Q:Hey! I'm in the US doing pre-vet studies and in regards to the last question you answered, pre-vet isn't an actual major per se, but an academic track within another major. I know this is true for my university and I believe it is true for others as well. For example, I am majoring in zoology which has three specific tracks: pre-med, pre-vet, and general zoology. So you could major in biology and as long as you get the prerequisites done for vet admissions, you'll be good. :)
Thanks so much!
Q:I'm currently a junior in high school and I was wondering if it would be smart to major in biology and minor in pre vet bc I want to be a veterinarian but if I decide in a later future to move on then that major under biology will give me more options..
Our structure at my university is a little different to the US, can any of my followers share an opinion on this?
Q:As a vet student, what do you find is the best way to study/make notes? Do you re write/type the lecture content to condense all the pages of material in to a more manageable sized document? Or do you study using the large number of pages/slides from lectures with added annotations ? I'm trying to find an effective study method and was hoping you could shed some light on your experience. I prefer the first method but it is very time consuming. Any study tips would be great
Ah yes, the century long dilemma on how to study in vet school, it is a toughy and one that I am still trying to figure out myself!
Currently I hand write all my notes as I find I retain the information better as opposed to typing. It is a little more time consuming though.
So during the lectures, I will have the powerpoint slides printed out and I annotate them during the lecture. That day/night or the next day I will write my notes based on the annotations I made, the lecture content, any extra readings assigned etc. This is really, really time consuming. My notes are quite extensive and go into depth as I find the more I understand the nitty gritty details of a topic, the better I retain it. I try and base my lecture notes on the Learning Objectives supplied by the lecturers but sometimes it feels as though everything they say is important! When writing notes though, a good rule of thumb is not to write something down unless you completely understand it. There is no point passively writing out notes when you have no idea what they mean. They will be useless to you later on.
For pharmacology I am using a flashcard system/app called Anki. It is super helpful and it is portable too. So if you have an iPhone, iPad, Android phone/tablet it is really good for studying on the go.
Around exam time I create big mind maps using A3 pieces of paper and use the Learning Objectives as exam type questions to help me study. A professor suggested to me in first year to write my own exam questions on what I think the examiner will ask me, after studying a lecture and creating a document full of them to go back to and do during exams. I also suggest going back to what you learnt earlier on in the semester frequently so you don’t forget it!
I hope that helps!
Q:Hi there! :) I'm currently a Year 11 student in Perth at the moment. I have always wanted to be a vet and was looking at the prerequisites for the course at Murdoch. It said Year 12 level Chemistry. I am doing Maths 3AB, 2AB Biology, English, Religion, Geography and Visual Arts right now - if I meet the ATAR 97.05 requirement at the end of Year 12 will I still be able to do vet science or will I be disregarded because I haven't completed Chem?
If the course remains how it is now, no that won’t matter at all. For my year, those that got into vet straight out of high school that didn’t do chem just did a chemistry bridging course in their first year. As I am sure you know, you must complete a year of general tertiary science before commencing the vet course, regardless of if you got straight in out of high school or not.
Another thing, it is no big deal if you don’t get in straight out of high school. I didn’t (my ATAR was 95.2) and all it meant was a year extra of hard work to get in. For some people it may take a little longer than just one year.
Good luck and I wish you all the best! I am more than happy to answer any questions that you may have about the degree! Just be aware that it is undergoing so changes to the structure so what applied to me may not apply to you! I can always guide you in the right direction as to who to ask for advice etc.
Q:Hey, Im a student at our towns local vet clinic and i get to do a lot there, one of those things includes getting to assist in surgeries. One vet always asks me to assist or even calls me at home if she needs someone to assist but i have realized that every time i assist i get really anxious, I don't know if you have assisted in a surgery yet but if you have, did you feel like this? And if so, did you have any special ways of dealing with it? Thanks :)
I am the complete same as you here. I get super anxious too! My boss has let me assist a couple of times at work with some awesome surgeries! But I often get incredibly anxious towards the lead up and especially when I’m scrubbing in. It is a combination of “oh my god what if i stuff up?”, “what if I damage an organ?”, “what if the animal dies and it’s my fault?” etc etc. And I think these are reasonable thoughts to have for someone who is a student and is just learning the whole surgery thing. But the whole idea of surgery is soooo incredibly exciting.
