We may suggest a range of application tutors to choose from with slightly differing rates depending on qualifications and level of experience.

2) We typically suggest beginning with a 1.5 hour informal assessment/ taster session , where the mentor will informally assess the student’s current performance level for application. Following this, we issue a report with feedback, and structure a plan to best prepare.

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Do you understand the qualities a successful veterinary surgeon needs and fundamentally, how have you demonstrated these attributes? Your understanding of this is drawn out from how you tackle personal and professional obstacles, teamwork, leadership, and communication in both academic and non-academic settings.

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Our tutors assess why you want to study veterinary medicine. We evaluate your vocational and extracurricular experiences alongside personal development. Our team look for a broad range of examples from your work experience that highlights your understanding of the role of the vet, the veterinary profession and the sciences underpinning this vocation.

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Our tutors assess your personal statement for academic interest but also for traits that demonstrate important skills such as resilience, work-life balance, teamwork, and communication. Our skilled reviewers will ensure you avoid listing experiences and assist you in prioritising which experiences to reflect on – quality is more important than quantity.

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If you are applying to Cambridge to study Veterinary Medicine, our senior Cambridge tutors will focus closely on the use of scientific terminologies and the technical contents of your personal statement. Our reviewers look to see how well you articulate your interest in the academic aspects of veterinary medicine - above and beyond the EPQ.

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Most students who send us their personal statements are over the word and character limit! The 4,000-word limit can be really hard to adhere to – your style of writing should be focused with argument and direction. This is where a trained eye can prioritise your reflective encounters and remove unnecessary content.

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Integration and Flow

Whilst it’s important to have a checklist and a high level of organisation, our tutors ensure your personal statement is engaging. It’s vital for you to have a strong introduction and conclusion. A personal statement should flow logically and excite the reader whilst simultaneously adopting a formal academic writing style.

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Is all of you're spelling & grammar, correct? Just as you noticed our grammatical mistake above - make sure you thoroughly check your statement before the final submission. One of the most common faults we see is the incorrect use of commas – we run all of our personal statements through Grammarly.

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As soon as you place your order, we will match you with a specialist academic tutor who will guide you through your personal statement review. We’ll collect some essential pieces of information such as which vet schools you’re applying to, and whether you are a school leaver, gap year, mature, graduate or international applicant. Whether you’re applying to Cambridge or to H&K, we have veterinary reviewers from across the country to help you.

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We will ask for a copy of your personal statement and establish your key ideas, concerns, and expectations. Our veterinary tutors know exactly where students fall down and make mistakes in their personal statements. We’ve done all the hard work of comparing and creating the best strategies using a wide array of resources so that you don’t have to.

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Your personal statement will be fully reviewed and polished within three working days. We’ll check it for spelling, punctuation, grammar, and plagiarism as well as adjusting it for style, content and clarity - all without losing sight of your talent and personality. Our tutors provide extensive written feedback alongside line-by-line in-text suggestions.

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The PS forms an important part of the applicant process – it is a chance to get noticed for the unique talents and experiences you have. In summary – the PS is a short, reflective piece of writing that you submit as part of your UCAS application to universities.

Vet schools generally assess the same unified themes – note that in Cambridge there is a much stronger emphasis on academics and basic sciences. The standard of your written communication and a structured format is important.

Common things to include

  • A strong introduction
  • Why you want to study veterinary medicine
  • Supra-Curricular: e.g., volunteering, research, books, online courses
  • Extra-Curricular: e.g., sports, teamwork, leadership
  • Ability to reflect on your work experience
  • A strong conclusion

Start writing your personal statement early, ideally the summer before Year 13 if you’re a school leaver. The earlier you get started, the more time you allow yourself to write and rewrite the statement until it’s perfect. Unfortunately, leaving things too late tends to lead to a state of panic and stress – get in touch if you need any inspiration!

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Some say “The hardest part is getting in.” Many of our current vet tutors may have been offered a place at their dream university, but rejected by another one that was on their shortlist – it doesn’t make them any less of a great future vet. There will be some things you can control, and some that you can’t – so try to stand out in those that you can. MediTutor has listed the six crucial elements to a successful application.

We recommend students set 6 A4 pages aside and write the following headings at the top of each page. Set out an action plan of how you will satisfy the requirements.

