Applying to veterinary medicine can be tough, with thousands of students applying each year for limited places, a great way to stand out is with books by admission experts and recommendations from successful veterinary medics.
We spoke with 20+ first year veterinary medical students to get their recommended pre-uni veterinary medicine reading list. The following books were popular picks:
1. Getting into Veterinary School (Strongly Recommend)
The veterinary school application process is tough and very competitive. The Getting into veterianry school series covers every aspect of the application process, from writing a winning personal statement, to interview techniques and career prospects, it has all of the essential information that future veterinary students need to secure a place.
2. Blacks Student Veterinary Dictionary
This is great for looking up things you see on work placement. it is more than a list of terms, it’s practical approach ensures that you gain an insight into the signs and symptoms of common, and less common, diseases, their diagnosis and treatment.
3. Animal Rights: A Very short introduction
This book will put you in the best possible position to deal with ethics questions during your interview. It is a must read for anyone looking to opening their mind on animal ethics. It looks at things like do animals have moral rights? If so, what does this mean? What sorts of mental lives do animals have, and how should we understand welfare?
4. Inside of a dog: What Dogs See, Smell and Know
A great read that explores the perceptual and cognitive abilities of a dog, written by Alexandra Horowitz, a scientist and dog lover, she uses science to explore various abilities of the four legged creature and provides insight on dogs’ detection of disease, the secrets of their tails, and their skill at reading our attention that Horowitz puts into useful context.
5. Your Inner Fish: The amazing discovery of our 375 million year old ancestor
Your Inner Fish by Neil Shubin reveals that the human body is a throwback to our prehistoric ancestors. Shubin shares the story of how one creature’s journey out of the water made the human body what it is today.