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How to Become a Vet


Working with animals can be a dream for many people, and one way in which you can achieve this, to become a vet.

In the UK there are over 29,000 veterinary positions, with vets earning an average salary of £47,000 a year!

You might now be wondering how you can become a vet… we’ll tell you how.

In order to become a vet, you will need to complete a veterinary degree approved by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS).

Entry to these courses is highly competitive, so it is important that you stand out from the crowd, with great results and relevant work experience. Here are some of the options that you can take, to progress onto an approved degree.

Animal Management

Animal Management is perfect for animal lovers who want to develop their animal care skills to work in the industry.

Animal Management courses offer a balance of practical work and theory, that will provide you with the opportunity to work with a wide variety of animals. You will gain detailed academic knowledge and understanding of all aspects of animal science, management, behaviour and husbandry through theory-based and practical sessions.

You will also have the opportunity to gain valuable work experience, working with a local organisation to build your knowledge and practical skills.

Click here to view our Animal Management courses.

A Levels

A Levels are the most common route to university. They offer a more academic route, but thanks to our Career Excellence Hub, you will have unrivalled access to employers, where you can gain work experience, attend masterclasses and hear from industry insiders.

The subjects that universities will want you to study varies, but typically the science-related subjects are required.

Click here to view our A Level courses.

Access to Higher Education

Access to Higher Education (HE) is a great way for people over the age of 19 to gain the qualifications needed to progress on to a degree.

At Weston College, we offer an Access to HE Diploma in Animal Science, which is taught flexibly over 10 hours, per week.

The course is a great way to gain the qualifications needed for university and covers a wide range of topics, such as: zoo enclosure management, behaviour, exotic animal husbandry, vet nursing, welfare, conservation, behaviour, biology, chemistry.

All learners receive tutorial sessions and also complete independent study units in study skills sessions.

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If you'd like to find out more about a career in animal management, come along to one of our open evenings and chat to the team, they will be more than happy to help!

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