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Qualifications Needed To Become A Vet

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 By Chris Moresby

To become a vet, one needs more than a profound love of animals, although its importance cannot be discounted. After all, a vet spends most of his career caring for our four-legged (and some two-legged) friends. However, just affection won’t help serve animals when their health or lives are at stake. After all, a vet is responsible for the prevention of disease and for the medical and surgical treatment of animals, and it requires a lot of training and hard work to gain this expertise.

The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) is the governing body of vets in the country. Under the provisions of the Veterinary Surgeons Act of 1966, with certain minor exceptions, only a registered veterinary surgeon is permitted to diagnose and treat injuries and ailments of animals. In order to be granted membership of the RCVS, an aspiring vet will have to go to university and take a veterinary degree. The UK universities offering veterinary degrees approved by the RCVS are Bristol, Glasgow, Liverpool, Cambridge, Edinburgh and London (the Royal Veterinary College). The courses are usually five years in length (six years at some schools). The Nottingham University has also started a new veterinary school. Applications are made through the Universities & College Admissions Service (UCAS).

There are also a number of overseas degrees from Australia, New Zealand and South Africa which are approved by RCVS. Graduates from North American schools accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association can also apply for membership to the RCVS. Holders of many European degrees are also eligible to register with RCVS if they are EU citizens. Seats at the veterinary degree courses are highly sought after and have stringent requirements for admission. These include a strong academic record as represented by the following: A Levels Biology must usually be offered at A level. The requirement for other subjects varies a little from university to university, but either one or two subjects from Chemistry, Physics or Mathematics should be offered. Some universities may accept a third A level in a non-science subject, but it must be an academically sound subject. The minimum grades generally expected are two A’s and a B, though some schools will require three grade A’s.

AS Levels Some universities accept AS levels, but specific requirements can vary. Sometimes, two AS levels will be accepted instead of one A level, except in Chemistry where a full A level is usually required.

SCE Highers Chemistry must be offered as well as two subjects from Biology, Physics or Mathematics. The grades generally expected are AAABB.

Advanced Highers Applicants are normally advised to proceed to the Sixth Year and include CSYS Chemistry and Biology or Physics in their subjects.

GCSE The applicant must meet the general entrance requirements of the university. Most universities require an applicant to have at least a grade C pass in English Language, Mathematics and Science, and many will expect A grades at GCSE. Where A level Biology or Physics is not offered, the candidate must have a good pass in that subject at GCSE level. Vocational Qualifications Applicants with certain vocational qualifications relevant to the study area, such as the BTEC Diploma in Animal Science, with distinction grades, may be considered by certain schools. In addition to academic excellence, the admission committees lay great stress on practical work experience. The applicant must show his interest in this field by prior work at a veterinary practice or a similar establishment, handling pets and farm animals. However, work experience cannot substitute academic credentials but can add to them.

Once the applicant receives his degree and registers with the RCVS, he can practise in the country as a qualified vet. If he wants to specialise in any particular field, further study is required to gain an additional diploma. 

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Obama Grants Providing High Returns With Scholarships

By Marlon Jackson

Obama grants providing high returns with scholarships

 

For many single moms the mentioning of the Obama grant may not be fully understood however it is being given emphasis by the government under the popular Obama administration in support of working mother’s returning to college. While federal programs such as ones assisting working mothers in attending college have been brought to the fore they are merely existing government benefits that have been reworked. Pell grants are a great asset for potential students, and here is why they are causing a stir among moms who want to return to the classroom.

The Federal Pell grants has existed over many years making it one of the many familiar types of government financial aid for the furtherance of college. For many seeking aid as a student normally requires one to take a loan out with the daunting task of repayment at the end, the Pell grant however does not require this. Seeking an undergraduate degree? Then you have a good running in being awarded the Pell grant formed specifically for those without a bachelor’s or professional degree. The Scholarship for mom’s program with its two distinct advantages has caused a huge stir amongst single, working moms. Mothers are being encouraged to make use of the funds provided through the Pell grants to attend college by President Obama and the Obama administration although no specific grant is named specifically.

Another advantage of the Pell grant besides it being a monetary gift is that there are no restrictions in being able to attain other sources when it comes to financial aid. Aid from other federal programs as well as private, non-federal institutions can be applied to cover education costs. The 1st of July 2009 begins the start of the award year which will come to an end on the 30th June 2010 with the maximum being paid out through the Pell grant of $5,350.00. It’s unlikely that this amount will cover your full college expenses it does not restrict you from applying to other sources. It must be noted that you are not limited to tuition once awarded money. Other requirements which maybe needed when it comes to education may include laptops, books, travel and of course housing.

