How to become a veterinary surgeon
You will need GCSEs including maths, science and English with grades as required for entrance by the chosen University. You will need 3 A-Levels (or the equivalent) including biology and either chemistry, physics or maths at grades AAB or above (some vet schools request at least AAA).
You will need to attend at least 5 years of veterinary studies at one of the UK prestigious veterinary schools. You will need a lot of work experience with animals and in a veterinary environment because there are more veterinary students than there are places at vet school so you need to get out there and show them you’re committed!
You will need to be a decisive and confident person as you will be making decisions regarding patients on a daily basis.
For further information, visit the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons
How to become a veterinary nurse
You will need 5 GCSEs grades C or above including maths, science and English Language or have an equivalent qualification. You will need to attend a University or College course to gain a Diploma in Veterinary Nursing
You will usually need to find a work experience placement in a practice in order to attend your studies. Be aware, these are very difficult to find, and this may delay you starting any training. You will need a lot of work experience with animals and in a veterinary environment because there are more veterinary nursing students than there are practice placements so you need to get out there and show them you’re committed!
We have limited placements for Vet Students, School Students years 12 & 13 (and occasionally year 11), and Student Nurses. Vet Students have priority as this is an essential part of their training. School or college students who have/or likely to attain the required grades for their chosen career (and are in the relevant school years), should send their enquiries, introductory letters and CV’s by email to
We apologise to the many students that we have to turn away, as we are often overwhelmed by the sheer number of requests. We sincerely wish all those who apply, successful or not, the very best in attaining their goals in the future!