Medical Projects - UK Medical Work Experience Course - London

Veterinary Work

Experience Course

London, UK

Course Overview

Our UK Veterinary Work Experience course is a residential week-long curriculum designed to give students the best possible insight into working life as a vet in a busy veterinary clinic. Using simulated patients and owners students will have the opportunity to work together as a team of vets and applied veterinary professionals to consult, diagnose, and treat patients across a range of emergency veterinary scenarios. This course combines hands-on experience, expert university application advice, and realistic mock university interviews. Students leave this course Veterinary School ready, and having made friends from across the globe!

This Course Is Suitable For:

Students aged 16+ who are interested in studying veterinary medicine or veterinary science at university, or simply want to learn more about working life as a vet. We accept students of any nationality.

This Course Includes:

3 days of simulated clinical veterinary experience treating a variety of small animal species and conditions

Teaching from inspiration working vets and veterinary students

Mock interviews (MMIs) conducted by experienced interviewers with feedback

University application advice and guidance

Accommodation, breakfast and dinner.

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Course Learning Outcomes


By the end of this course students will:

Gain veterinary work experience required for the UCAS application

Develop in-depth knowledge of the role of a vet and other allied veterinary professionals

Experience a range of common small animal conditions

Understand a range of treatments for common veterinary conditions

Understand a framework for patient assessment

Learn how to deal with difficult pet owners

Understand the veterinary school application process

Learn about the possible career options option to them within animal care

Develop a framework for choosing the right veterinary school

Experience a range of real veterinary school interview questions

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Course Timetable

Sunday Afternoon

Students arrive in London Heathrow airport or Kings Cross station and are met by Veterinary Projects staff. They then travel to our accommodation to meet the rest of the group and settle into their rooms.

Sunday Evening

All students attend a welcome induction from our Programme Manager where they learn the plan for the week and a few do’s and dont’s. Students then head out for dinner before getting an early night ready to start their placement bright and early!

Monday Morning

It’s the first morning on Project and our students are learning the basics of veterinary medicine – vital information they will need to diagnose and treat their patients through the week. Our professional vet teaches students about domestic animal anatomy and common conditions.

Monday Afternoon

After lunch students are introduced to our simulated patients and small animal clinic equipment. Working as a group of vets and veterinary nurses, students spend the afternoon performing basic diagnoses and treating a range of common pet ailments.

Monday Evening

After a long first day on project our students have some free time to relax before dinner. Then it is time for our group quiz, including some special London-themed prizes for the winning team!

Tuesday AM

Today students are spending more time with our simulated small animal patients, building on their knowledge and diagnosing more complicated or unusual conditions. Students will also learn some key clinical skills such as inserting IVs, bandaging, and correct handling of animals.

Tuesday Afternoon

This afternoon our students are learning Basic Life Support for a range of different animals, led by our professional vet. Then it is time to head back into our simulated veterinary clinic to put their newfound skills into action.

Tuesday Evening

After finishing placement the group heads to Trafalgar Square to take in one of the city’s most famous sites. After spending some time there exploring it is time to head home for dinner and free time before bed.

Wednesday Morning

This morning is dedicated to learning about the Vet School application process. Led by current veterinary students and our professional vet, students will learn how to make the most of their personal statement, how to choose a Vet School and the possible career paths open to them as a veterinary professional.

Wednesday Afternoon

After lunch our group travel to London Zoo for a masterclass in exotic animal behaviour and the role of zoos in conservation. Students then have a chance to explore the zoo, which is the oldest scientific zoo in the world and is home to more than 19,000 animals!

Wednesday Evening

Our group head to the world-famous Covent Garden market this evening to explore the shops and cafes in the area for a couple of hours, before heading back to our accommodation for dinner.

Thursday Morning

Today our students are split into smaller groups to take part in mock Multiple Mini Interviews (MMIs), designed to resemble the real thing as closely as possible. Each student receives feedback from our experienced group of interviewers.

Thursday Afternoon

Once they have finished their interviews students have the afternoon off to explore some of the tourist sites of London, before meeting back up for dinner. Then there is time for relaxing with a game of cards before bed.

Friday Morning

Today is our last day in the simulated small animal clinic, and students will face their most complex cases yet! Students will learn the causes and symptoms of cardiac arrest, and get a masterclass in dealing with difficult pet owners.

Friday Afternoon

Students finish the week in the simulated small animal clinic. Our professional vet also leads a workshop in using the experience gained in the week to maximise their university applications. Then there is just time for a Q&A session with our vet before we head out for our last evening in London.

Friday Evening

Students who choose to add on our night out in London head into Central London to celebrate finishing their London experience! After an early dinner our group head to the theatre to watch the world famous West End musical, Wicked! We guarantee you’ll be singing it all the way home!

Please note, the above timetable is an example of a typical week. Depending on clinic availability, veterinary schedules and public holidays, this is subject to change.


Our accommodation is based in safe, quiet areas within easy reach of Central London.

Our students share single-gender dormitory style rooms, normally shared with up to 5-6 students.

We have 3-4 accommodation partners which we use depending on student numbers and project dates, so please get in touch with us for exact details of your accommodation. You can see some our accommodation partners in the gallery to give an idea of what students can expect from their time with Veterinary Projects.


Students are required to meet us at pre-designated meeting points in London. Students will be required to purchase an Oyster travel card for all travel whilst with us which can be organised prior to travel or will be done with the team upon arrival.

Food & Drink

Students are provided a continental breakfast each morning before heading out for the day. Individual items vary depending on the accommodation but students can expect some of the following; toast, cereal, fruit, yoghurt, butter, jam and other spreads, juice, tea and coffee.

Dinner is included every night during students time with us. Where we eat will vary; sometimes we will eat out at a nearby restaurant, have food prepared at our accommodation, or you may be given a cash allowance and choose your own dinner with a group of fellow students. You will dine on a range of different cuisines, but regardless of where we go there will always be an option that fits students’ dietary requirements.

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Extra-Curricular Activities

Whilst learning is our main focus, we also want to ensure students make the most of their time in London and leave with new friends from all over the world!

Our team arrange great social activities for some of the evenings the students are with us. Some of these take place in our accommodation to help break the ice at the beginning of the week, but we also organise some fantastic experiences around the city, which might include;

• Visits to some of London’s most famous sites
• Quizzes
• An evening at Covent Garden
• A scavenger hunt experience
• A Friday evening night out to a West End theatre show

Pastoral Care

Every Veterinary Projects course is staffed by our own highly experienced staff. We are with the students and on-hand 24/7 to supervise and assist students. All of our staff undergo enhanced DBS checks before joining our courses and we always have at least one fully trained first aider with the group.

Our staff also stay at the same accommodation and we always have a female member of staff on duty at night. 

7 Reasons To Join This Course


Gain veterinary work experience


Learn from qualified veterinary professionals


Obtain genuine insight


Perfect your interview techniques


Students take the role of an actual Vet


Experience the best of UK culture


Have fun and meet students from around the world

Course Fees

1 Week = £2150

The course fee is paid in two instalments. A £300 deposit is taken to reserve your space and the remaining balance is not due until 90 days before your course start date.

Course Dates

 28th June – 4th July 2020

5th July – 11th July 2020

12th July – 18th July 2020

19th July – 25th July 2020

26th July – 1st Aug 2020

2nd Aug – 8th Aug 2020

Not Included

  1. Flights or trains to/from London
  2. Lunch (approx £7 per day)
  3. Visa (if required)
  4. Oyster Card (approx £35 per week) 


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