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Personal statement advice: animal science

A degree in animal science opens up numerous career options working with animals, or could be a stepping stone into a graduate veterinary medicine course. If it's your degree of choice, here are some personal statement pointers.

Dr Darren Juniper, Programme Director and Admissions Tutor for Animal Science at University of Reading, explained what he’s looking for and how a well-worded, logical personal statement that “shows where you’re coming from and going to” can sometimes be the deciding factor:

“In essence a good UCAS statement for animal science should detail logically what experience(s) you have had with animals and within the animal industry; this can include vets, equine based yards, rehoming centres and farms. Generally the more experience the better. You should also indicate what areas of the ‘animals industries’ interest you (captive, veterinary medicine, equine, conservation, rescue etc.) and what it is you hope to achieve by studying Animal Science; a number of students when starting already have an idea of where they would like their degree to take them.”

For another perspective, University of Bristol’s website outlines the evidence they would like from applicants for their Animal Behaviour & Welfare Science degree, including an appreciation of the scientific nature of the degree and your thoughts about relevant political and ethical issues.

Meanwhile Dr Juniper also told us he agrees with our “10 things not to put in your personal statement” article. So check this out too!


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