July 17, 2009 at 7:06 am #35978
I chanced upon this forum while looking up veterinary related information. Im a fresh uni graduate who is applying for vet school next year. I am Australian, but lived in Singapore for years since the age of , and much of education was completed there, so I am pretty much Singaporean-raised. From what Ive read, it seems that many of you have concerns about getting into vet school in Australia, and I thought Id share my experience:
I completed my OLevels with sufficient marks to get into JC, but chose to enrol in SPs biotech diploma as I always had an interest in science and biology in particular. Ive always wanted to be a vet, and thought that the biotech route would be a good start. However, my lack of self-belief meant that I was not able to get into any Australian vet school, no matter how much veterinary/laboratory experience I could support my applications with. Being practical as I was and under the insistence of my parents (who are your typical practical Singaporean-raised sort), I enrolled in a practical Bachelor of Commerce (I also enjoy economics). I worked hard, did well and graduated with good grades, but with a sense of emptiness. I knew that being a vet was what I truly wanted. So I will be applying to UQs vet school for 00 entry and with the grades I have, am confident of getting in. I want to go to UQ to study vet science because they have a new research project on green sea turtles and that is precisely the area I want to go into after I graduate (wildlife conservation and in particular, sea turtle conservation).
So, if you have the dream of being a vet and youre not a straight As JC student, you can always go the diploma route, get into a good aussie uni, complete one year of studies with good grades, and then transfer to a veterinary course. You may be aware that unis in Australia are very much open to accepting applications from students with full-year of Bachelor studies in any field, and that they usually only rank you based on your grade average from this yr of Bachelor studies. So dont let poor grades stop you from following your dreams, pull your socks up and work hard in uni, youll find that Bachelor studies are much more forgiving than post-secondary education you encounter in Singapore. And dont let the thought of being too old for vet school put you off either. I will be 0 yrs old when I graduate and I think my life experience and uni experience will help me handle what is a notoriously demanding course. There is always a way if you want it bad enough, no matter the obstacle.
Good luck all aspiring vets!!July 30, 2009 at 1:28 pm #383721
Hi! wow thats so inspiring. well my mum doesnt want me to study in vet science because she claims that I will not have an easy time finding a job in singapore and repaying the loan I have to take if I wanna study Vet science in Australia (about 0k cos I will be paying international student fees?) In any case, is it true that there is not much of a demand for more vets in singapore?June 20, 2011 at 4:30 pm #383722
Hello! I realized its actually been years since the first post. Ive always wanted to become a vet, but only at the start of this year did I start taking it seriously. Im only and its probably too early to start planning anything, but I really want to start preparing early and right now, Im pretty much aiming for Murdoch. The sad thing is, Singapore has no JCs/Polytechnic with Veterinary Medicine so Im probably going to take whatever course is closest. However, Im not sure on how (and at what age) I can actually start applying to Australian schools that would eventually lead to being able to find a Veterinary Medicine course.
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