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FAQs

Below is a list of questions that we have been asked at open days, through to some more general enquiries.  Topics covered include admissions, teaching & learning, school & campus facilities, accommodation and sports.  If you can't find the answer to your question here, please email veterinary-enquiries@nottingham.ac.uk .

Admissions 

Prospective students at an Open Day

What are the entry requirements?  
How flexible are the admissions requirements?
What other entry requirements will you accept?
How do I obtain a copy of the brochure?
Do you require BMAT ?
What are the tuition fees?
What are the fees charged to graduate students?
Can I defer my entry to 2014 and take a gap year?
What is the admissions policy?
What is the admissions process?
What is the on-line questionnaire?
What will happen at interview?
Will I have to undertake work experience?
Do you require references from my work experience?
Do you want to be sent my portfolio of case notes from my work experience?
Does work experience in research contribute to the necessary 6 weeks?
What other qualities do you look for in a potential student?
How long will it be before I know if I am offered a place?
What is the number of candidates accepted per year?
How many students will apply?
How many interviews will be given?
Can I transfer from another course either at Nottingham or any other University?
What is the relationship of the Vet School to the Pre-Veterinary Science Certificate run by the School of Biosciences?
I was ill during my GCSEs and have lower than predicted results, will you take this into account?
I have dyslexia, will you take this into account?
Why are GCSE grades important if you are capable of getting 3 As at A level?
I am doing a degree - when can I apply? 

The Course 

Students examining a sheep in a practical

What is a BVM BVS?
Will I be able to practice as a vet in the UK with a BVM BVS?
Is the course accredited by the RCVS?
Are you accredited by the AVMA (American Veterinary Medical Association)?
Will the course have any bias to large animals?
Is there a point in the course where a choice must be made about specialisations (e.g. large/small animal work)?
How will the course be taught?
What will I learn in each year?
When will I start to have contact with animals?
What is a problem oriented based approach to learning?
Why is there a specific research project in the middle of the course?
Can I take an intercalated degree?
Who will teach the course?
How many hours study will I have a week?
How big are the class sizes?
Will I have a personal tutor?
How is the course assessed?
What equipment would I need to buy for the course?
Is there going to be another Open Day?
How would business and communication skills be taught?
Will we develop shorter courses for graduates?
Will there be an opportunity to work abroad during the course?

The School and Student Life

Students at a ball

What Buildings and Facilities do you have?
Will you spend all 5 years at the Sutton Bonington campus?
How far is SB from Nottingham?
What is student life like at SB?
Where will I live?
What sort of financial support is the University offering?
What sports teams/activities/societies are available?
Is accommodation guaranteed?
Will you be providing students accommodation throughout the 5 years?
What will be the cost of all the accommodation?
Where can students go shopping for groceries, etc?
What grants are available for EU students?
Will we have access to sports teams at Nottingham?
How can I get any future relevant information?
Does the School have its own specialist library?
Would it be possible to bring a horse?


What are the entry requirements?

Entry requirements are located here .

How flexible are the admissions requirements?

Details can be located here .

What other entry requirements will you accept?

Entry requirements are located here .

How do I obtain a copy of the brochure?

Email veterinary-enquiries@nottingham.ac.uk  or download here .

Do you require BMAT?

No, we do not consider BMAT scores.

What are the tuition fees?

Details of fees can be found on the University's Policy and Planning pages.

What are the fees charged to graduate students?

We will be charging the standard tuition fee to graduate students.  Details of fees can be found on the University's Policy and Planning pages.

Can I defer my entry to 2014 and take a gap year?

Yes, we encourage imaginative and relevant use of any gap year.

What is the admissions policy?

It is important that the process of student administration into the Vet School is free from unfair discrimination of any kind. We operate an equal opportunities admission policy, all applications are considered equally on merit; students are selected on the basis of academic excellence and personal qualities, in comparison or compared with the pool of applicants.  For more detailed information, please read the details of our admissions process .

What is the admissions process?

An overview of our admissions process is located here .

What is the on-line questionnaire?

