Non Academic Requirements

Find out about non academic requirements for the 5 year programme.

Work Experience

We do not ask for specific types or number of days/weeks for work experience as it depends, to some extent, on the opportunities available to individual candidates. However, the broader the experience, the better, but you should not gain experience to the detriment of your academic studies. You should however gain both veterinary practice and animal work experience.

You should gain as much and as varied practical work experience as possible, which could include time spent:

  • Seeing veterinary practice, both large and small animal if possible
  • Livestock farms - dairy and lambing are particularly useful
  • Other animal establishments, such as zoos, kennels, catteries, wildlife centres, pig farms, poultry farms and stables
  • A day at an abattoir is recommended but not demanded
  • We encourage experience gained in veterinary or medical laboratories to help you appreciate the scientific basis of veterinary medicine

Please note: the above are suggestions and ideas for work experience. This is not a checklist and achieving all these placements is not a requirement.

Applicants should provide detailed information on their practical experience (number of days/week spent and species worked with) in the appropriate section of their UCAS or VMCAS (North American graduates only) application. Candidates should be aware that the selectors can only take into account work already undertaken and not work planned. Applicants may receive an offer conditional on gaining further specified work experience.

Work Experience Summary (WES) - UCAS Candidates Only

All candidates applying via UCAS are required to complete and return a Work Experience Summary (WES) prior to the deadline of 22 October. Further details about the WES is available under How to Apply, but the link directly to the WES is available here:

Work Experience Summary

Please note that UCAS applications submitted without a WES will be considered incomplete.

Non-academic achievements and interests

Your personal statement and references give us an idea of your skills, achievements and motivation, which are important factors in scoring your application.

  • Social involvement
  • School responsibilities
  • Leadership
  • Organisational abilities
  • Interests and hobbies
  • Cultural, sporting, musical, vocational and voluntary achievements