Telephone (24hr Service): 01933 222 145

Frequently Asked Questions

Below are a selection of questions aksed by clients and pet owners, we hope they help.

I am interested in becoming a vet, what qualifications do I need?

To become a vet you will need to go to university and complete a degree in Veterinary Science. There are currently 9 universities in the UK that offer the course – Royal Veterinary College in London aswell as Bristol, Cambridge, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Nottingham, Liverpool and Belfast Universities. The entry requirements differ slightly for each university, but competition is always fierce for places at these universities so it is advisable to get as much practical experience as possible in a variety of veterinary surgeries, farms, catteries, kennels etc. To find out more information visit the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons website at, or contact the universities directly to find out the entry requirement.

I am interested in becoming a veterinary nurse, what qualifications do I need?

There are several different ways of gaining the Veterinary Nursing qualification. To begin training as a veterinary nurse you need 5 GCSEs grade C or above including Maths, English and a Science. One way of training is to work in a veterinary practice for 2 years, going to college one day a week and completing a portfolio of competence. At the end of each year you will have exams to sit. The other ways of training are to go to university and complete a Foundation Degree or a Degree in Veterinary Nursing. These two options take longer either 3 or 4 years respectively. You still have to gain practical experience in practices and complete your portfolios. It is also a good idea to gain some practical experience in a vets, doing work experience, or some practices may employ weekend staff. For more information on becoming a veterinary nurse go to, or, .

I am interested in coming to Swanspool Vets for work experience, how do I go about this?

If you are interested in becoming a Vet or a Vet nurse and you are of a school age then you may match our criteria for work experience! Please contact our head nurse Allyson at along with your proposed dates and the reason you would like to spend some time with us. Please be aware we do receive lots of requests therefore get your applications in early if you are restricted to certain dates!

I have an emergency during the middle of the night what do i do?

Here at Swanspool, we are proud to offer you our own out of hour’s emergency service so if you do need to see a vet out of our normal surgery hours, you will see one of our own vets! Guaranteed! Just call our normal number 01933 222145 and you will be transferred to the on call vet.


Swanspool offers a complete service for you and your pet. Our emergency service is run out of normal opening hours and can be reached using our main telephone number.

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