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Why did the UCD School of Veterinary Medicine bring in this requirement? This requirement is to help you, as a prospective student, decide on a career in Veterinary Medicine. It will give you additional knowledge of the career and the profession and prepare you for your veterinary studies by providing some animal handling and husbandry knowledge and skills.
What is the actual requirement?

The requirement is for 60 hours of animal or veterinary experience. This experience should cover at least two of the following four animal categories:
1. Pets (Dogs and cats);
2. Horses;
3. Farm animals (cattle, sheep, pigs, goats);
4. Wildlife/zoo

Only animal categories for which you have a minimum of 5 hours experience will be considered.

Does the experience have to be taken in a block of one week or two weeks? No. The experience can be made up of shorter periods, but the entire experience should amount to 60 hours.
How will I apply and what are the deadlines?

You must apply via CAO for Veterinary Medicine DN300 by 1 February. Late applications will not be considered.

You will receive an email from UCD in January/February (depending on when you apply) advising you of how to submit the information about your practical experience online. You will need to upload a signed practical experience form for each placement. The closing date for submitting the details of your animal/veterinary experience will be 20 March 2018 at 5 pm.

What information will be required? The only details you will need to provide are the name of the premises, the number of hours experience, the animal category, and contact details for the responsible person who will verify your experience and upload a signed practical experience form for each placement.
What if I’m doing my experience after the closing date?

For experience to be considered it must have been completed before the closing date of 20 March 2018.

Only practical experience undertaken between 1 February 2015 and 20 March 2018 will be taken in to consideration

Who will decide on whether my experience is sufficient? A sub-committee of the UCD School of Veterinary Medicine admissions committee will review the forms and decide whether you meet the criteria.
How do you verify applicants actually have the experience they claim?

The UCD School of Veterinary Medicine will verify each application by contacting the persons listed on the application form. Experience that cannot be verified will not be accepted.

Who is the responsible person? The responsible person who can verify your experience will be the owner or manager of the animal premises where you worked. The responsible person cannot be a parent/guardian.
Will experience gained before transition year in school qualify? Experience gained from the 1st Feb 3 years prior to application will qualify; e.g. applicants for 2018 can include experience from 1 February 2015.
Will prospective applicants be required to gain direct experience with both companion and farm animals?

Not necessarily. Your 60 hours experience must include a minimum of 5 hours experience with two of the following four categories of animals:

  1. Pets (e.g. Dogs and cats);
  2. Horses;
  3. Farm animals (cattle, sheep, pigs, goats);
  4. Wildlife/zoo.
Will experience gained abroad count? Yes, as long as it can be verified
Will my experience by graded? No. It will be a simple pass or fail to meet the requirements
Does the School of Veterinary Medicine offer any help to applicants unable to get the required experience?

The School hosts a Summer School for a small group of prospective applicants. This is a week long programme which covers 30 hours of the requirements across three animal types.

Completing the Summer School will count for 30 hours of the required experience, but will not confer any higher ranking on you, or secure you a place on the Veterinary Medicine programme. You will still be required to complete another 30 hours of experience to meet the requirements for entry.

If you complete this, you will be given a certificate of attendance which you can upload to show this experience.

Does experience gained in another academic programme e.g. Animal Science, Veterinary Nursing count? Yes, but it must be signed off by the appropriate module coordinator and cover the handling requirements on the practical experience form.
How do I know that my form has been received? There will be an automatic notification of receipt. If you think you have submitted your form but don't receive a receipt within 24 hours, please contact UCD Registry Admissions
When will I know that my Practical Experience has been approved?

If you completed the form and DN300 remains on your application, you will receive notification before 30th June of the year of application at the latest.

I have a (pony, dog, cat, rabbit, bird…) at home and am completely responsible for looking after them. Does this count as appropriate experience? No. - handling pets with which you are familiar is not sufficient experience.
I was born and raised on a dairy farm (or other such enterprise). Can this be used to meet the farm animal requirement? Yes but only if it was externally supervised. Your parent/guardian cannot be the person who signs your practical experience form.
Can a parent sign off on my experience? No. There must be some external supervision.
Who should be contacted in case of queries? If you have technically difficulty with the form or please contact UCD Registry Admissions.

If you want to ask about details of the experience requirements, please contact the UCD School of Veterinary Medicine.

I have been offered DN300 and I want to defer? will I need to submit my experience again? No. If you have an official deferral from UCD Admissions, you simply need re-apply through CAO for DN300 only and notify admissions of your new CAO number.
I'm going to repeat the Leaving Cert and apply again. My experience was approved this year - will I need to submit it again?

Yes. Approved experience will stand for the 2 subsequent application years. So if you applied in 2017 and were approved, your experience will stand for 2018 and 2019.

However, you must still enter the form, indicating that you were previously approved, with the CAO number under which you were approved.