The on-line questionnaire is an integral part of our admissions process - you must spend time on this and complete it fully.  It allows you to provide supplementary information and evidence to demonstrate that you have the motivation, personal skills, attitude and ability to be a student at our Vet School.

What will happen at interview?

You will be invited to the Vet School where you will be given further information on the course.  You will have a structured interview by two members of staff for around 20 minutes.  The interviewers will look to probe your ability to cope with the course academically, your motivation towards a veterinary career and your personal qualities and skills.  You will be given an opportunity to ask any questions. You will also undertake a practical aptitude test where you will deal with clinical material. You should expect to handle a live animal at interview or in the practical.  In addition, you will undertake a group working exercise.

Will I have to undertake work experience?

We require at least 6 weeks work animal-related experience before you apply (which could be for example working at a practice, at a stables or on a farm)

Do you require references from my work experience?

We will consider references if sent, identified by your UCAS number to the Admissions Team.  They need to be with us by the 1st of December.

Do you want to be sent my portfolio of case notes from my work experience?

No, we do not want this work to be sent to us. You may bring it to interview and if time permits the interviewers may browse the data.

Does work experience in research contribute to the necessary 6 weeks?

We would consider this as work experience only if the research involved work with live animals.

What other qualities do you look for in a potential student?

We will be looking for evidence of skills that are needed to become a veterinary surgeon.  These include empathy, willingness to responsibility, integrity, team-working, intellectual ability, capacity to innovate, organisation, initiative and a wider understanding of the future developments and challenges offered by the veterinary profession.

How long will it be before I know if I am offered a place?

Applicants will be advised of our decision via UCAS up to 12 weeks after the final interview has taken place. All decisions will be made by the end of April.

What is the number of candidates accepted per year?

We will be taking around 100 students for the 5 year course, and approx 25 for the 6 year course (D104).  We also have approx 5 for the 6 year course (D190). 

How many students will apply?

We have over 1500 applications for our courses.

How many interviews will be given?

We will interview approximately 400 students.

Can I transfer from another course either at Nottingham or any other University?

Our course is fully integrated it is not possible to transfer from any other course into the BVM BVS.  You would need to apply for first year entry via UCAS.

What is the relationship of the Vet School to the Pre-Veterinary Science Certificate run by the School of Biosciences?

The Pre-Veterinary Science course is a one year certificate course that if successfully completed normally allows direct entry to the first year of the four year veterinary programme at St George's University, School of Veterinary Medicine, (SGUSVM) Grenada, West Indies, leading to the qualification DVM. Graduates of SGUSVM will be eligible to take the RCVS Statutory Membership Examination allowing them to practise in the UK.  It is not possible to transfer from this course into the first or any subsequent year of the BVM BVS.

I was ill during my GCSEs and have lower than predicted results, will you take this into account?

We would expect you to tell us whether your school had submitted mitigating circumstances to the relevant exam board.  If consideration had been given by the exam board then we would not allow further compensation.  If no compensation was applied for and proof of illness can be provided we would consider your application, although we would need your school to provide us with further information on your academic ability.  It is important that you flag this up with the Admissions Team as soon as possible and again confirm it once you have submitted your UCAS form (referencing your UCAS number).

I have dyslexia, will you take this into account?

We would expect you to tell us whether your school had submitted mitigating circumstances to the relevant exam board.  If consideration had been given by the exam board then we would not allow further compensation.  If no compensation was applied for and proof of your dyslexia can be provided we would consider your application, although would need your school to provide us with further information on your academic ability.  It is important that you flag this up with the Admissions Team as soon as possible and again confirm it once you have submitted your UCAS form (referencing your UCAS number).

Why are GCSE grades important if you are capable of getting 3 As at A’level?

GCSE grades are important as they demonstrate broad academic achievement.  In addition, five As at GCSE is broadly indicative of your prospective achievement at A level.

I am doing a degree - when can I apply?

If you are studying for a degree, you must be in your final year so that you have completed the degree prior to joining us.  We will not consider an application is you leave, or have left, a degree course without completing it. 

What is a BVM BVS?

This is two degrees – the Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine and the Bachelor of Veterinary Surgery.  You will need to obtain both degrees to practice as a veterinary surgeon.

