I Want To Be A Vet. What GCSEs Do I Need To Take?

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Olivia Bl Profile
Olivia Bl answered
I'm 13 and I hope to take:

Chemistry
Biology
Physics
Maths
English
English lit.
Latin
Geography
I.C.T

And maybe Art, History and French. I already have extra tuition in all Sciences, Maths and English

To become a veterinarian you MUST have Triple Science and Maths, but Latin and I.C.T are useful too.

I also want to take maths and triple science when I get round to doing A levels, which you also MUST have to become a vet. I'd also like to do a degree in zoology although it isn't necessary.

My parents are also looking in to work experience for me at a local animal shelter and when I'm older, at a Vet practice or working farm.

I am certain, with this knowledge and experience, even someone who hated animals would make a passable veterinarian. I love animals and know a lot about their care anyway, so I hope that one day I will become a vet.

It annoys me, that a lot of people my age, who are average at all subjects want to be vets. The majority of them just find the thought of little rabbits and cute kittens and puppies so appealing that they don't even look into the actual things that make up the main part of being a veterinarian (which includes long shifts, repetitive work and having to have good social skills) . I am not one of these. If I later decide not to be a vet, I would also like to be a Dentist or a Surgeon.

Olivia. X
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Anonymous answered
You need at least 5 A-C Gcse grades; english, maths and the 3 sciences. However it is better for you of course to get higher grades,there is a lot of competition. Don't worry about the gcse grades too much however, they mainly look at your Alevels
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I have wanted to be a vet since I remember I am 14 and took my GCSE options last year and I am now in yr 10. I took advice from my school and a local veterinary university. They told me to take triple science but said the rest was up to me. The school said the same.
At my school we have to take maths, english, english lit, functional it, pr and a few more:) the veterinary university said to take a range of subjects.
Taking it all into consideration I took:
Triple Science
History
Drama
Art
spanish
and of course what my school say we have to do english and maths, etc, etc... I hope this will help some of you I found it difficult choosing my options, but now really enjoy what I have taken. Also if you want to become a vet get your head down and work as hard as you can and when it comes to revision do it lol!!!!! :)
hope I can help
Ashleigh x x x
Annie Lewis Profile
Annie Lewis answered
The best thing to do is to do either 3 sciences (biology, chemistry & physics) at A-level, or do 2 sciences and preferably maths. Some universities do accept people with 2 sciences and another subject e.g history, but you'd have to get top grades to be a vet in all these subjects.
Hope that helps! :)
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Arun Raj answered
Veterinary degrees are offered through out the United Kingdom. To become a vet you need to go to college after your GCSEs and take certain subjects. You should then study Veterinary Medicine at the university, which can take five years.

Most universities deem it important for the applicant to have at least a C grade pass in Science, Maths and English language. It is important to pass with A-grades at GCSE. When A-level Physics or Biology is not offered, you must have good passing marks in that subject at GCSE level. To practice in the UK, the vet surgeons must be registered with the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons.