Generally if I have some notice as to when I will be assisting, I will do some research on the surgery being performed so I know what to expect, and to learn what is normal and abnormal. I also like to research possible complications as well. It helps me understand more. For me, the more I understand something, the better I am at coping with the nerves and anxiety.
If I don’t have notice and my boss calls me in to assist him, adrenaline usually takes over. I am still nervous, but am also super excited more than anything. I just listen to his instructions super carefully and ask if I think I am doing something wrong. Communication is super important as you probably already know!
I hope that some what helps!
Try to embrace the experience that you are offered as much as you can, even if you are nervous or anxious!
Q:How many years do you have left of your degree and what's been your favourite memory from this year so far?
I have 3 years left of my degree (completed 3 years so far; 1 year animal science/pre-vet, 2 years vet).
And since semester has literally just started last week I don’t have a favorite memory so far! But first week back was pretty awesome. Have a couple heavy units this semester that are super interesting but have a lot of content. Was great to see so many first years as well! Can’t believe I was in their shoes back in 2012!
I will most definitely be posting my fave memories and hilarious adventures of vet school here as per usual, so watch this space!
Q:Hi Liv, I am currently in year 11 at high school and really want to study vet science when I finish year 12. I haven't done that much work experience and I feel that my time is running out to do any! Is work experience a really important thing to have when applying for vet science? Thanks heaps!
Good on you for choosing such an awesome career path to pursue!
It depends a lot on the university that you applying to! A lot of the universities degree structures are changing at the moment as well.
When I first applied, you could get in straight out of high school just based on your ATAR, so work experience isn’t factored in. I didn’t get in that way, so I did a year on Animal Science and transferred in after a year. Work experience is quite important if you are aiming to get in this way. Then again, Melbourne University, which is post-grad, doesn’t take work experience largely into consideration at all. So it really does depend on where you are applying!
It is always awesome to start early. So if you can, and have the time in your holidays, I would send out some emails, call or visit some vet clinics and ask if you can come in and shadow a vet for the few weeks you have off between each term. That is what I started doing when I was 15. Insurance can be a bit of a hassle, so ask your high school if you can be covered under them (that is what I did).
Good Luck and I am more than happy to answer any more questions that you may have!
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For the particular suture set I got, it was around USD$50 plus shipping. Given that you pay around $30 per single pack of suture material here in Australia (obviously for the unexpired stuff), it is a bargain! It is a lot harder to track down expired stuff here as well. Can only really get it from clinics etc
Q:Hi, I was wondering how many students are typically found in classes for VET2## and VET3## units? I imagine they'd be relatively small compared to Pre-vet? (Good luck with your classes, btw!)
Well the vet classes make up each year group.
So I have roughly 90 in my year, give or take. So thats how many per class. This number fluctuates a bit each year with people dropping out or gaining people who may have failed units from the year above.
Compared to pre-vet it is a lot smaller yes :)
And thank you! I will need the luck for this semester!
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Dear vet school,
Please, please be ever so kind to me this semester.
From a nervously excited vet student.
Loki the wonder sphynx!
Q:Hi! I'm going to be starting first year vet in Murdoch Uni this year and I'm reallyyyyy excited but also scared at the same time. Do you have any tips or things to lookout for this year? Are the textbooks necessary or are the lecture notes/lecture slides sufficient, since they cost a bomb? Also, how would you compare the amount of workload and study between first year vet and pre-vet (animal science)? Thanks!!
Congradulations!!!!!! I am so glad you are super excited! It can be super daunting, but it’s more fun than anything :)
Get the first year textbooks for sure. The ones for Anatomy and Physiology are a must (can’t remember if there is one for biochem or not, don’t get that one though). You can get books cheaper from thebookdepository.com! Also check out abebooks.com for secondhand books. There is a facebook page that is an online veterinary library where people post links to downloads of textbooks :) Also, the vet library has all the textbooks there in reserve.
Work load is increased dramatically. You will do almost double the work and your grades may drop dramatically. The reason they require you to get such high grades if you are transferring in, is so that they know you will pass doing the vet workload.
Good luck and if you see me around campus don’t be afraid to come say hi!