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Veterinary Science Summer School in Oxford

Veterinary Science Summer School in Oxford

Oxford Royale Academy’s expert teaching can guide you through the steps required to become a veterinarian, whether you’re still early on in your school career, or on the verge of university study.

Explore the world of Veterinary Science, and find out if it’s right for you

A fascinating area of medicine, Veterinary Science is a rewarding career path – but also a highly competitive one. For this reason, you’ll want to be sure that it’s the right subject and career choice for you before you commit yourself to what can be a challenging path.

With Oxford Royale Academy, you’ll find out what’s involved in the study and practice of Veterinary Science, while living and learning like a university student. What’s more, you’ll explore what’s required by a university application, from extra exams to work experience, and learn what you can do to boost your chances of being accepted by a school of veterinary medicine.

At the end of your time with us, you’ll have the confidence to know whether you should pursue a career as a veterinarian, and you’ll understand what you need to do to succeed if you conclude that it’s definitely the career for you.

Our Introduction to Veterinary Science course in Oxford

Our exciting course features a blend of theoretical study and animal anatomy, along with practical workshops, which allow you to build a base level of Veterinary Science knowledge.

These enjoyable and informative workshops introduce you to tasks you might learn as a future veterinary student, as well as offering a flavour of the jobs you might do one day if you pursue a career in veterinary medicine. You will also spend some time considering issues of ethics and animal welfare in veterinary practice.


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Get to grips with a challenging and competitive subject

During your time studying Veterinary Science with Oxford Royale Academy, you’ll gain a strong foundation of understanding of Veterinary Science, including animal biology, biochemistry, disease pathology and more.

Whether or not you’ve studied anything beyond standard school science classes before, by the time you leave us, you’ll have a much better understanding of the topics you’ll be tackling if you study Veterinary Science at university, to what extent they interest you, and in which areas you might need to focus your studies in order to be confident as a Veterinary Science undergraduate.


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Learn more about the practical aspects of life as a veterinarian

At our Veterinary Science summer school, you’ll try your hand at the practical skills required of a modern veterinarian. This valuable experience will help you to understand what the work of a veterinarian is like in practice, and whether you would be suited to this career.

What’s more, this engaging course gets you out of the classroom and offers the opportunity to learn hands-on skills as well as developing your theoretical knowledge; both are of equal importance to your future career as a veterinarian.

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Get support with your university applications

University applications for Veterinary Science are one of the most difficult parts of the path to becoming a veterinarian – there are far fewer places than prospective students applying for them.

To be accepted by a British veterinary school, you’ll need to have a brilliant personal statement, evidence of work experience, strong references, additional assessments (varying depending on the university) and a good performance at interview.

Your expert teachers at Oxford Royale Academy can talk you through this process, explain what will be required at each stage, and how you can maximise your efforts to give you the best possible chance of being accepted to study Veterinary Science at university.

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Delve into ethical issues and debates for veterinarians

A vital part of a university interview for Veterinary Science is the discussion of ethics, just as medical ethics are discussed by prospective medical students.

Unless your answers are truly outrageous, you won’t be judged on what you say, but instead on how you defend your point of view. As a veterinarian of the future, you might be faced with difficult ethical decisions, such as when to put down a beloved pet, and your university admissions tutors will want to know that you have the ability to think these questions through.

At Oxford Royale Academy, you’ll engage with ethical questions through discussion and debate, developing your ability to think analytically and support your argument with solid reasoning.

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Explore possible future careers as a veterinarian

Being a veterinarian is a career that can be much more varied than most students imagine. As a veterinarian of the future, you could be working in general practice, looking after farm animals, carrying out research in a lab and more besides.

For the classic general practice veterinarian, your job could involve business skills and management alongside caring for and treating animals. Your studies with us can help you explore the careers that studying Veterinary Science could unlock for you, and understand whether one of them is right for you.


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The counsellors were extremely friendly and were always keen to join in with the activities. Their approachable manner meant that if anyone ever did have a problem, they always had someone to confide in.

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