1. Grades/Exam results – the minimum entry requirements will suffice 2. NSAA (Cambridge)/Pre-interview questionnaire 3. Extracurricular Activities and Work Experience 4. UCAS Reference 5. Personal Statement 6. Interview Performance

Here at MediTutor, our expert tutors are here to support you with these core aspects of your application.

Please don’t use clichés, every single admissions cycle without fail, our reviewers see the same cliché phrases such as “I have always wanted to be a vet” – this is just far too commonly stated (even if it’s true) – creativity and individuality are essential to a successful personal statement.

Most personal statements are reviewed within 3 working days, if not sooner. For Cambridge personal statements, these can take up to 5 working days.

Prior to the review of your personal statement, our reviewers will establish what your main ideas, concerns and expectations are. We will focus on these alongside our 10-point checklist.

We typically recommend two reviews though this does vary from student to student and there is no one answer that fits all! You can purchase more reviews at any time or request a second reviewer should you wish at any time.

Sorry, no! The ‘key’ is that this is personal and if we were to write it for you, it detracts away from your natural flair. Additionally, as current, and future vets, it’s against the ethical code stipulated by the RCVS.

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Sure, we would recommend two reviews of your personal statement at the minimum. Once so we can focus on the veterinary contents, and the second, to ensure it meets the English standard requirements needed by vet schools.

The veterinary personal statement is 47 lines long or 4000 characters – the same for all courses on UCAS.

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All applications to UK veterinary schools must be made via UCAS, which includes the requirement to write a personal statement. However, veterinary schools are aware that the amount and quality of advice, and assistance applicants receive when writing their personal statement, varies greatly – and that this could potentially advantage or disadvantage certain applicants. For this reason, personal statements now play a smaller role in selecting candidates for veterinary medicine. This is reflected in the fact that some veterinary schools may have partially or completely replaced the use of the personal statement by introducing their own applicant questionnaires.

However, this does not make the personal statement unimportant. Throughout the selection process, for example at interview, it is likely that you will be asked about things you have discussed in your personal statement. Remember that the personal statement is your opportunity to explain that you possess the enthusiasm, skills and aptitudes which make you suitable for a career in veterinary medicine. Use this opportunity to explain how your academic interests, work experience and relevant hobbies reflect your interest in veterinary medicine. When mentioning these activities, make sure to reflect on how they have developed your skills and prompted your interest in veterinary science.

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Step into the University of veterinary medicine as you delve into two exceptional personal statements that showcase the unwavering passion, exceptional skills, and profound dedication of aspiring veterinarians. Use our Veterinary personal statement examples to write your application for the Vet course to make a successful university application. 

Veterinary Personal Statement

I grow up on the farm. Since a young age, my passion for horses has ignited a deep connection with these magnificent animals. Growing up, I immersed myself in the world of equine care, constantly learning and developing my knowledge of their well-being. It was through this journey that I discovered my fervour for trimming and caring for horse hooves in their natural state, favouring the preservation of their inherent grace over conventional shoeing methods. This hands-on experience not only allowed me to witness the profound impact of proper hoof care but also instilled in me an unwavering desire to pursue a career in veterinary medicine.

While my love for horses, I have always been fascinated by the world of exotic pets. My commitment to understanding diverse animal care requirements led me to take on the responsibility of caring for Josh, a beautiful chameleon. Delving into the unique intricacies of reptiles and tropical animal care hypnotised me, as I discovered the delicate balance required to provide them with a prosperous atmosphere. This experience further solidified my determination to specialize in exotic animal Vet medicine and contribute to the well-being of these remarkable pieces.

For my best practical experience, I actively aspired to opportunities to expand my knowledge beyond horses and reptiles. Working at an animal shelter exposed me to the day-to-day care of various animals, primarily dogs and cats. However, I used every chance to assist in the care of other pieces, including Josh the chameleon. This experience not only let me develop my skills in treating different species but also taught me the importance of empathy and kindness in providing quality Veterinary care.