With the Obama administration focusing its attention on education the Pell grant program and its benefits have been highlighted making the scholarships for moms’ all the more popular. To become a student and earn a degree as a single, working mother such a federal program fills all the specifics. College can now be obtained regardless of your financial status or family needs.

The Obama grant obtained through the Pell grant program has created an opportunity for many to take advantage of further college education. As a working mother this is especially true. Single mothers working full-time are specifically being encouraged by the current administration to take advantage and earn a degree. The current administration is heartily cheering for single, full-time working mothers to apply for college and earn a degree. Your future dreams can come true.

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Attending a Language School Abroad

Become Fluent in a New Language and Make New Friends by Attending a Language School Abroad By Maxime Braire

If you’re interested in learning a new language, the best way to immerse yourself in it is by studying at a language school abroad. Language schools around the world cater to students of just about every language you could imagine, making it possible for you to travel, make new friends, and discover a new culture, all the while becoming fluent in a foreign language of your choice. Attending language school is the one of the most effective and accelerated ways to learn a language because you get to live in a country where people speak the language you’re trying to learn, and you can dedicate hours every day to language study.

If you’ve ever taken language courses in high school or college, you’ve surely been frustrated by the fact that you couldn’t utter a single sentence in the language, even after years of study. There is something inherently wrong with the way language is taught in traditional settings. Your friend who spent one month studying at a language school in Spain probably learned far more than you ever did after four years of university-level Spanish study. Studying at a language school in a country where the target language is spoken is highly effective because it immerses students in the language learning process. Inside of the classroom, teachers typically speak in the language that is being taught, so students are exposed to the language as much as possible. Taking a language course in a language you do not understand can be difficult at first, but you come to understand a lot more than you would otherwise because the teacher speaks slowly and clearly while using lots of gestures. On the other hand, if the teacher continues speaking in your native language, you’ll never get past the stage of translating every word you learn into your native language. When a teacher only speaks in the language your learning, you’re forced to think in the new language.

At language schools, you can study one-on-one or as a group. Typically, one-on-one courses are more costly than group classes. However, one-on-one classes offer the ideal set up since they are taught at your pace and you get to decide what you would like to study and which course materials you will use. Group classes are usually best for beginners since most people starting from scratch are at around the same level. Furthermore, group classes are fun and give you the opportunity to meet and interact with new people. If you study a new language on a budget, one-on-one classes will be a lot more affordable for you in a developing country. On the other hand, if you study in a country with a high cost of living and you’re on a tight budget, the costs of one-on-one language training may be out of reach. The cost of tuition is certainly something important to consider when selecting a language school. For example, studying Spanish in Latin America is far less expensive than studying Spanish in Spain. However, the accent and words you learn in Latin America will be very different from what you would learn in Spain. Accommodations are another factor to consider when selecting a language school. Does the language school offer to let you stay in the home of a local host family? Will you receive help finding a hotel or other accommodations? Your best bet is probably to stay with a local host family because you will be immersed in the language 24/7 while getting a glimpse into local customs and culture. However, you may feel uncomfortable staying with a family and prefer the freedom of staying in your own hotel room or apartment instead. No single accommodation choice is the best for everyone, although the majority of language school students find that staying with a host family is the ideal way to learn a new language and interact with a new culture. If you stay at a hotel or apartment with other students, you will probably end up speaking your native tongue most of the time and the exposure you get to the language you’re learning will be minimal. While staying with other students and going out with them every night might make for a fun vacation and great memories, you won’t learn as much about the culture of the host country.

Another factor to consider when selecting a language school is whether you want to be in the city or the country. Both locations have their advantages and disadvantages. Cities are cultural centers that are full of attractions and activities. However, the countryside will put you in touch with the less seen side of a culture. Furthermore, some language students prefer to be in the country because there are fewer foreigners
around and it is easier to be immersed in the language. Ultimately, no route is the best route for every language student. You have to make decisions based on your personal tastes and requirements. Whatever your learning style may be, find a language school that can accommodate it in order to enhance your overall language learning experience.

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Maxime Braire is passionate about education, and is totally absorbed by language travel, and language schools abroad for students from all over the world. The immersion programs offered by MyLanguageTravel are some of the best in the world, and are much sought after. Log into http://www.mylanguagetravel.com to learn more.

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