Is the course accredited by the RCVS?

Yes, in June 2011, The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons made its unanimous recommendation for the degree's approval to the Privy Council after a detailed visitation and audit process. 

Will I be able to practice as a vet in the UK with a BVM BVS?

Yes.  All vet courses require accreditation from the RCVS to allow students to practice as vets on graduation, and this course now has its formal accreditation in place.  

Are you accredited by the AVMA (American Veterinary Medical Association)?

We are in communication with the AVMA.  We cannot be reviewed until we have 5 years of graduated students i.e. 2016/17. 

Will the course have any bias to large animals?

We provide you with the day one competencies required to successfully and competently enter the veterinary profession and we will supply you with a rounded education. The course is not biased towards large/small animals or equine.

Is there a point in the course where a choice must be made about specialisations (e.g. large/small animal work)?

No, the course will provide a rounded education.  It is not an objective to stream students to be partly specialised at graduation.  However students may be able to take advantage of opportunities to develop particular interests in their clinical years or through their research projects.

How will the course be taught?

The course is be taught by a mix of lectures, problem-oriented small group work and seminars, practicals and self-directed learning.

What will I learn in each year?

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When will I start to have contact with animals?

We believe that the best way to train veterinary surgeons is to ensure that they are exposed to patients and clinical case scenarios from the beginning of the course.

What is a problem oriented based approach to learning?

This approach develops critical thinking and problem identification and solving skills through a team based case investigation.  For example, a case may involve clinical examination of a patient, subsequent problem identification and solving will then integrate a number of topics learned throughout the course.  

Why is there a specific research project in the middle of the course?

We believe that research is critical to the development to many aspects of the veterinary profession.  Nottingham is a research-led University and our learning experience will draw upon leading-edge teaching methods and the latest research advances.  We also feel that there is a need to develop veterinary professionals that have a quest for continual learning.  Our research component will offer academic challenge and develop both professional and personal skills.

Can I take an intercalated degree?

Yes, it could be possible to integrate a Masters or PhD at Nottingham, and BSc degrees elsewhere,  subject to funding constraints. 

Who will teach the course?

The course is taught by Vet School academics, both at the Sutton Bonington campus and at local Clinical Associates.  Some small elements of the course may also be taught by other University of Nottingham Schools, and by Veterinary specialists.

How many hours study will I have a week?

The course is demanding.  You will work in the Vet School and Clinical Associates 4.5 days a week (lectures, practicals, seminars, self-directed learning).  On top of this you are expected to undertake further reading, preparation and assignments.  During rotations and placements you will also be expected to work overnights and at weekends.    

How big are the class sizes?

Formal teaching is given to the whole year group.  Problem oriented and rotational teaching are in groups of 5-12.

Will I have a Personal Tutor?

All Vet students are allocated a Personal Tutor for the duration of the course who will provide pastoral support, in addition to a dedicated student welfare administrator. Academic support is available from academic tutors and also an EMS co-ordinator.

How is the course assessed?

The course is assessed by a combination of examinations (both written and practical) and course assignments.

What equipment would I need to buy for the course?

Books, protective clothing, stethoscope, dissection kit are some of the things you will need.  A complete list will, of course, be provided following successful application.

Is there going to be another Open Day?

For details of upcoming open days, please check our open days and events page.

How would business and communication skills be taught?

Business and professional skills (including communication) is taught throughout the course.  You will be taught through lectures, seminars and workshops together with team-based and individual projects.  Staff from the Vet School, other University of Nottingham academic schools and practitioners will deliver this part of the curriculum ensuring that theory is augmented with practical application.

Will we develop shorter courses for graduates?

There are no plans to develop shorter courses for graduates.

Will there be an opportunity to work abroad during the course?

Some of the Extra Mural Studies and the research programme will offer opportunities for students to work abroad.

Who are the Clinical Associates?

We are in discussions with a number of locally based practices and other veterinary professionals.  We are planning to teach you by placing our clinical academics in these practices.  For more information, see our Clinical Associates page.

What buildings and facilities do you have?