I wanted to further broaden my horizons, I pursued employment at a city zoo. This opportunity proved to be transformative, as it provided me with adequate exposure to an extensive range of exotic animals. Working alongside the zoo’s best veterinarians, I absorbed knowledge from experts while sharpening my clinical skills. It was during this time that I was fortunate enough to form a mentorship with Dr Martin Bellford, a seasoned veterinarian. His guidance and support have been very valuable, enabling my ambitions and providing me with opportunities to excel in veterinary medicine.

Academically, my love for biology has been my driver in my educational journey. Biology labs, in particular, have provided a platform for me to explore the intricacies of life and deepen my understanding of animal physiology. Though my empathy for animals sometimes makes dissection uncomfortable, I appreciate the opportunity to gain a thorough understanding of animal anatomy and its practical application in veterinary medicine.

Looking to the future, I have ambitious career goals. As an exotic animal specialist, I aspire to work with unique and wild species, employing my knowledge and skills to safeguard their well-being. Furthermore, I am passionate about wildlife preservation and hope to contribute to this cause through active involvement with organizations such as the World Wildlife Fund. By combining my veterinary expertise with a dedication to conservation, I aim to make a lasting impact on the lives of animals, both domestic and wild.

My journey in veterinary medicine has been shaped by a lifelong passion for horses and an unwavering dedication to animal care. The diverse experiences I have gained, from working with horses to caring for exotic pets and assisting at a city zoo, have solidified my commitment to pursuing a career in veterinary medicine. With a strong academic foundation in biology and a burning desire to make a difference, I am eager to embark on this transformative journey and contribute to the well-being of animals in need.

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Ever since I can remember, my fascination with animals has been my driver in shaping my school achievements and personal goals. The intricate biology of animals, their diverse forms, and their profound impact on the world have fascinated me, igniting a passion that has led me to seek a career in veterinary medicine. With an interest in genetics and its application to animal health, I am eager to contribute my knowledge and skills, while improving the welfare of our dear “buddies”.

As I delved more in-depth into biology, my focus on genetics strengthened. Studying the complexity of evolution and selective breeding, I became aware of the challenges that certain species face due to genetic defects. Ventricular septal defects in bulldogs demonstrate the importance of genetic predispositions and the impact they have on health. It is my earnest wish to utilise this knowledge to diagnose, treat, and mitigate such conditions, ensuring good health for animals.

Throughout my academic journey, I have always displayed an affinity for the sciences, particularly biology. I have demonstrated a strong grasp of fundamental principles and an ability to apply theoretical knowledge to real scenarios. Moreover, my overall performance in the General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE) demonstrates a positive mindset and a commitment to hard work across all mentioned disciplines.

To complement my academic work, I have eagerly aspired to relevant work experiences in veterinary medicine. Assisting with surgeries and consultations, I have seen the dedication and skill required to provide humane care to animals in need. These experiences have extended beyond the borders of my home country, allowing me to observe veterinary practices in diverse environments. Additionally, my work with horse husbandry and breeding, as well as my involvement with racehorses and farming animals, has upgraded my knowledge to the next level.

Beyond my academic and professional goals, I actively engage in extracurricular activities that have honed my attributes and fostered a well-rounded character. As a dedicated sportsman and Silver Sports Ambassador, I have been privileged to promote the values of the Olympics and inspire others to embrace an active lifestyle. My participation in rugby for Sheppey RFC and my school team has instilled in me the importance of teamwork, perseverance, and leadership.

Driven by a real desire to make a positive result, I have enthusiastically taken part in charity work. Regularly participating in fundraising runs and embarking on an expedition to Tanzania, I have seen firsthand the transformative power of collective action. These experiences have taught me empathy and my commitment to managing animal welfare issues with my heart and dedication.

My dedication to my studies is further demonstrated by my participation in a Vetsim course, where I developed a particular interest in avian veterinary surgery. Immersed in a simulated veterinary environment, I honed my technical skills and deepened my understanding of avian health and treatment. This experience solidified my conviction to pursue a career in veterinary medicine, as it allowed me to witness the profound impact that veterinary care can have on the lives of animals and their owners.

My empathetic nature, excellent communication skills, and strong affinity for animal welfare issues have shaped me into a candidate ready to make a meaningful contribution to the field of veterinary medicine. Through the learning of genetics, a dedication to lifelong learning, and an unwavering dedication to the welfare of animals, I am confident in my ability to excel in the rigorous academic program of veterinary medicine. I look forward to the opportunity to contribute my knowledge and skills to animal health, ultimately making a positive impact.

