• University of Nottingham

Virtual Work Experience and Exploring the Veterinary Profession

Learn what it takes to become a vet and explore the challenges of the vet profession to decide if it's the right career for you.

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Virtual Work Experience and Exploring the Veterinary Profession
  • Duration2 weeks
  • Weekly study3 hours
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Get virtual vet work experience before embarking on a veterinary degree

The COVID-19 pandemic means that many potential vet students cannot undertake animal handling work experience.

On this course, you’ll get insight into the reality of life as a vet so that you can make an informed decision before embarking on a veterinary degree course.

You’ll learn about the structure of veterinary practice and the different governing bodies, as well as discover the day to day challenges a vet might face.

You’ll also explore the different roles available outside of general practice and find out the great opportunities such a degree can bring.


  • Week 1

    Introduction to the veterinary profession

    • Course Introduction

      An introduction about the course, the objectives and completion

    • Introduction to the profession

      In this activity we will introduce you to veterinary profession.

    • Where and how vets work

      Discover the diversity of roles a veterinary qualification can take you

    • Review and Sumarise

      Here you will find a summary of the week's learning and a discussion on your thoughts so far

  • Week 2

    The wider team, expectations and what it is really like being a vet

    • The Roles of the Wider Veterinary Team

      Discover more about the roles and responsibilities of the wider veterinary team in practice

    • Para-Professionals

      Discover more about para-professionals in the wider veterinary team

    • Regulation and expectations

      Discover more about the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons and how the veterinary profression is regulated

    • What is it really like being a vet?

      What is it really like being a vet?

    • Work Experience and Reflection

      What lessons have you learned from your experiences?

    • Course Completion

      You have now completed the course!

When would you like to start?

Start straight away and learn at your own pace. If the course hasn’t started yet you’ll see the future date listed below.

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What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Explore the history of the veterinary profession
  • Summarise the organisation of the veterinary profession
  • Describe how to become a veterinary surgeon, what it involves and the time it takes
  • Discuss the roles of the wider veterinary team
  • Identify important skills and qualities required and provide examples of why these are important
  • Investigate current and future challenges in veterinary medicine and science
  • Apply work experience reflection to future placements
  • Model levels of care and service accreditation

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for students considering a degree in veterinary medicine and science.

The course will also benefit anyone considering a role within the wider veterinary team.

Who will you learn with?

I’m Gary England, Foundation Dean for the Unviersity of Nottingham, School of Veterinary Medicine and Science

Who developed the course?

The University of Nottingham

The University of Nottingham is committed to providing a truly international education, inspiring students with world-leading research and benefitting communities all around the world.

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