The Truth About Pre-Vet
It’s coming to that time of year for the high school leavers where they find out what their future holds in terms of their education. Some will worked their butts off to try and get ensured entry into the veterinary course at their selected university. The sad reality is that many of those that have made this selection will not get in due to the ridiculously high score placed on the direct entry into vet. It’s a blow to the self-confidence just missing out on the required score and I say this from personal experience. However, getting into pre-vet isn’t all it’s cracked up to be sometimes and I have found that the way in which I entered the degree was probably the most beneficial for me.
The number of alternative pathways for the entry to veterinary science/medicine is what makes this course so great. Everyone has a different background. Some students have completed undergraduates, some are vet nurses, some are high school leavers and some even have kids (these people are incredible!). Each person has something different to offer whether it be life, academic or practical experience. The best thing is that the people that are there are there because they know what they are getting into and they love what the career has to offer, rather than just doing it because they are smart.
So while it may be easier getting in through pre-vet, it definitely isn’t the end of the world if you don’t. The truth is that no one remembers if you were pre-vet and no one judges you if you weren’t. As long as you get to where you want to be it really doesn’t matter the path you take to get there. If anything it builds character and makes you more prepared for the unavoidable, soul crushing situations that arise during your veterinary career.