Veterinary Medicine Personal Statement
Long, skinny arms, and strong shoulders - the most important requirements for a large animal vet! (According to a lecturer at Vet Six '06.) I couldn't have agreed more, as I thought back to my first attempt to relieve dystokia in a ewe in Feb '04. That week spent milking and lambing on a farm in Somerset, my first farm animal work experience, served to fuel my childhood ambition of practising veterinary medicine.
It began from a love of science from infant school onwards, and a lot of animal contact at home. My family has always owned dogs and horses; At 3 years old, I saw the whelping of 7 healthy puppies from my Bearded Collie. Since then I have seen another litter of puppies born at home and the foaling of our welsh mountain pony. Our collection has now risen to 8 dogs, 9 horses, 50 chickens, 7 ferrets and a cockatiel.
Owning my first pony from age 4, I enjoy training both my own horses and those bought to sell on for profit. I compete in several equine spheres, notably eventing, almost every weekend and have represented both my Pony Club and Riding Club up to national level. A member of the Pony Club and British Horse Society, I hold my PC 'B' test, and BHS Stages I, II and III, demonstrating a high level of proficiency. I am Team Captain of my WHSG Horse Riding Team, which was set up by myself a year ago.
Employment as a riding instructor since Dec '05 has given me first-hand experience of a commercial riding school. It demands a high level of responsibility, as I am in sole charge of around 10 children aged 5 to 13, and several junior members of staff. This job has furthered my 'people skills' - the doting, pushy parent can be one of the most difficult of people, standing me in good stead for problems faced in the consultation room!
As previously mentioned, I have shown aptitude for science very early on; upon leaving my primary school I was awarded the 'Science Trophy', indicating the most capable scientist in my year. In year 8 at high school I attained the highest marks of the year group in the science end of year exams, and I continue to put full effort into my study of all three science subjects at AS level.
My capabilities are not limited to scientific subjects; at GCSE I enjoyed the humanities and have always been politically minded, a basis for choosing Government and Politics at AS. I am an active member of the Conservative party, and took part in canvassing in the recent local elections. I am also a member of the Countryside Alliance as I support their ideologies, and my school's debating club. Another subject I have always enjoyed is Drama; I am a keen student within lessons and always show support for extra curricular dramatic events, becoming involved in several productions and the House Drama competition. Additionally I have a place on the 3 upcoming part-time courses run by the School of Physical Theatre. These subjects not only broaden my studies but also build character and the ability to speak confidently in front of people. I develop these skills in my role as Senior Prefect, the main support for the Deputy and Head Girl. Organisational skills and responsibility are furthered by my active membership of my local scout association - most recently on a 5 day hike around the peak district, for the Queen's Scout Award, of which I have completed all the 'challenge' sections.
Since March '05, I have attended Cherrydown Veterinary Practice weekly to see consultations and many types of surgery, from routine spays to a splenectomy and toe amputation. From this I have gained theoretical knowledge and hands-on experience, for example practising skin sutures on dead animals brought in for autopsy and on one occasion I performed the skin sutures after a routine bitch spay. My employment at a kennels and cattery, another week on a cattle farm in Essex in Aug '06, and 2 weeks work experience at Runningwell E.C. in April '04 I feel show my high level of dedication and capabilities for a career as a vet.
This personal statement got me an interview at 3 out of my four applications for veterinary medicine. I ended up with an ABB offer from the RVC and AAB offers from Nottingham and Liverpool. I didn't make any of my offers - despite being predicted 4 A's I didn't try anywhere near hard enough to pass my A-levels. I am currently studying veterinary science at the RVC and will be applying for vet med as a post-grad, provided I achieve at least a 2.1. I wrote this about 3 years ago and to me, some sections look immature, but it worked at the time!! My advice would be, don't ever ever stop working hard. I had been told that getting the offer was the hard part - its not. ALL OF IT IS HARD!!! good luck everyone applying xx