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Veterinary Science Apprenticeships


Whilst veterinary surgeons need years of university training, there are many veterinary science apprenticeships available that don't require so many years of study. Passion for animals and calm under pressure? You've come to the right place...

How to get a Veterinary Apprenticeship - Career Advice
How much can I earn as a Veterinary Apprentice?
Veterinary science is an expensive degree to take, but the salary you earn afterwards is likely to make up for it. Starting salaries for newly qualified vets are between £22,000 and £30,000, depending on your experience and expertise. Vets with a few years’ experience may earn up to £40,000, whilst senior vets could earn as much as £60,000.
What qualifications do I need to be a Veterinary Apprentice?
If you want to go on to become a fully qualified vet you will need to complete a veterinary degree. Typically lasting five years plus work experience, a veterinary degree will also allow you to specialise in certain fields such as exotic species. You'll need at least three A-Levels at grade A or higher for this, including ones in Chemistry and Biology. Your degree should be accredited by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) to ensure that you’re registered to practice as a vet afterwards. There are currently eight institutions that offer an accredited veterinary degree:
  • Royal Veterinary College (RVC) ( London)
  • University of Bristol
  • University of Cambridge
  • University of Edinburgh
  • University of Glasgow
  • University of Liverpool
  • University of Nottingham
  • University of Surrey
Assessment on veterinary degrees is generally through coursework, practical assessments, exams and end of degree final exams. Work experience is vital, and you will find yourself on a number of placements throughout your studies. To progress to a veterinary science degree at university each institution will have different requirements but many will ask for work experience and high A-levels in the sciences as a basis.
What skills do I need to be a Veterinary Apprentice?
Working as a vet requires a surplus of technical skills and on-the-job knowledge. Long hours are expected, and you can often be on call at all hours of the day – animals don’t respect your alarm clock when they get ill! It’s important to be able to work effectively as part of a team, and good communication skills are essential as you will often be dealing with distressed animal owners.
  • Communication skills
  • Technical veterinary knowledge
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Teamworking
  • Awareness of industry health and safety practices
You can expect to be continuously learning throughout your veterinary career, as new techniques, drugs and illnesses are discovered and studied – so you’ll need to be fully committed to the role you’ve chosen.
What experience do I need to get a job in Veterinary Apprenticeship?
Work experience is absolutely required if you are going to be accepted onto a veterinary degree. Universities receive far more applications for veterinary courses than they can offer, and it’s those who have demonstrated their commitment the most that will get a place. To give yourself the best chance possible, you need to take on some voluntary work with animals – probably once a week – as soon as you can. Places you could volunteer include:
  • Stables
  • Kennels
  • Animal rescue centres
  • Veterinary surgeries