Everything you need to know about becoming a vet

Decided you want to become a vet? Overwhelmed with information and don’t know where to start? We’re here to help! In this blog, our experienced team offers a snapshot overview of the basic steps to becoming a vet. 

Qualifications 

In order to become a vet there are certain qualifications you need to obtain. However, these entry requirements do vary from veterinary school to veterinary school.

If you’re going down the traditional education route then A levels are a must. Biology is usually non-negotiable here, while similar subjects such as additional science or maths are recommended. As discussed in our previous post, straight As aren’t always the be-all or end-all but aim high so that you can keep your options open when it comes down to applying 

Another option is to take an access to higher education course in veterinary science, but again, this depends on the requirements of the vet school you have your eye on. In most instances, the cost of these courses are usually covered by loans or sometimes completely free if the student goes on to do a degree in the veterinary field.

Some universities even offer a change in career programme so it might not be too late! In fact, a lot of veterinary schools are happy to accept you with an unrelated degree as long as you achieved a 2:1 or above. 

Desirable traits

In addition to the necessary qualifications, there are an abundance of soft skills needed to be a successful vet. These include:

    • Excellent communication skills: essential in any people-facing role, but particularly one which requires you to deliver bad news. Unfortunately, this is part of the job – along with sharing difficult diagnoses and making complex medical information accessible to service users. Concise written communication is also crucial to being a vet as you’ll be expected to write complex reports and emails.
    • Confidence: from leading teams, to making difficult decisions confidence is a must.
    • Ability to remain calm under pressure: obviously tasks such as emergency surgery aren’t exactly relaxing so it is important that you are able to remain focused on the task at hand even under immense pressure. 
    • Empathy: people’s pets are like family so it’s important to treat them as such and show your support in sensitive situations. 
    • Love for animals: this one is self-explanatory…

Registering with the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons 

In order to legally practise as a vet in the UK, you are obliged to register with the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS). The process is pretty straightforward – simply fill out the registration form and necessary documents. Following this you will need to pay a registration fee as well as attend an in-person meeting at the RCVS London office.

Find out more here

Applying for veterinary roles 

Congratulations, you’re ready to start applying for roles in the veterinary sector! Get in touch with our knowledgeable recruitment agents on 0203 9784 104 for personalised career advice or let us know what you’re looking for and we can help you land the perfect role. 

Alternatively, browse our current vacancies now to get the ball rolling!