The Veterinary School has state-of-the art facilities, including a large lecture theatre and seminar rooms, numerous small-group teaching rooms, dissection and teaching laboratories, surgery suite, and clinical skills laboratory. In addition, the School infrastructure has been designed to maximise e-learning, for example by investing in electronic whiteboards and video technology.  The School also provides stables for students' horses, and has a large indoor ménage and a dedicated smallholding.  

Will you spend all 5 years at the Sutton Bonington campus?

The Vet School is based at the Sutton Bonington campus.  You will be required to undertake EMS at farms, abbatoirs, zoos etc; in addition our clinical teaching will also be in part delivered by our local clinical associates.

How far is Sutton Bonington from Nottingham?

SB is 10 miles south of Nottingham.  There are numerous transport options, including shuttle buses, to allow you to experience the social and academic experiences available at the University Park campus and in the City.

What is student life like at Sutton Bonington?

There are around 1,400 undergraduates at the SB campus.  Currently the campus has its own active student union (The Guild), which organises many social and sporting activities.  Facilities include a sports centre and fields, student bar, restaurant, cafe, shop and library and all set on a 16 hectare campus in attractive South Nottinghamshire countryside.  There is a strong sense of community at SB, and student welfare and support is especially well provided for. 

Where will I live?

Two new halls of residence have been built at Sutton Bonington; all the self-catering accommodation units on the SB campus are a mix of Vet and Biosciences students.   Students in later years of the course normally live off-campus in private rented housing.

What sort of financial support is the University offering?

The University operates a bursary scheme for UK students, the level of which is based on the level of family income of the student. Where awarded, it will be available as a cash payment which is not repayable and is tenable throughout the course if income criteria continue to be met.

What sports teams/activities/societies are available?

There are literally hundreds of sports clubs, activity clubs, social, religious and cultural clubs based at both Sutton Bonington (through The Guild) and at the main University campus.  Please see the University of Nottingham Student Union website for further information.

Is accommodation guaranteed?

As a new undergraduate you're guaranteed a room in University-arranged accommodation for one year.

Will you be providing student accommodation throughout the 5 years?

The University does not usually provide accommodation for the entirety of the course, expecting students to live in privately rented accommodation.  The University provides support and advice to all students seeking private accommodation, whether singularly or as part of a group.

What will be the cost of all the accommodation?

For further information and details on accommodation, please see here .

Where can students go shopping for groceries, etc?

There are small shops on site, and some in Sutton Bonington village, but for supermarket shopping, there are Co-op foodstores in Kegworth (1.82 miles) and East Leake (3.90 miles). Tesco, Morrisons and Sainsburys can all be found in Loughborough, approximately 6 miles from the Campus.

What grants are available for EU students?

Unfortunately there are currently no University scholarships available at undergraduate level for EU students.  It is suggested that you enquire at the relevant Embassy.

Will we have access to sports teams at Nottingham?

Yes, you would be able to trial and compete for any of The University of Nottingham sports teams.  In addition there are sports teams that compete for Sutton Bonington campus.

How can I get any future relevant information?

Further information on the course is available in our brochure; we also aim to continually update our website.  We also publish quarterly newsletters and press releases via our website.

Does the School have its own specialist library?

The on-site library has an extensive veterinary section.  In addition all small group teaching rooms have mini-libraries comprising of core text books. 

Would it be possible to bring a horse?

Yes, there are many students who bring their horse. There are a large number of private livery yards that meet a range of requirements. However, the Vet School has its own 16 stables available for student horses. These are £45 per week for terms 1 and 2 and £30 per week for term 3 (2012/13) for DIY livery including some haylage and shavings.  We do expect your horse to be suitable to be used in equine practicals in return, this is stated in the contract.  We offer the stables to vet students first on a first come first served basis and if they are not filled they are offered to students on different courses. SB Guild has a Riding Club which runs regular competitions, and there is also a Riding Club and a Polo Club at the main campus. The competition facilities and hacking around Sutton Bonington are excellent. 

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School of Veterinary Medicine and Science

University of Nottingham
Sutton Bonington Campus
Leicestershire, LE12 5RD

telephone: +44 (0)115 951 6116
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email: veterinary-enquiries@nottingham.ac.uk