All applications for the course should be submitted via UCAS at www.ucas.com. The institution code for the Harper and Keele Veterinary School is H25 and the course code is D100. The application deadline for the course is 15th October 2019. Any applications received after this date will be dealt with subject to places being available. Applicants should ensure that their application is completed in full and supplementary information relating to their work experience is also provided by that deadline (a work experience form will be available to download for applicants to complete and send directly to the Admissions Office - please check back soon).
Applicants should ensure that they are available for interview between November 2019 and March 2020. Due to the number of applicants who will be interviewed, we may not be able to offer alternative slots. However, applicants who apply after the 15th October deadline, and are offered an interview, may find this will take place in March or later. All applications will be assessed and scored taking into account the personal statement, reference, work experience and entrance qualifications. Due to the large numbers of applications expected, we will be unable to invite all applicants for an interview. The interviews for the course will be held on the Harper Adams University campus and will be ‘station’ based interviews designed to assess the various attributes of the applicants. They will include animal handling, which is an essential skill for a veterinary surgeon.
Applicants will also have the opportunity to indicate their preferred ‘home’ campus once they have received an offer, but this cannot be guaranteed.
At the Harper and Keele Vet School we recognise that pursuing your dream career in veterinary medicine can be costly (but totally worth it!), and we’re here to support you every step of the way.
There are transport and accommodation costs associated with completing extra-mural studies (EMS) and whilst you may get some paid opportunities along the way, such as working during lambing season, there will be other opportunities that will be unpaid and the reward is in the essential experience you gain. However, this can add up and is why we have a flexible package of support to help students with these placement costs, when they need it. Support is available throughout your studies and you can apply for the support once you are on the course. You would have to demonstrate a ‘need’ for the additional financial support, as well as a sensible approach to spending and EMS planning.
There is also further support available through hardship funds (either a grant or a loan, depending on personal circumstances against common published criteria), managed by your home institution. These funds are available for all students to apply for, and are there to support those who find themselves in further or unexpected financial difficulty, such as emergency dental treatment or a car repair, or for those students who simply find that there is more money going out on essentials, than there is coming in, once they’ve planned their budget. We also offer advice on budgeting and ways to make your money stretch a bit further and staff at both sites can assist students in seeking part-time work and scholarship opportunities.
For students that have the aptitude to become a vet, but do not have the required grades for direct entry, or alternatively, do not have access to the required work experience to meet entry criteria, two alternative routes have been developed:
Harper Adams is also extending the offer of a Vet School interview to high achieving students on related courses at the end of the first year. Dependent on achievement within the previous year of study, eligible students would commence the Degree Programme from Year One.