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We are now almost fully booked for Summer 2024 and expect to close registration in the next few days.

We are now almost fully booked for Summer 2024 and expect to close registration in the next few days.

The Young Vet Summer Experience

The Ultimate Work Experience in Veterinary Medicine in London

InvestIN Education
InvestIN Education

The Young Vet Summer Experience

The Ultimate Work Experience in Veterinary Medicine in London

Overview

Last chance to register for this Summer Experience! We only have a few places left and expect to close registration in the next few days.

Join us for the ultimate work experience for aspiring vets in London this summer, for students aged 15-18.

Over the course of two weeks, students will get to step into the shoes of a vet working in London, through a range of immersive career simulations and exclusive professional site visits. They’ll shadow top vets in an animal hospital, conduct consultations with real patients and attend a private coaching session on how to excel in your vet school applications.

Students enrolled in our summer programme will build a professional network and gain experience that will support them in their future veterinary career. They'll also get to experience life on campus at the world-renowned University College London. An unmissable opportunity for aspiring vets, completing our summer experience will help students stand out on university applications in the future.

Register now for a life-changing experience that will set you up for a future as a successful vet, or contact us to find out more. 

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Immersive Veterinary Experiences:
  • Practise as a small animal vet: conduct examinations and come up with diagnoses 
  • Take on the role of an equine vet and observe therapy techniques on horses 
  • Perform surgical procedures on dummy animals and improve your dexterity 
  • Meet a wide range of exotic animals and the people who care for them
  • Visit veterinary sites including farms and zoos and learn about the different fields within veterinary medicine 
  • Attend a private networking event with vets from multiple disciplines including farm, equine, wildlife and more 
Meet Senior Vets: 
  • Be coached through the immersive experiences with vets from small animal practices, surgery, emergency care, equine, wildlife and farms. 
  • Attend private networking sessions with these vets who can become vital connections for your future careers. 
Veterinary School Admission Coaching: 
  • Receive comprehensive coaching on how to get into a top veterinary school 
  • Master the admissions process: personal statements, interviews and more 
Competitive Advantage In Your Veterinary Applications:
  • Attending the Summer Experience demonstrates that you have gained skills which are highly-valued by top universities. 
  • Complete the assessment after the programme and receive a personalised certificate to include in your university applications. 
  • Get a personalised industry reference letter from vets confirming what you have achieved on the programme.
World-Class Universities And World-Class People: 
  • Experience life at one of the best universities on the planet: University College London (UCL) 
  • Meet talented and ambitious students from around the world who fly in for our unique vet work experience, creating an invaluable global network. 
Design Your Own Summer Experience:

⦁    Choose from one of the following options:

1.    First Week Only (taster experience); or
2.    Two-Week Experience (the full programme); or
3.    Two-Week Premium Experience (the ultimate package with both weeks plus enhanced benefits)

Accommodation
You can choose either residential or non-residential. The accommodation is at UCL student halls in central London. We provide residential students with meals, guardianship and fun activities on evenings and weekends. Airport transfers are also available at checkout.

Coming from abroad?
  • To date, we have welcomed students onto InvestIN programmes from over 100 different countries. They often say that a huge motivation is to meet and befriend students from around the world, whilst taking their English language skills to the next level. 
  • Attending a summer programme is a fantastic way to experience London, one of the world’s most renowned capital cities for academic excellence, global commerce and vibrant culture. You can also select our residential package to truly experience life on-campus at a top UK university (UCL), by living in private ensuite rooms at university halls of residence. We can offer everything you need – from airport transfers to meals and a fantastic evening social programme.
  • For students learning English as a Foreign Language (EFL), attending an InvestIN programme facilitates real-world application of English. Students will be immersed in the language 24/7, whether that’s working in a team, writing a project proposal, presenting to a group, networking with professionals or socialising with peers. Our programmes are delivered and facilitated by native English speakers, whilst over 50% of our students are from the UK and the US, providing international students with the perfect opportunity to enhance their oral and written skills in a professional and social context. Find out more about the benefits for EFL students in our blog post here.
  • For information about visas and language requirements, please see our FAQs page here.
Coming from the UK?
  • You can choose to attend our programmes as a day student if you live locally. Otherwise, our residential package will give you a great flavour of life in student halls of residence before you apply to university in the future.
  • Around 50% of our students come from abroad, providing you with a unique opportunity to network with and befriend peers from a range of different backgrounds and cultures.