Anyone aspiring for a career as a Veterinary Nurse should have 5 GCSE's including English language, a science, and maths at C or above. It is better to take a range of subjects at GCSE and aspire for 5As including in Science, and at least a B in Maths and English
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I'm 15, currently at doing GCSE predicted a's and a*'s at this , and my chemistry teacher has told me that unless you have 5*'s then it'll be tough getting in , as there is so much competition that the univerities just go straight to the top achievers , and even if you get all A at A level they will still look at your GCSE's .
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Anonymous answered
I'm 14 years old,and I would love to become a vet, but I've never actually known what subjects to take. I take all the core subjects that everyone has suggested, but when it came to choosing my options, I didn't know what to pick. In the end I took Horse Care, where I work with horses 2 days a week, looking after them and riding them. Will Horse Care be any use to me if I want to train to be a vet?
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I'm just finishing off my GCSE's now and I'm also predicted all A's in everything. I have wanted to be a vet since I was like 5 years old. But your grades at A Level are the most important for getting into university. I have just been looking around at what you need to get into certain universities. If you want to go to Cambridge you need A*AA but in others you need AAB.. You need A Level Biology and Chemistry and then either an AS Level in Physics or Maths but Maths defo has be in there somewhere. You do not need english ; and physics is not a defo requirement but it'll help coz its science. But if you get really gud grades at A Level you'll be fine as they don't look at GCSE quite as much (: Xxx
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Anonymous answered
I have wanted to be a vet since I was little too.
And this has really helped, So thankyou,
I am 13 nearly 14, what would you recommend me to take for year 10, and how can I get better at these test?
Just revise?
Just say if someone got Maths- C, Science- C, English- C,
Would you still get the chance of being a vet?
Thankyou x
Quentin Sasq Profile
Quentin Sasq answered
Get as many as you can. You will need to go to 6th form/college afterwards and then apply for a degree course which lasts 3 years initially - & then a following 3 or 4 if you want the higher position. The fees for this degree are extremely high. Good luck.
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Anonymous answered
I am 13 and I have wanted to be a vet since I was 4 ,,,
I was wondering can I still become a vet even if I get c's or do you have to get all a's ???
Also I was told you have to take an english gcse aswell ,,,, is that true ???
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I am just going to pick my GCSE's and I need to know which one's I need to pick! Please help me!
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I just wanted to no because I'm taking my options if you can become a vet with 2 sciences not 3
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Hi I'm just wondering of what job I want to take when I am older I am thinking of being a vet I'm only 13 but I'm really serious and I'm certain I want to do this so if any of you now anything please comment!!!!
I need help!!!!
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I have really wanted to be a vet since I was 6 and I am now 14. I am about to choose my options but we haven't got much choice in what we do. Do I really need triple science to be a vet??? X
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Minnie Hyland answered
Triple science is not absolutely necessary but is strongly advised if you have high level 6 or levels 7's in science (UK). Only choose triple if you are really passionate about science. Remember getting two A* is better than three B's.
Hope this was useful
Minnie
x
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To be a vet would you take:
Triple science,
I.C.T,
French and
Drama?
Please give me some advice on what to take as my options.
Thanks  liljockey
Anonymous Profile
Anonymous answered
English is core .. So Yeaah it is true... And I reckon taking the three sciences is the best thing to do :)
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I want to be a vet as well, but is triple science needed? Science is my favourite subject anyway. So do you think if I don't get offered triple science I should ask if there is a possibilty of me doing it?
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Hi I'm thinking about becoming a vet I realy want to help others an I espeshly want to help endangerd animals sop my question is what qualifications do I need
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Mary Frederick answered
In researching qualifications for admission to Veterinary Schools, it seems high grades in all of the Compulsory Subjects is needed to reach your goal. Among the uncommon subjects, a Latin course would help since Latin terms are used in the study of medicine. It would be a good idea to talk with a local Veterinarian he/she can advise you.

The requirements, which are necessary today, may be different by the time, you are ready to apply for Veterianary School, but here are some of them: 2 Sciences including Biology and Chemistry A levels are the recommended sciences. GCSE Maths, English, Physics or Dual Science, which includes physics. Your GCSE grade must C or above, the higher the grades, year to year, the better your chances. Some require the UK CAT a Clinical Aptitude test.

Three single awards in GCSE Biology, Chemistry, Physics, or Mathematics or a double award, which includes Chemistry.
thanked the writer.
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im only 14 and i have wanted to be a vet since i was 6 and i have had dreams of operating on animals and i thought i would never make a vet because of my school record and my behavior and then i got into a fight and i thought about it and spoke to my mum about my future and i am positive about being a vet and so i have to choose my options in about 3 weeks and so i looked on Internet about veterinary and i found this site an i think it is very helpful and now i have decided what i am taking for my GCSEs and now hopefully i will be a vet and operate on animals because this site has rally helped me and so whoever made this advice is rally smart and helpful so thank you very much
i have learnt that if you want to do something you have got to get your head down and work hard instead of messing about and fighting and aging and going on msn and things because that will never help you be what you want to be if you want to do something dont mess about because it is your future online because i am definitely sure i dont want to work in mcdonalds or on the dole because that's what life is about its about achieving things and having fun while achieving. i have learned that if you put your mind to whatever you want to do you can do anything

thank you
Melissa weir
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To the Dude's Reading,
i never wanted to be a vet this much till now. Everyone used to tell me i have got somthing special with animals, for instant a vicious dog owned by my neigbour got loose and bit like all the people it could and then it got to me, and let me stroke it and take it back home. And lots more. I am not the type of guy who looks interested in pets as i love heavy metal music but i am.
You have mad me a lot calmer and i thank you a LOT!!!
Olivia Bl
Olivia Bl commented
Melissa Weir:

When applying at a veterinary collage they look at your personality too. Not just your qualifications. Someone who is shy, and quiet would not go down well, just as someone who was load, over confident and had a bad record in behaviour at school wouldn't.

It also helps if you talk in proper English and include punctuation in your writing.

