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Calling all budding vets and vet nurses

Press release issued: 9 October 2018

Aspiring vets and vet nurses will have the opportunity to explore and experience life as a student and find out what it's like to work in veterinary medicine at the Bristol Veterinary School on Saturday 27 October.

The one-day event, called VetQuest, held at the University of Bristol's Langford campus, will enable prospective students to spend the day being mentored by a current student whilst getting involved in interactive sessions.  The campus has first-class clinical facilities, including equine and small animal hospitals; a dairy farm; diagnostic laboratories; and farm animal, small animal and equine practices. 

The long running event aims to showcase some of the opportunities available to those interested in pursuing a veterinary career. As well as a tour of the Vet School and talks on vet admissions and work experience, participants will have a chance to get involved in practical activities led by staff and students.

Dr Louisa Slingsby, Teaching Fellow and Faculty Admissions and Recruitment Officer at the Bristol Vet School, said: "VetQuest allows those who are interested in a career in the veterinary professions to come along for a day to find out more about the roles of veterinary surgeons and veterinary nurses.  They will also have the opportunity to learn what to think about when choosing and applying for courses and how to give themselves the best possible chance to make an informed decision about if vet medicine is the career for them."

Sessions prospective students will take part in include: veterinary public health 1 (disease outbreak); veterinary public health 2 (specimens); large animal skills; animal behaviour; clinical skills; admissions questions and answers (Q&A) and work experience.

There will also be an optional session for parents and carers to help them navigate the challenges of applying to study to be a vet or vet nurse. The morning starts with a tour and then a talk and a Q&A session and finishes around lunchtime.

The cost of the one-day event is £50 and there are a limited number of subsidised places at £10.  Lunch is included in the registration fee.  To book visit VetQuest 2018.

The event is primarily aimed at years 11 and 12, although anyone is welcome to attend.  For further information about VetQuest, email: or tel: +44 (0)117 928 9280.

VetQuest2018 will be held on Saturday 27 October at the Bristol Veterinary School, University of Bristol, Langford, North Somerset, BS40 5DU from 9.30 am to 4.30 pm. 

Further information

Study at the Bristol Veterinary School

The University of Bristol offer a range of undergraduate degrees including the BVSc Veterinary Science: Accelerated Graduate degree and the BSc Veterinary Nursing and Bioveterinary Science degree along with a number of postgraduate programmes and continuing professional development courses.

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