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#1 Overview - The Veterinary Medicine Personal Statement

This guide has been created specifically for veterinary medicine applicants by a group of expert veterinary medicine admission specialists. Your Veterinary Personal Statement will be carefully analysed and critiqued by our Admissions Specialists who sit/have sat on Medical University Interview Panels, and you will receive tailored & bespoke feedback to improve your veterinary personal statement. Please read it carefully, and remember to ask us for help should you need anything!

The veterinary medicine personal statement is one of the most crucial aspects of your university application; it provides each candidate with the opportunity to impress and intrigue the university interview panel and stand out as a unique individual. Without an interesting veterinary personal statement, you will not be given an interview, and therefore no chance of successfully being offered a place at veterinary school. Remember to check the veterinary medicine personal statement examples that we have on the website, here you can find vet school personal statement examples that will help you build the perfect personal statement. Whilst each statement must be personal, as the name suggests, we have dedicated this section to decoding what universities are impressed and unimpressed by, how to stand out amongst thousands of applicants, and how to have the best chance of securing an interview.

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#2 Basics - The Veterinary Personal Statement

You are limited to 4000 characters and 47 lines of writing. This means your statement needs to be sharp, concise and engaging from the start.

Do NOT copy, steal or plagiarise any other veterinary medicine personal statement in any shape or form! This will likely result in an immediate rejection from the UCAS application.

Try to avoid opening your veterinary personal statement with cliché quotes or funny comments – you must bear in mind that the university board reading the statement may have a different taste or humour to you and may disapprove of your opening.

Veterinary Medicine Personal Statement Structure

There is no set structure to the vet school personal statement. Each individual should write in a style that is comfortable and familiar to them. However, we will cover the most common topics in further detail below. There is no particular order in which you need to include the content within your veterinary medicine statement, write your paragraphs in a flow that suits your style of writing. You may wish to base your structure loosely on the following:

Introduction : Why you want to study Veterinary Medicine

Middle bulk: Academics, extra-curricular, charity and volunteer work, work experience, wider reading and research (read on below for further elaboration on these topics)

Conclusion : Summary of what makes you a good candidate to study medicine - be honest here, remember that you will likely be asked to expand on parts of your personal statement at interview.

The veterinary medicine personal statement will require multiple drafts, revisions and edits. Do not be disheartened by changing your statement. The more people you show it to, the better: show your family, teachers, tutors and even us here! All the different views and opinions will only serve to strengthen your statement, whether you choose to follow them or not.

Try to avoid vague statements that could apply to all courses – this does not show your passion for Veterinary Medicine and would deter universities from selecting you. From years of experience, our recommendation is that you choose one course and apply specifically for that – if it ends up being Veterinary Medicine, then that’s fantastic!

#3 Structure - The Veterinary Medicine Personal Statement

#4 content - what to include in your vet school personal statement, #5 planning - how do i begin planning my vet personal statement, #6 opening & ending - how to open & end effectively, #7 mistakes - common veterinary personal statement mistakes, #8 examples - veterinary medicine personal statement examples, #9 example - vet school personal statement examples, #10 tips - tips from ex-interviewers on the vet personal statement.

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As a Goldfinch collided with my living room window. Everyone jumped but no one moved, only me. I gently placed the bird in a well ventilated, dark box to reduce stress. After a while the bird was ready to continue flying. The value of an animal's life was one of the most inspirational lessons I ever learnt as a child. All I have ever wanted to do since then is to ensure animals have the best chance at life. It was when I rescued a small frog from a chlorinated pool when I was on holiday, that my parents were convinced I would one day be a vet. What motivates me the most to be a Veterinarian, is that unlike humans, animals are unable to express a feeling of pain or distress. My interest in Veterinary Medicine continued to grow throughout my A-Level Biology course, as the more I learn about how certain diseases can affect the body, the more eager I am to discover the cure. I enjoy being able to associate ideas from the classroom to real situations. My first placement was at an Equine Clinic, as I was eager to understand Equine Medicine due to my long-term involvement with horses. I had the opportunity to be involved in different diagnosis and treatments including a gastroscopy of a horse that was admitted with Colic, during the procedure we discovered grade 3 Glandular mucosa on the stomach lining. By following up on patient cases, I developed an understanding of the capabilities and limits of Veterinary Medicine.

