Top vet school student from Hassocks makes plea for funds

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Student Ellie Davies has secured a place in the top three best vet school in the world despite her studies being impacted when her father passed away.

Because the Hassocks student had to take a unusual route to vet school and has therefore already completed a degree in Biomedical Sciences she is no longer eligible to receive more grants to pay the £9,000 per year tuition fees she will soon face.

Ellie, 23, said she was ‘thrilled’ to have got into the Royal veterinary college (RVC) London - the top veterinary college in UK and Europe.

“I’m so thrilled about it I cannot put into words what this means to me,” she said.

“Unfortunately I don’t have £36,000 for the fees. I have saved as much money through working as a veterinary receptionist for the past six months, which I will put towards living costs and equipment, but it’s far from what I need for even one year of tuition.

“I have written to trusts and charities for support which has not been very successful, so I still need help. Sadly if I am unable to get the funds together I will not be able to complete the degree, and I really can’t let this opportunity slip away.

“I have always cared for animals and wanted to work with them, specifically as a vet.

“With that determination I worked towards fulfilling my dream, however during my college years the unimaginable happened and my father passed away unexpectedly.

“As you can appreciate it was a very difficult time and unfortunately this impacted on my grades, just falling short of the required AAA.

“Knowing that I couldn’t apply to vet school at the time I opted to study Biomedical sciences at university, as I have always been fascinated by science and enjoyed learning this subject. However, whilst at university I knew I couldn’t give up on my veterinary dream, and so I got all the necessary work experience and prepared my university application. To my absolute delight I have been offered a place of study on the graduate course at the RVC.”

I have come so far already and I cannot wait for my vet journey to begin, I just need to work to raise those precious funds.

The RVC is ranked third best out of 327 institutions offering veterinary science courses worldwide and is the only independent veterinary school in the top three.

QS World University Rankings judged the college on academic and employer reputation, citations per teacher and assessed the numbers of faculty citations within academic publications.

The ranking system surveys tens of thousands of academic respondents and around 27,000 employers across the globe.

To sponsor Ellie visit her online funding page:

She has also set up a Twitter account which she plans to use to keep people updated on her vet school journey.

Anyone who sponsors her will be able to see how their funding is going to good use. She will be doing this via her Twitter account which can be followed using the handle @thevetjourney

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