I doubt you are they type of person a veterinary collage would be looking for.
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Ive always wanted to be a very since forever, and I'm 14 now.
Ive just chose my options for yr 10.
I really want to follow my dream and become a vet, but I don't I will get good grades.
I always revise for exams and concentrate in classes and try learn things, but I always do bad in tests, and I have a GCSE module coming up! ;S
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Hi
I just want to know whether you have to take maths for definite because I'm really not the brightest spark at it, also are your GCSEs and A levels are hard. What outside of school experience do you need? Like would taking part in the Duke of Edinburgh award thingy be any help? Do you have to have been a vet assistant, work at any shelters, on farms.....?
Please help
M.A x
p.s and are A * really really mega important
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Hi!! I'm 14 and am making my GCSE choices in a week I have to take RE, english.lit, maths and english. I've also wanted to be a vet all my life but I'm just wondering is it better to have additional maths and is it better to do triple award or double award science??? Xx
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I love animals and I want to become a vet and I don't know what I need to do to become a vet I need help can one of the vets online help me become a veterinarian in canada I love animals and I want to become a vet in Canada so please help me and also tell me what do I need to do from now until graduation to become a vet.
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Aisha answered
A Veterniary Surgeon is a surgeon for Animals and just like a normal surgeon, he has to complete a specific degree. You need to complete your GCSE with Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Then you take admission in a Veterinary School. The choice of a good Veterinary school depends on the grades you get so the try for the best grades. It takes 5 years to complete the degree. Then you have to specialize in animal surgery to become a Veterinary Surgeon.
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Well you need straight A's to get a definate place in a good collage like Royal Veterinary Collage (R V C)or 2 A's and 1 B because the main subjects needed are biology and chemistry and one subject of your choice preferably maths or english

p.s. All of this has been answered by an 11 year old girl but don't worry I go on the definate website all the time so it is all right what I said bye x x
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In Physics, Biology and Chemistry you really need to be getting B+, A's or A*'s in your GCSE's. As for English and Maths, a B at least, you could possibly get away with it with a C+ - Once you get into college, it would be great if you got three AAA levels. Some Universities may take AAB. You also need a lot of work experience that involves animals.

(Working towards being a Vet)
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I've been told that the option of taking triple science for my GSCE option is possible, however is highly unlikely. If I take the double and get my expected A's. Would that be enough?
Also, my maths isn't great and I don't think I'm going to get higher than a C, Again, would that be enough for me to be a vet?
Xoxo
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Hiya my name is jade , I am 15 years old and have wanted to be a vet since I was little - I took my gcse's a year early in science (physics chemistry and biology) and english but I don't know if I would still be able to if I only got B's also what college woul ou suggest ? X
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Well I really want to become a veterinarian surgeon so all the information is true above I have just passed my a levels and I m now nearly a surgeon but you have to work really hard but it pays off cause you get lots of money x)
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I want to become a vet too- do you have to keep physics for as levels and maths too?

What if you get a C in maths gcse- is it still possible?

A.Z
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I want to be a vet but not sure what GCSE I need to take can anyone help me out please
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I'm 9 and have never given up on my dream of being a vet my dad went through the whole progress then became a teacher instead!
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I have just left school with a C in maths C in english and a C in science,
I'm taking animal management at college and I'm hoping to be a vet with my gcses and passing an animal management course could I possibly be accepted at uni?
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I really want to become a vet when I am older as this christmas I am choosing my GCSE's and I need help and what do I choose xxx please help!
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I really want to be a vet but I think you have to take physics, biology, chemistyry, english and maths . And have to get at least four A's
does any one know if you could study for equine and small pet vet x
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Hi everyone,
I'm just wondering what job I want to do when I am older.
And I'm thinking of a vet, I'm only 11 but I'm really serious and I'm certain I want to do this.
So if any of you know any thing please comment !!!!
I need help !!!

Thanks, Joe
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Hi I'm toni x I am 13 years old and I'm picking my options in about a month but the only thing I'm taking so far is triple science what else should I take to be a vet please help .
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Do you have to do physics to be a vet? I'm not really interested in Physics but I would love to be a wildlife vet :/
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Olivia Bl
Olivia Bl commented
Yes, you need to do a GCSE in physics, but not 'A' level.
Olivia Bl
Olivia Bl commented
You need to do it as a GCSE, but you can choose maths instead if you want when you do your 'A' levels. I'm not that interested in either, but I'm choosing to do physics.
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I live in southern London and I have to choose my GCSEs in a month or so and I was wondering if anyone could help me out as to which GCSEs I should take! What are the bare requirements to get into Vet School/ RVC.
Thanks!
X MuddyPaws X
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Thanks for all the comments people, I am just choosing my options and want to be a vet. This is really helpful!!!
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I have decided to take :

English
English lit.
Maths
French
Triple Science
P.E
Geography and history

are these all ok for what I want to do (vet) ?
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Hi ppl I want 2 be a vet but I don't know what I need can sum1 help
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Olivia Bl
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To be a vet you need to do triple science in GCSE with a wide range of other subjects. You also need to do Biology, Chemistry and Maths or Physics in 'A' levels.

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