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:ausb: Nah, you are smart and you will do JUST fine !!! I love animals and all but couldn't have put my brain around some of those "entry" subjects. :grbud:

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Generally you should have learnt those things before you get there, but they go more indepth in uni and it is to prepare you for getting into the course etc.

I learnt all of this stuff in school last year and the year before, so it isn't too hard... yet.

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Yay a fellow bird vet in training! :(

I'm a first year vet student. At Melbourne Uni the first year of science is compulsory before getting into vet (I did biomedical science). So this is my second year of uni. That's 5 years total just to get the title of "vet". Three and a half years to go :budgiedance: Plus the five years practice/three years further training to be recognised as a specialist. Oh dear, no wonder they are so hard to find!

Yet I can't believe it's gone so fast already... There is SO much work. But I'm loving every second I get with the feathery ones (although, a lot less in dissection class. Yuck). I currently have a 4000 word essay due ;) but I got to pick the topic which of course is..... BUDGIES! Hee hee

 

Hope you're going well and working hard! ;)

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Generally you should have learnt those things before you get there, but they go more indepth in uni and it is to prepare you for getting into the course etc.

I learnt all of this stuff in school last year and the year before, so it isn't too hard... yet.

 

did you have IB or other advanced courses in your high school?

 

say i took college level physics/chem/bio in high school. would i still have to repeat them @ the university you're going to?

 

edit: ahaha i just realized i bumped a year old topic. (Laughing out loud). how's it going?

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Wow this is a great old post that has resurfaced :hap: how are things going Sailor?

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I ADMIRE your ambition!!! Give it all the effort you have and you will succeed! Good for you :-)

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I can't speak for Sailor, I'd love to hear how things are going.

How things are going for Chryso:

Please, please, please let me pass *foetal position rocking back and forth*

:D

 

Second year is crazy-hard. I've had my third of nine exams. *asleep*

Good news though, I completely filled up my work experience requirement. dairy in July followed by aquariums. I'm also going to go annoy the Ornithological research society to see if I can't get them to send me on raven research <3. I'm also heading back to penguins at the end of the year!

 

How are things Sailor?

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Good for you...you are a very smart and determined :D KUDOS!!!

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Things are going good.

Yeah I did IB. You do have to do those topics in uni, if you did them for IB as they are slightly different and more indepth anyway. However doing those subjects for IB really really helps you to do well in that first semester.

 

Well second year is a lot busier than last year. I have exams in one week so that is why I haven't been around much lately. It is all good. We did a bit of avian anatomy this semester and next semester we get to start diagnosing diseases and doing comparative anantomy, which I am looking forward to.

I just can't wait for these exams to be over. :D

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good to see you pop in :D very good Sailor!!!

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WOW! another IBer! where i'm from IB is very rare. most american schools are taken with AP.

 

good luck on your exams!

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Yeah, unfortunately its extremely hard here in Canada. The reason is because there are only 3 vet schools in all of Canada so it is very competitive and they only graduate 400 a year!

 

So you must have extremely high marks they do suggest getting a Bachelor of Science Degree in University before applying for vet school because it is so competitive.

 

I have wanted to be a veterinarian since I was 7 years old, I was really good in science but not that good in math. Than high school came along and I did horrible in math and science because science had chemistry and physics which both contained math. So I switched academic math (which is university bound) to applied (college bound) and I thought hard and gave up on myself for a year. I did well in college grade 10 math with an 88%. I stayed in academic science and got a 67% which is a pass but not good. So this year in grade 12 I have all college bound sciences because I decided I was going to be a Paramedic. Than I thought hard again...blood, gore okay I love it but 12 hour shifts - no life. Just work, work, work.

 

So I changed my mind and I am still going to try and get a Bachelor of Science Degree and apply to vet school no matter how hard it is. I will go to school for another 30 years if I had to but I am going to become a vet because "If you work hard at something that you thought was impossible, it will merely become something difficult." I love that quote and its true. So I am going to try my best and if worse comes to worse and I can't do it than I will become a Paramedic.

 

In Canada this is what you have to do to become a certified veterinarian:

 

Complete a Bachelor of Science Degree before applying for vet school

Get as much experience as possible (volunteering or co - op placement at humane societies, vet clinics, pet stores...etc)

Go to University and apply for vet school (I plan on going to the University of Guelph) ONE of the THREE

You than have to complete about 8 years of schooling in total and pass the national exam to graduate.

 

Its extremely hard, you have to be determined and work very hard at it. I also plan on specializing in Avian species along with something else like Dentistry or Microbiology.

 

I forgot to mention that it is also EXPENSIVE, like $4,000.00 a semester. Becoming a Veterinarian is more difficult than becoming a Doctor. Humans can tell us whats wrong and we can go from there. Animals on the other hand have no voice and cannot tell us whats wrong or what hurts. and the Veterinarian has to diagnose and than treat the problem.

 

I wish you alot of luck and hope you make it. I have belief in myself to but its just that math that is holding me down because I would seriously go to school for as long as it takes to become one. It is an awsome career.

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:blink: Good luck Joey, does it REALLY take that long in Canada? I had a friend I have lost touch with and it didn't seem such a long haul as you have presented. Anyhow, good luck to you and may you decide on avian medicine as your specialty. :(
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We have a few Canadians in our year here, It is much easier to get in here only a b grade average for foreign students and is cheaper to come here from Canada too. Maybe you should come to NZ

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