Almost half of vets (46%) working in the UK today had resolved to become a vet while they were still at primary school, according to figures released by the BVA to celebrate World Veterinary Day this Saturday (29 April).

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46% of vets working in the UK today had resolved to become a vet while they were still at primary school. Image © Oksana Kuzmina / Fotolia.

The most recent BVA Voice of the Veterinary Profession survey revealed younger vets were more likely to decide on a veterinary career at a young age, with 53% of those younger than 35 settling on veterinary medicine by the age of 10.

However, more than a quarter of vets (28%) said they had decided to become a vet as young as 8 years of age.

Caring for animals

Three-quarters (76%) of vets surveyed said their choice was driven by an interest in caring for animals.

An interest in science, with a primary focus on clinical practice, was mentioned by 51%.

A third of vets (32%) mentioned the variety of work a veterinary career would provide as an influencing factor, with the majority of the vets (58%) reflecting their career choice had met this expectation, rating their job variety/interest as excellent or very good.

‘Long-standing ambition’

BVA president Gudrun Ravetz said: “It’s lovely to hear so many of my fellow vets made the decision as early as I did.

“Veterinary medicine is a long-standing ambition and a cherished vocation for many vets, as well as a challenging and rewarding career.

“I had definitely decided I wanted to become a vet by the time I was seven. That’s what I would always say I wanted to be when asked by adults.

“Like most of the vets surveyed, I was influenced by loving and caring for the pets in my home.

“The only vets I knew were those we visited with the dog, but I can’t ever remember wanting to be anything else.”

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