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As any veterinary science graduates will tell you, working with animals is one of the happiest jobs you can have. Whether your passion is zoo animals, wild animals or household pets, there's a hugely rewarding career path waiting for you - look through the graduate veterinary science jobs pages on TheBigChoice to start your search.

LOOKING FOR a Veterinary Surgeon CAREER?
How much can I earn as a Vet?
Veterinary science is an expensive degree to take, but the salary you can earn as a veterinary surgeon is likely to make up for it. Further training courses you take can also allow you to specialise in certain fields. A veterinary surgeon can expect to start their career on around £31,000, moving up to between £41,000 and £44,000 with a few years’ experience. Senior vets may earn up to £69,000.
What qualifications do I need to be a Vet?
If you want a career in veterinary science, it is vital that you have a veterinary degree, which typically lasts five years plus work experience. A veterinary degree will also allow you to specialise in certain fields such as exotic species. 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. Entry requirements will vary between different institutions, but you will almost certainly need very good A-levels in science subjects and have demonstrated a strong interest in and aptitude for working with animals in order to be considered for a place. Tuition fees are also likely to vary between different institutions, so check with the universities that you’re applying to.
What skills do I need to be a Vet?
Working as a vet means have a surplus of technical skills and on-the-job knowledge. Long hours are a given in the industry, and you can often be on call at all hours of the day. 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 come up.
What experience do I need to get a job in Veterinary?
To be considered for a veterinary degree or a role afterwards, it is essential that you can demonstrate your dedication to the job. This means giving a large number of hours to volunteering with animals, whether that is in a vet’s surgery, an animal shelter or kennel – or anywhere else that you can get some extensive hands-on experience with animals.