Career discussion - becoming a vet

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13 years 4 months ago #359011 by DiDi
Clods - perhaps I should clarify (having forgotten this point) they were Scottish and English so presumably 7 of each. No sure but was always in awe of anyone passing 14 exams in one year.

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13 years 4 months ago #359016 by highgirl

Clods;349469 wrote: What I find unbelieveable at schools here is that you can only take 5 subjects. How someone could possibly get the equivalent of 14 A levels in one year - its not possible in New Zealand. My boys wanted to take 2 sciences for year 12, and they are unable to do so, as they are also carrying on with English and Maths. They'd have to drop English to be able to do Chemistry.

That seems bad timetabling if they can't do that. I thought I remembered being able to fit in two sciences, two maths and english but maybe I'm wrong...and that could have been 7th form.

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13 years 4 months ago #359017 by reggit
I know I did 5 subjects at fifth form (is that the same?) - maths, english, science, french and history.

Sixth form we had to specialise more to fit it in - but had english, maths, chemistry, bio, physics and religious studies (damn Catholic school couldn't get out of that one [:(!][:(!][:(!]) so could't fit any languages, which annoyed me...

Seventh form the same subjects except no religious studies, thankfully...

Had to do all science and maths at the adjoining boys school which combined classes for senior years, as not covered in our (girls') school. To make it even worse, I was the only girl doing physics :(:(:(:(

If I wasn't so darned determined to do vet I would have had a much wider range of subjects to chose from...having said that, everything I have done has somehow led to where I am now so certainly can't complain....

I don't know how you would fit 14 subjects in without doing it as a quick once over...:rolleyes:

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13 years 4 months ago #359048 by PalmyCol
First semester Vet at Massey is cell biology, Physics, Biology of animals and chemistry ( although can't remember if it's ordinary or Biochemistry ). Used to need a B+ average but that might have changed a bit now, as in gone higher.


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13 years 4 months ago #359089 by Clods
Yes, they only get 5 subjects to choose from - and PE counts as a subject! So if you did PE then you'd only have 4 academic subjects you can do. They did English, Maths, Science and Music this year, and next year Science gets split out, so they are doing Physics. They are trying to do all the subjects all the way through school... and music is there for something that is fun and they are good at.

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13 years 4 months ago #359104 by highgirl
Perhaps they do music and sport as extra curricular activities then and save the school subject choices for the academic subjects?

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13 years 4 months ago #359183 by kaponga

tigger;349458 wrote: My experience of first year vet 26 years ago at Massey too :D (gawd, was it really that long ago?). Having said that, it sounds like once they get into the second year, they are given a heap more support to ensure they get through...

Subjects required back then were maths, english, physics, chem and biology. Unless it has really changed, the last three were taught as 'science' until fifth form (whatever that is now) then split into three subjects.

The only 'beware' I would have, without putting her off, is that once you entered your first year of vet the subjects (again, if it hasn't changed) were all science ones. So if you did get cut at the end of the first year, you either had to continue with pure science, or redo your first year to get a wider base of subjects and hence options to continue your degree from.


How familiar; although with engineering the pressure wasn't applied until 1st pro (ie 2nd year), intermediate year was basically making sure we were all on the same playing field after leaving school. The amount of cross over was depressing really; could have skipped a number of papers with very little loss.
We got the limited options if you were cut or changed your mind also; thought about switching to plant sciences after intermediate year and realised I'd still be there for four years so figured I may as well keep on trucking though eng.

I didn't do bio until 7th form, and then any optional (ha ha) papers in my degree were bio based. It is possible (at least in my eng experiance) to make up ground depending on how bad you want to. Convincing the uni to let you, however is something different altogether :rolleyes:

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13 years 4 months ago #359523 by LongRidge
Our friends daughter just graduated from Massey Vet. When she started she was always near the top of the class but whether that continued until the end I don't know.
She wants to get away from the large animals, having had sheep and horse experience at home. To get any job at all with small animals she has had to go to a clinic in Adelaide.

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13 years 4 months ago #359636 by FencerMan

LongRidge;350147 wrote: To get any job at all with small animals she has had to go to a clinic in Adelaide.

Doesnt sound right? One of my ex girlfriends graduated from Massey this time last year, and neither her nor any of her friends had any problems finding jobs in urban practices...? Maybe things have changed in 12 months...

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13 years 4 months ago #359773 by LongRidge
Yes, very disappointing FM. She rather wanted to stay in NZ but it seems that the townies are cutting back on their pet expences.

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