Veterinary Careers Day (ZSL Whipsnade Zoo) - FAQS

Please read through the frequently asked questions below before applying.

How much does it cost per student?
The cost per student is £120. This need to be paid in full alongside the student's application.

What are the age restrictions?
Places for the event is limited to 40 students aged 13-18 and who are in full-time education. Participants must be at least 13 years old on the day of the course. Students will be accompanied by staff during all sessions.

How do I book a place on the Zoo Vet Careers Day?
We are now taking bookings for 2016. Please click here to find out more.

What personal qualities does the student need?
Students need to be in full-time education and interested to work within the veterinary professions. You will be working with other young people and ZSL staff, so you must be a good team player and be willing to take part in a range of practical and classroom based activities.

Will the practical tasks be suitable for 13-18 year olds?
We have carefully selected practical tasks that are enjoyable yet appropriate for a group of young people. We risk assess all tasks so your experience is safely managed.

How many students take part on the course?
Each event will have a maximum of 40 students although this group will be broken into smaller groups for the practical sessions. Many will be like you and want to pursue a career working with animals in a variety of different fields. This course is designed to enable young people to gain practical experience. The whole course is supervised by a member of the education team to ensure an enjoyable, yet safe experience for all participants.

What is expected from the students?
We expect exemplary behaviour from all participants, towards each other, zoo visitors, ZSL staff as well as our animals!

Failure to behave in the expected manner could lead to removal from the course. ZSL reserves the right to remove a participant from the course for:

  • Unsociable behaviour
  • Endangering themselves and/or others
  • Compromising animal welfare

What happens if I am ill during the course?
If for any reason you cannot attend then please phone the Education department before 9.30am on the day of the course and leave a message. Please state your name, contact telephone number and the reason you are unable to attend. Direct phone number: 01582 -871514.

When is payment required?
You will be asked for payment alongside your application form. Your place on the course is not secure before payment has been received. Your place cannot be confirmed without the completed consent form. Please ensure you have their permission before applying.

Can I smoke during the course?
Smoking will not be allowed for the duration of the day 10.30am – 4.30pm.

Are lunch and refreshments included?
No, you will need to bring your own packed lunch and drinks for each day of the course.
Lunch times will be supervised and we may not be able to get to the zoo restaurant.

What clothing and equipment will I need to bring with me?
You will be in a working environment so please make sure you wear sensible clothes and shoes with enough layers for cold weather. You may also want a notepad and pen/pencil. If you are unsure what to wear please ring 01582-871514 (Whipsnade Zoo) before the course starts.

Can I bring a camera with me?
You are welcome to bring your own camera to record what you get up to on the day. However, the zoo takes no responsibility for loss or damage of personal clothing and equipment including cameras. ZSL staff will also be taking photos which can be made available to you after the course as well.

Will I be able to provide feedback on the course?
To aid the constant improvement of the ZSL Zoo Veterinary Careers Day we will ask you to fill in an evaluation form before and after the event.

Further Questions

Please contact or call 01582-871514 with any further questions you may have.