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How to Write a Great Statement to Study Veterinary Nursing
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How to Write a Great Statement to Study Veterinary Nursing
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How to Write a Great Veterinary Nursing Personal Statement

Writing a veterinary nursing personal statement is a key opportunity for you to demonstrate your enthusiasm and commitment to a course, and show the admissions team what value you can add to their institution. 

If you’re applying for a high-demand course such as veterinary nursing, your personal statement could be the deciding factor on whether or not you get an interview. So, it’s important to make it compelling.

Here, we’re going through some practical advice and guidance about how to prepare your veterinary nursing personal statement. Let’s get started!

Structure your veterinary nursing personal statement in a clear format

You could be an excellent candidate for veterinary nurse training on paper, but if you showcase your skills and experiences in a poorly structured statement, then you lose your impact. So, it’s important to plan your statement well.

A well-written personal statement with a clear structure will make the information “pop”, and demonstrate you understand how to prepare an important academic document – a crucial skill needed for many college and university courses. There’s no “right” way to structure your veterinary nursing personal statement, however it’s a good idea to include:

  • A clear introduction, explaining why you want to study the course and become a registered veterinary nurse
  • A section focusing on your work experience and academic achievements, to show how you’re qualified to study veterinary nursing
  • A section about any relevant hobbies, interests, extracurricular activities or personal achievements, to show what else makes you suitable to study veterinary nursing
  • A clear conclusion that is memorable and unique to you

Writing a sparkling introduction and leave a lasting impression

I’m sure you’ve heard the expression that first impressions count. Your introduction is the first thing your reader will see, so you need your opening lines to grab attention and set yourself apart from the other applicants. Vague statements about loving science and animals don’t always make the cut. What qualities and personal experiences do you bring to the table which shaped your character and would make you an excellent veterinary nurse? What makes every applicant unique is that they will have a genuine reason for wanting to study something, so make sure they know what your reason is!

Talk about your experiences working in a veterinary setting

Your veterinary nursing personal statement is a key opportunity for you to communicate your work experience in further detail and explain how it has prepared you for the challenges and requirements you will face as a student veterinary nurse.

Firstly, you need to ensure you have achieved the minimum work-related requirements needed to apply for your chosen programme. Work experience is really important when applying for competitive veterinary nursing programmes, so any relevant animal and equine related work experience over and above the minimum requirements will be looked on favourably and will demonstrate that you understand the profession you will be joining. Think about what skills, knowledge and behaviours your work experience has taught you. More than this, explain how those skills will help you be a better student veterinary nurse. Use examples from your work experience to show what you learnt about the role of a veterinary nurse. For example, thinking about the reality of dealing with owners as well as the animals.

What kind of work experience should I have?

You need to refer to your individual course requirements to answer this questions. Usually you should have some work experience in a clinical setting, such as a small animal practice. Work experience in a veterinary hospital or referral organisation would also be advantageous. Any other ‘animal experience’ such as working in a stables, farm, kennels/cattery shows you aren’t afraid of hard work and you have a clear understanding of what working with animals is all about.

Explain why you want to be a veterinary nurse

Ensure that you explain why specifically you want to be a nurse – and make sure it’s personal. This may seem like obvious advice, however sometimes your intentions can get lost under vague statements about loving science and animals, which don’t always stand out in a pile of applications. You need to explain your motivations for wanting to become a veterinary nurse, and use the opportunity to show you really understand what the role is all about. There isn’t an easy answer to this question, or a ‘best way’ to do it. You just need to be honest and avoid clichés, gimmicks, exaggerations or waffling.

It’s not all about loving animals… think about other skills you will need as a veterinary nurse

Veterinary nurses use their technical knowledge and expertise to care for our pets with skill and empathy every single day. It goes without saying that working as a veterinary nurse is a great choice for those who are caring, giving and motivated to do the best for animals. However, it’s important not to lose sight of the fact there are also lots of other skills and qualities that can help someone succeed in the role, for example: interpersonal skills, good communication, team working, good customer service skills and so on. Everyone will talk about their love of animals in a veterinary nursing personal statement, and it’s important to showcase your love of them too – but think about how you can show you possess the other really important qualities and skills too.   

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