Attention current and future Veterinary Students!The AVA has just launched a new Facebook Stage which is run especially for students. You can keep up to date with the latest science and social events happening across all of the vet courses across the country and stay informed about exciting opportunities for students.
Check it out on Facebook!

Attention current and future Veterinary Students!

The AVA has just launched a new Facebook Stage which is run especially for students. You can keep up to date with the latest science and social events happening across all of the vet courses across the country and stay informed about exciting opportunities for students.

Check it out on Facebook!

Why I Eat Meat

Why I Eat Meat

The question of why I eat meat is one I am asked a LOT by my vegetarian and vegan friends. “If you love animals so much, why do you eat them?” is normally how it is phrased.

Firstly. I think that the term ‘I love animals’ can be taken literally, I like animals a lot, but in my case I can’t describe that as ‘love’. My definition of love is that you value [them/it] more highly than yourself. Sure,…

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Cross discipline learning

mylifeismedschool:

Learning about neonatal medicine. Sitting in a small lecture hall.

Classmate beside me was in vet school before medical school.

During the break he comes to me and states.
“this really reminds me of veterinary medicine, the patients are pretty much the same.”

Shocked, I asked him to explain.

"well the patients aren’t verbal, you talk to the "parents" a lot in getting the history, you need to confide trust very quickly, and you have to be careful with putting your fingers near their mouths."

I’m just going to take his word for it.

#MLIMS

I was thinking this just the other day! It’s probably a cross between paediatrics and intensive care…

How to write an incredibly convincing scholarship application so that people will give me money and I can go on lots of exciting veterinary-related adventures

oh wait, not google…

A message from alrights
hello! I'm a pre-vet student hoping to ultimately become an equine vet. I have to declare my bach major, what would you suggest vet schools like to see? I've heard anything from english to biology, and so I'm a bit lost. thanks so much, love the blog!

Every Vet school is different, and many will have pre-requisites. You should get in touch with the schools you are looking to apply to and find out what their requirements are.

To become a vet you need to be a scientist, so you will need to study science. As for which science, I’m not a fan of studying general biology - because after all, biology is just applied chemistry…
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Any science you need to understand to become a vet will be taught in the veterinary course itself, so in your pre-vet course its important to get an understanding of science. Whatever works best for you (keeping in mind pre-requisites) should be fine.

That all said. It is important to enjoy your years at university. Study things that you are interested in, things that make you want to go to class and keep you interested and engaged in the present. It’s no fun to be the person studying for something off in the future. Enjoy the here and now and the time will fly, plus you’ll get a better GPA if you enjoy your work. For example, I have a friend in Britain studying a subject entirely on Harry Potter!

Good Luck!

A message from Anonymous
What's your opinion on transferring from one course to veterinary?

I think it’s a perfectly valid way of getting into a veterinary degree. As I’ve said before, everybody’s journey is different, and no path is any more or less valid. Just because you don’t get the marks initially, it doesn’t mean that you don’t deserve a chance to follow your dreams. If anything, it means you had to work harder, and that should only be respected.

A message from Anonymous
Hi, i'm 3rd year BSc/ DVM 1 at unimelb and I love all my animal physiology/ veterinary microbiology units but I hate some of the units they make us do about production animal health which seem to focus on things like nutritional optimization of carcass weight, completely portraying animals as a commodity which I HATE as a vegan (you'd think there'd be more vegans at vet school since they all allegedly 'love animals' but nope) so, how much of the rest of vet school focusses on this sort of thing?

I’m probably not the best person to be talking to about this one - one of the main reasons I got into vet was so that I can use my knowledge to help people. A big factor of that is using my knowledge to help feed people, as I’ve talked about in my post ‘The Power of a Cow’. As vets we can do this by using scientific knowledge to make food and fibre production more efficient, but also use our unique position to work towards and advocate for animal welfare.

The good news for you however is that as you move through your course you will spend less time learning about that aspect of veterinary science, and more time moving into medicine and surgery. I’m sure you’ve realised that there’s only a limited time to cram in as much information as possible into a short course, and as you move into the more specialised portion of your degree that will only increase! 

My advice to you would be to learn as much as you can from all of the opportunities you have available to you. Sure, you are unlikely to work in the production industries, but in order to be an expert in the community (which as a vet you will be regarded as) you need to understand it as much as you can. for example, I am not remotely interested in orthopaedics, yet I need to understand it in order to help my patients and be the best veterinarian I can be. It’s the same for everything you approach in your studies. Knowledge is knowledge, regardless of your opinion of it.