Dreaming of becoming a vet? Unique new course at Hartpury could set you on path


A new course is being launched by Hartpury College to help young people on the path to becoming a vet.

With Hartpury currently working with a leading vet school to ensure that students on the new BTEC Extended Diploma Animal Science are offered a guaranteed interview to study veterinary medicine*, the new programme will prepare students to go on to study veterinary medicine and science at university.

It’s also a great option for anyone wanting to go on to study Bioveterinary Sciences, Animal Sciences, Animal Nutrition or for those wishing to go directly into an Animal Science-based job after they finish college.

And, with the option for young people to spend a year of their course working in the animal industry gaining invaluable work experience, the BTEC Diploma with a sandwich year option provides a unique opportunity that will boost student CVs.The course will also offer an opportunity for students to go on an international study tour abroad.

Grace Watkins, Head of Animal Management at Hartpury, said: “We’re really excited about launching this new course, which will be a fantastic addition to the wide range of Animal Management courses we already run at Hartpury.

“Everyone knows that the field of veterinary medicine is hugely competitive. By successfully completing this new Animal Science Diploma, young people applying to study veterinary medicine at university will stand out from the crowd thanks to the practical experience, knowledge and skills they will have gained on this unique course.

“We hope that they will also have a guaranteed interview at a leading vet school if they get the required grades, which is a huge incentive, and if they want to give an even bigger boost to their CV, we’ll support them to secure an exciting work placement for their second year.”

The equivalent of three A-levels, students can choose to complete the new BTEC Extended Diploma in Animal Science in two years full-time or three years with a sandwich year.

Students will gain practical handling experience with Hartpury’s extensive animal collection, including domestic and exotic species, farm animals and horses as they complete a Practical Skills Portfolio to support their application to vet school. They will also be given support to prepare for their Biomedical Admissions Test if they wish to go on to study veterinary medicine.

To find out more about the new course and book on to an open day at Hartpury, go to www.hartpury.ac.uk

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