My placement at a small animal practice allowed me to develop my animal handling skills. This placement gave me an understanding that despite the efforts Veterinarians go to, sometimes euthanasia is the best option. I was given the opportunity to develop my communication skills by having challenging conversations discussing the options the owners had during consultations. This allowed me to instil a feeling of assurance, that we were there to support the decisions they made. During this period, I became more aware of the affinity between an owner and their animal. I demonstrated my ability to work on my own initiative and cope under pressure when complications emerged. This work experience placement was a very beneficial one, as I was able to spend time in the large animal department where I witnessed procedures such as removing tumours and administering antibiotics to treat mastitis.

In addition to Veterinary work experience, I became involved with my local RDA site, The Pegasus Centre, it provides a restorative riding program for the disabled. As a volunteer, I assisted in regular lessons that gave pupils the chance to work with horses. This gave me the opportunity to communicate with a range of different people, allowing me to be more confident when empathising with owners. Many of the horses used at The Pegasus Centre are rescues, some of which were too old for their previous owners to continue eventing. The Veterinarian that was treating the horses at the centre, taught me an invaluable lesson of the importance of veterinary medicine as, without it, this programme would not be available. A Volunteering Project to Sri Lanka helped me develop my time management skills as I had to contribute to fundraising the £17,000 cost whilst simultaneously doing my A-Levels. During my time there I worked at an 'Elephant Orphanage' and a 'Turtle Hatchery' as well as working with underprivileged people who live in the area. The main skill I developed whilst in Sri Lanka is maturity. I am a lot more empathetic which I believe is an appropriate skill to have.

I have completed two online courses 'Animal Behaviour and Welfare' and 'Do you have what it takes to be a Veterinarian?' Both of which have provided me with a greater understanding of some of the main welfare issues animals have to cope with. In addition to confirming that veterinary medicine is right for me, these courses have allowed me to supplement my studies in A Level Biology in order to understand key aspects of an animal's life, for example, Immunity.

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Having always been interested in animals, my fascination has only increased as my understanding of their biology has grown. Looking into the twin processes of evolution and selective breeding has allowed me to understand some of the genetic drawbacks that certain species face, such as ventricular septal defects in bulldogs, and has awoken a desire within me to apply this knowledge to diagnosis and treatment. Veterinary medicine offers an opportunity to combine this concern for animal welfare with an ever-changing, intellectually stimulating professional environment.

Convinced of my desire to study veterinary medicine I have concentrated my studies on science and maths, particularly excelling in Biology, demonstrating my natural affinity with the subject and laying an excellent foundation for study. Chemistry and Physics have rounded out my understanding of the sciences, while Maths has improved my ability to approach problems in a rational, measured manner. My overall performance at GCSE demonstrates my positive attitude to study and my willingness to work hard to succeed in all subjects.

In addition to my commitment to studying the relevant subjects and increase my knowledge, I have undertaken a range of work experience to further my awareness of what the job actually entails. Beginning with a 2-week placement, where I assisted with preparing work surfaces prior to surgery or consultations and holding dogs and cats during injections. It was particularly impressive to see that way in which the vet approached all situations calmly, utilising impressive interpersonal skills when dealing with owners. Observing and assisting with consultations and surgery at Fern Cottage Veterinary Surgery allowed me observe the differences between practicing in South Africa and practising in the UK, offering employment experience across an international context. At Sjeal Arabian Horse Stud Farm I learnt about the connected processes of husbandry and breeding, and a vet’s role within them, as well as worming horses and observing a farrier at work. By developing this knowledge at Eye Horn Farm Stables, where I gained experience of checking for soundness and laminitis in racehorses, I have gained a strong sense of equine treatment in particular. A week spent lambing at a local farm, where I learnt about the Bluetongue virus and the Culicoides midge, also introduced me to the basics of veterinary medicine within a farming context.

