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Many of our vet care courses and qualifications consist of theory units and practical units, enabling students to obtain hands-on experience in a veterinary care setting.
Employers in the veterinary care sector include:
Private Veterinary Practices – usually consist of 2 or more vets working in partnership (with associated veterinary care staff). Most practices offer emergency and weekend services, and staff may be required to be on-call. Usually, urban practices deal mainly with companion animals, and rural practices additionally may deal with livestock, horses and wildlife.
Animal Welfare Charities – there are a great many charities that employ veterinary staff. The People’s Dispensary for Sick Animals (PDSA) and the RSPCA, are examples of the larger charities offering veterinary services and employing vet staff. Working for an animal charity can be highly rewarding.
Overseas opportunities – working in veterinary care roles for organisations such as the Voluntary Services Overseas (VS) and the World Veterinary Service involve all types of vet care staff assisting with worthwhile projects such as helping with stray animals as well as improving zoo animal veterinary care and other veterinary care work.
Military/Army – The Royal Army Veterinary Corps (RAVC) care for the army’s animals, including surveillance dogs and horses. Staff are deployed in the UK and abroad and may have to assist with providing veterinary care in war zones.