Immersive Experiences Week 1

The World of a Vet

  • Explore the different career paths in veterinary science 
  • Domestic or wild animal care? 
  • Working in a practice vs. working out in the field 
  • Where to take your residencies: private practices or academic institutions? 
  • Hear from professional vets on the highs and lows of the job 
  • Gain insights into the skills you’ll need to succeed 

Enter The Small Animal Practice 

  • Perform clinical examinations, diagnose patients and tend to their needs 
  • Learn the basics of first aid and practise CPR on a dummy animal 
  • Work through a series of case studies and come up with proper diagnosis and treatment for each 
  • Learn vital communication skills that will help you build rapport with pet owners 
  • Gain valuable feedback from vet surgeons on your interaction with clients and your treatment plans 

The Farm Vet 

  • Discover the vital role vets play in managing farm animals and protecting our public health 
  • Observe how farm vets care for cattle and other large animals 
  • Explore the role farm vets have in advising and supporting farmers 
  • Examine the routine tests performed in a farm: taking blood, providing treatment and performing ultrasound and TB tests 
  • Learn about the importance of preventative care, nutrition and behaviour to ensure the long-term health of farm animals 

Become an Equine Specialist 

  • Observe the unique relationship between veterinary staff and horses 
  • Learn the responsibilities of equine vet and the importance of rehabilitation 
  • Explore the different treatment methods equine vets use to treat ailing horses 
  • Examine different work avenues: private breeders, race horse owners and research facilities 
  • Work alongside equine vets and horses to understand the joys of this prestigious field 

Vet School Applications 

  • Subject choices at A-level/IB/university and more 
  • Securing work experience 
  • Model UCAS personal statements 
  • Powerful interview techniques 
  • Choosing the right course and veterinary school 
  • Your journey through veterinary school 
  • The challenges facing veterinary applicants 
  • Coaching from experienced vets on what you can do to stand out 

This Summer Experience is for students aged 15-18 and you do not require any prior knowledge to attend.

The start date is the 29th July.  You can choose to attend for either ‘First Week Only’, ‘Two Weeks’ or our ‘Two Week Premium’ package. You can also choose residential or non-residential. Pricing and details are set out below.

Click “Register Now” to book your place.

London 1 week London 2-weeks London Premium
Length First week only 2-weeks full programme 2-weeks Premium
Perform clinical examinations on real animals. Perform surgical procedures on a dummy animal. Observe how farm vets care for their patients. Get vet school application advice.
For students coming from abroad, enhance your oral and written skills in business-level English
Explore the world of a wildlife vet. Gain hands on experience with exotic animals. Undertake surgical tasks to improve your dexterity.
Private networking session with senior vets
Industry reference letter: personalised letter from vets confirming what you’ve achieved on the programme
Graduation ceremony for completion of the full programme
Professional development portfolio: CV-writing masterclass, LinkedIn workshop, professional headshots, personality profiling & psychometric testing
Leadership, teamwork & strategy coaching & team challenge
Gala dinner with professionals on the River Thames
Keynote speeches & networking reception with accomplished industry leaders
Summer Experience Fee £1950 £2950 £3950
Optional fee for accommodation with meals, guardianship and evening & weekend activities included Available for an additional
£1290
Available for an additional
£2795
Available for an additional
£2795
Optional fee for London airport transfers (return) Available for an additional
£300
Available for an additional
£300
Available for an additional
£300

Choose a location below:

In Person

Available dates:

  • 29th July 2024

Venues:

  • The programme is based at UCL and the surrounding University of London campus. Certain days take place in other key industry locations in London.

Accommodation location:

  • Students who choose accommodation will reside in University of London halls of residence. We occupy 4 different halls close-by to each other (listed below). The vast majority of students will be placed in Garden Halls.

     

    Garden Halls, London, WC1H 9EN

    College Hall, London, WC1E 7HZ

    International Hall, London, WC1N 1AS

    Frances Gardner House, WC1X 0HD

     

Please find below some of our most frequently asked questions. If you have any other questions you'll be able to find our full FAQ list here and you are also welcome to reach out to us at info@investin.org and we'll be happy to help!