Outside of my academic interests I am a keen sportsman, applying the same dedication to training as I have to my studies and work experience. As a Silver Sports Ambassador, I am charged with promoting Olympic values and encouraging younger members of my community to get involved in sport. This is a particularly exciting opportunity for me to pass on my passion for rugby, having played for both Sheppey RFC and my school team for a number of years. I also enjoy combining my passion for sport with raising money for charity, regularly running in the Paul Trigwell Island Run. Perhaps my proudest achievement was forming part of an expedition to Tanzania, which included summiting Kilimanjaro and working to improve a local primary school. While also improving my teamwork and leadership skills, this expedition allowed me to experience a different culture and has instilled in me a love of travelling.

As a hardworking student , I have applied the same dedicated attitude to my studies as I have to gaining employment experience in my chosen field. Through work experience and attending a Vetsim course, where I developed a particular interest in avian veterinary surgery that I would be keen to develop later, I have gained a real sense of what working within the field entails and am convinced that, as an empathetic person with excellent communication skills and a strong affinity with animal welfare issues, I have what it takes to make a real contribution to veterinary medicine.

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Veterinary Personal Statement: Wider Reading

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In preparation for your Veterinary application, you may have been told that you need to do some “wider reading.” It can be difficult to know what to read, how much to read and how to approach writing about what you have read in your Veterinary Personal Statement. Within this article we aim to outline why reading books and engaging in projects, or societies will boost your Veterinary application.

Common Questions: Wider Readi n g

What do we mean by “wider reading”.

Wider reading involves going off to research or read about a topic that is not part of your national. It involves personal efforts to go and learn more about a topic that you may have particular interest in.

Why do I need to do wider reading?

Wider reading allows students to actively demonstrate an interest in Veterinary. Reading is an excellent way to explore your interest in science and the career. By reading you can build up an accurate representation of what being a Veterinary professional is really like. The point of showing that you have done wider reading is to show you have put the effort in to research a topic you’ve probably stumbled across and found interesting and wanted to learn more about

What are some examples of wider veterinary reading?

Examples of wider reading that you may include in your personal statement involve: 

  • Scientific journals (such as those found on pub med, google scholar etc) 
  • Magazine articles (be careful and only use official veterinary magazines eg In practice or Vet Record). 
  • Books (any veterinary anatomy books such as Dyce, Konig etc) or you may have other veterinary physiology books you can reference. 
  • Internet articles (be VERY careful about saying that you have read something on the internet without being sure it’s from an accredited source. You do not want to be referencing a Facebook comment)! 

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Help! I have not read any Veterinary books…

Wider reading is not essential for having a successful veterinary application. If you have not researched anything or done any wider reading, then do not panic. You do not need to start reading things just to say that you have done wider reading. Try not to stress about having to learn and teach yourself a whole topic just so you can include it in your Veterinary Personal statement. Do not be unkind to yourself by stressing trying to force learn something you do not really enjoy (because also if it comes up at interview this will show). The chances are, that if you have not done any wider reading, then you will likely have engaged with other academic hobbies and have academic achievements.

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Talking about your wider reading at Veterinary Interviews

It is fair game for the interviewers to quiz you about anything you have written about. During your veterinary MMI / panel interview admissions officers may ask you about your insights and opinions relating to the books or journals named. If you choose to mention wider reading in your Veterinary Personal Statement, make sure you’ve actually researched it properly. Interviewers are not superhuman and clearly won’t have read every piece of literature; despite this you never know what and interviewer has read or researched. Those interviewing you may have similar interests and be keen to engage in discussion on these topics.

When discussing your wider reading at your Veterinary interview our top tip is to stay calm and not panic. We reassure you that people often enjoy questions about their reading.  Approach them as casual and intellectual discussions.

Top Tips for Writing About Your Veterinary Wider Reading

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By taking on board our advice, you will be able to show that you have a genuine passion and interest in Veterinary. Being immersed into the world of Veterinary before you begin your training is key!

Don’t list too many examples of wider reading.

There is no set guidance for how many wider reading examples you should describe. Our general advice is to read as much as possible and make the most of all wider learning opportunities.  Immerse yourself in super-curricular activities because you have a passion for science and are excited to study Veterinary medicine. 

Include a variety of examples of wider reading.

Engaging in super-curricular activities does not just mean reading books relating to Veterinary Science. Any form of wider reading about a topic of interest should be mentioned. Any form of wider reading shows that you are proactive, keen and intellectual.

Show don’t tell.  

