All applications to UK veterinary schools must be made via UCAS, which includes the requirement to write a personal statement. However, veterinary schools are aware that the amount and quality of advice, and assistance applicants receive when writing their personal statement, varies greatly – and that this could potentially advantage or disadvantage certain applicants. For this reason, personal statements now play a smaller role in selecting candidates for veterinary medicine. This is reflected in the fact that some veterinary schools may have partially or completely replaced the use of the personal statement by introducing their own applicant questionnaires.
However, this does not make the personal statement unimportant. Throughout the selection process, for example at interview, it is likely that you will be asked about things you have discussed in your personal statement. Remember that the personal statement is your opportunity to explain that you possess the enthusiasm, skills and aptitudes which make you suitable for a career in veterinary medicine. Use this opportunity to explain how your academic interests, work experience and relevant hobbies reflect your interest in veterinary medicine. When mentioning these activities, make sure to reflect on how they have developed your skills and prompted your interest in veterinary science.