Application

 Cambridge

 Clare

 Veterinary Medicine

 2002

 rejected

Applicant

 A-levels

 pre-qualification

 N/A

 N/A

 Comprehensive School

 yes (3 A*,9 A,1 B)

A-levels

(NA at AS; predicted A; gained NA at A2)

(NA at AS; predicted A; gained NA at A2)

(NA at AS; predicted B; gained NA at A2)

Other universities

yes

yes

Already have offer from Bristol for Vet Med

Decisions about the application

Reputation, english Vet School and nice area

Oxford didn’t do Vet med

Met a Fellow of the college and it was a nice size and position – Had some friends there

Preparation

no

Really you can’t do anything extra…just keep afloat of current issues and if you have mentioned a particular speciality on your UCAS form then know about it.

Interview

yes

The MVAT…I couldn’t really prepare…it’s a relatively new exam. I studied Bio and Chem to A level so thought it should be ok…Physics was ok but could have benefited from more GCSE revision…the essay questions are odd…e.g. why do plants not have brains!?

no

no

First I had a scientific interview in which I had to talk about proteins…and I had to draw comparisons between prion proteins and another which I had studied – I said the Huntington protein. I had to give a little presentation about DNA and that wasn’t too bad.
The second I had a panel of two…I went in with a suit and and a coat on…as soon as I went through the door I was told not to take my coat off – which I thought – oh god what has happened!?!?!? Apparently the heating had failed and they thought it was best I sat with my coat on – to which I couldnt actually believe the situation! I had questions on the horse, and the general why vet med, why clare etc etc but also…’If I were to stab you with a rusty instrument and treated you with treacle would I be mad?!’…draw your own conclusions!

a suit, felt better wearing one.

Impressions

Was really nice…and apparently the best 1st year accommodation in Cambridge.

I had a large room overlooking the car park – not soo nice..but the room had old furniture (typical of cam) – full of character, and it was clean and the showers etc were nice and new.

Good

One was nice – the other evil!

Really kind, normal individual who would go out of their way for you.

Final stage

I was in bed when it came…I had already received an offer from Bristol so didnt feel tooo bad – I kinda expected it…there were apparently 30 applicants for one place!

Looking back

mmmm….I’m not sure…I don’t think it was a bad thing to be rejected from one of the best universities in the country and world! and the other vet schools are just as good…some say better…but it is different in teaching style e.g the tutorial system and I think I would have liked the chance to develop my own ideas on concepts etc…and voice them.

Do what you feel is best…you dont want to be wondering whether you should have applied…maybe think about applying Post A Level…