Aim not to just list what you have read in your Veterinary Personal Statement. Try to show excitement and passion. The following guidelines may give you some ideas of how to write about what you have read:

  • State what it is that you found interesting
  • State what you’ve read (i.e. where it’s from) – do not copy and paste the whole journal reference, but instead if you read something in a book (Dyce for example).
  • State what about that topic that interests you. State how this is going to impact you as a future vet/ what you have learnt from this. 
  • State what about that topic that interests you. 

Keep it brief.

Aim to write a sentence or two at most. Reflections on your wider reading should not make up the bulk of your Veterinary Personal Statement.  Most of your personal statement should be paragraphs about your work experience and motivation for veterinary. Try not to lose focus. If you are very passionate about a particular topic you may get easily carried away writing about it adding excessive detail. Try to remember that the person reading the statement may know nothing about the topic you are talking about, you do not want to cause confusion. Show your enthusiasm for the topic, but in short bursts. 

Structure your Veterinary Personal Statement appropriately

The best place to reference your wider reading is in the penultimate/ last paragraph of your Veterinary Personal Statement. Within this paragraph you should talk about your own achievements, and hobbies etc, and relate them back to how this will make you a good vet. 

Walkthrough: Example Wider Reading Reflections

When writing about wider reading you have done in your Veterinary Personal Statement you want to consider your writing style. Below are examples of good and excellent reflections. Before you read our comments see if you can spot the difference between them yourself.

Veterinary PS: Example 1 – GOOD

‘I particularly enjoyed reading about epigenetics from New Scientist magazine.’ 

This statement does have some merit. Name dropping “New Scientist” shows that the student has engaged with a reputable source. It indicates that the student has read higher level texts. However, this statement is very superficial. Admissions tutors may think that this student is simply ‘fact-dropping’. The student could improve by being more specific as seen below.

Veterinary PS: Example 2- EXCELLENT

‘My interest in epigenetics was sparked by my reading of New Scientist magazine, in particular, I find it fascinating how scientists are now using manipulation of epigenetics in veterinary to treat mammary cancers, in a process called epigenetic dysregulation. I look forward to learning more about this treatment in my time at vet school, and it has made me interested into where the future of veterinary medicine can be if this method is used to treat other diseases.’ 

This student is not just name dropping what they have read but they are discussing the content of their reading and contextualising it related to their application. Give it a go and  try to link how your reading is relevant to being a vet. 

Frequently Asked Question

→what is a veterinary personal statement.

A veterinary personal statement is a written document that is required as part of the application process for veterinary school. It allows applicants to showcase their qualifications, experience, and passion for the field of veterinary medicine.

→How do you mention a wider reading in a personal statement?

>State what it is that you found interesting >State what you’ve read (i.e. where it’s from) – do not copy and paste the whole journal reference, but instead if you read something in a book (Dyce for example). >State what about that topic that interests you. State how this is going to impact you as a future vet/ what you have learnt from this. >State what about that topic that interests you.

→What counts as wider reading?

Examples of wider reading that you may include in your personal statement involve: Scientific journals (such as those found on pub med, google scholar etc) Magazine articles (be careful and only use official veterinary magazines eg In practice or Vet Record). Books (any veterinary anatomy books such as Dyce, Konig etc) or you may have other veterinary physiology books you can reference. Internet articles (be VERY careful about saying that you have read something on the internet without being sure it’s from an accredited source. You do not want to be referencing a Facebook comment)!

→How can I incorporate my wider reading into my veterinary personal statement?

You can incorporate your wider reading into your veterinary personal statement by referencing specific texts, articles, or authors that have influenced your thinking and understanding of veterinary medicine. You can also discuss any experiences or opportunities that have allowed you to apply your wider reading in a practical setting.

→Can I get help with my veterinary personal statement?

Yes, there are many resources available to help you with your veterinary personal statement, such as academic advisors, writing tutors, and professional editing services. However, it is important to ensure that your personal statement reflects your own experiences, interests, and voice.

→Why is wider reading important for a veterinary personal statement?

Wider reading is important for a veterinary personal statement because it shows that the applicant has taken the time to research and educate themselves on the field of veterinary medicine beyond their academic studies. It also demonstrates a genuine interest and commitment to the profession.

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