MOST UK veterinary students have attended selective/private schools situated in affluent areas and are supported by parents on relatively high incomes. With the aim of increasing the diversity of its graduates, the Royal Veterinary College created the first veterinary widening participation (‘Gateway’) programme in England specifically to target applicants from non-traditional, low income backgrounds. In this article, Rachel Payne explains why the programme — which has been running since September 2005 — came about, and how it works.
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