When is the deadline for registering for an experience?
Places on our programmes are allocated on a first-come, first-serve basis so we will close registration as soon as we reach capacity, because of this we would always recommend booking as soon as possible to ensure you do not miss the opportunity to attend.
Do I get a certificate?
Upon completion of the programme you will receive a bespoke certificate to include in all of your future applications. This will help you stand out from the crowd and show your passion for your chosen career. Letters of attendance are also available upon request at info@investin.org.
Who are your safeguarding team?
On each Summer Experience, we have safeguarding team members on-site 24/7 to promote the safeguarding and pastoral welfare of our students. Our team are security-vetted (enhanced DBS-checked) professionals who work in education full time and our team is made up of Academic Professionals / LSA, Safeguarding Officers, Nursing Professionals, and Mental Health Practitioners. Students will therefore always be able to easily contact a guardian, should they need any support.
What is included in the accommodation package?
You can choose to add our accommodation package to your booking where you will be allocated to the University of London's Garden Halls, College Hall, or International Hall. Here, you will enjoy your own private room, 3 meals a day, and 24/7 guardianship. There are also lots of communal areas such as a games room and cinema room where you will be able to socialise with other students. Our safeguarding team will also put on evening activities such as trivia night, games night, and sports evenings. You will be able to arrive at the accommodation the day before the programme starts and checkout will be the day after the programme comes to an end.
Do you offer payment plans?
Do you offer payment plans? Yes, payment plans are available until the end of April 2024. We are now only accepting payments in full. Please contact info@investin.org if you would like further assistance.
Will there be any opportunities for rest days?
Programme hours take place Monday-Friday, with a break over the weekend. If you select the 2-Week Premium option, the weekend will feature exclusive professional development opportunities outlined in the timetable.
What work experience is beneficial for vet school?
Most vet schools will expect you to have at least two to four weeks of experience with both small and large animals, in addition to observational experience within a veterinary practice. However, each school's requirements may differ, so be sure to check with each institution you plan to apply to.
How do I find vet work experience?
When looking for vet work experience, there are a range of avenues you can explore, including: - Local veterinary practices and clinics: They may be able to offer you hands-on experience and mentorship opportunities - Animal shelters and rescue centres: Supporting animal welfare at shelters and rescue centres will expose you to different animal species - ideal for gaining skills and improving your application - Wildlife medicine: To learn more about wildlife medicine, reach out to wildlife rehabilitation centres - Large animal and farm veterinary medicine: Experience working on farms will give you a chance to learn about the healthcare needs of large animals - Abattoirs: Abattoirs must abide by certain animal welfare and food safety standards, and will give you a better understanding of veterinary medicine - Zoos: Zoos are full of exotic animals, making it the perfect environment to learn about a wide range of healthcare requirements Visit or contact as many places as you can to express your desire to build experience in the field.
How do I become a vet?
To become a vet, you'll first need to complete a veterinary degree approved by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS). Places on these courses are highly competitive, so you'll need to show that: - You can meet the academic requirements - You understand what being a vet involves - You're motivated and passionate - You have some relevant experience Full time veterinary courses take around five to six years, but if you have a degree in a related subject, you may be able to take a four-year graduate entry veterinary degree course.
What skills make a good vet?
Good vets have: - Manual dexterity: You'll be working a lot with your hands, so dexterity and precision are important - Good analytical skills: As a vet, you'll be diagnosing patients who can't communicate with you, so strong analytical skills are essential - Communication skills: You'll need to communicate clearly with pet owners. Often, conversations will be sensitive, so strong communication and general interpersonal skills will help - Desire to learn: You'll need to keep up-to-date with medical news and scientific advances to ensure you're doing the best job you can - Problem-solving skills: You'll often face issues without a clear solution, so problem-solving skills will help you navigate these - Patience: Animals and their owners will be distressed at times, so you'll need to remain patient and professional - Emotional resilience: Sometimes there'll be nothing you can do for an animal – accepting this is tough, so emotional resilience will be helpful

WHAT OUR STUDENTS SAY ABOUT US

Information for international & EFL students

We have a minimum English language requirement of B2 (upper-intermediate, CEFR). For students learning English as a Foreign Language (EFL), attending an InvestIN programme facilitates real-world application of English. Our programmes are delivered and facilitated by native English speakers, whilst over 50% of our students are from the UK and the US, providing international students with the perfect opportunity to enhance their oral and written skills in a professional and social context. Find out more about the benefits for EFL students in our blog post here.

 

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