The six-year BVM BVS with integrated BVMedSci including a Gateway Year course is newly designed to widen participation in veterinary medicine and surgery. This provides an opportunity to upskill capable students who might not otherwise consider entry to the profession. This course has been specifically developed for students who are studying science subjects but whose grades are not at the level required for direct entry into year one of the five-year BVM BVS programme, due to lack of opportunity or disadvantaging circumstances.
During the Gateway Year you will gain the relevant scientific knowledge required for the later years of the course. This fundamental scientific understanding will be set in the context of animal structure, function, health and husbandry. You will also develop animal handling and an appreciation of the role of animals in society.
Years two to six inclusive follow the programme of the five-year BVM BVS with integrated BVMedSci course.
A levels: BBC, including a minimum of five grade Bs at GCSE – grade B in chemistry, biology, physics (or dual science), maths and English; A levels (A2) grades BBC – grade B in biology and chemistry and grade C in a third subject. General studies and critical thinking not accepted.
We do not consider graduate students for this programme. Will only consider applicants entering HE for the first time.
Students must fulfil at least 3 of the following criteria:
Being a first generation entrant to Higher Education
Family, cultural or financial reasons for needing to study in the East Midlands
Attending a school or college without a strong tradition of progression to Higher Education
Attending a school or college with a low average A level score
Living in a deprived home location
Being (or having been) a refugee
Being (or having been) in local authority care (looked after)
Other disadvantaging circumstances (reviewed on an individual basis)
English language requirements
IELTS 7.5 (no less than 7.0 in any element)
TOEFL iBt 109 (no less than 25 in any element)
GCSE/O level English language – minimum grade B
Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English – minimum grade B
Fluency and competence in English are essential for these courses and will also be assessed first-hand at interview.
Access courses: we will consider applicants who have undertaken access courses on an individual basis.
DMM at BTEC National Diploma (subjects considered on an individual basis) including a minimum of five grade Bs at GCSE to include chemistry, biology, physics (or dual science), maths and English
Notes for applicants
Students with disabilties - the Veterinary Surgeons Act 1966 requires that veterinary surgeons are able to give at least basic and emergency treatment to all common domestic species. Students with any disability should contact the school for advice before applying.
Criminal Record Bureau - we use the disclosure service of the Criminal Records Bureau to assess the suitability of applicants. We undertake not to discriminate unfairly against any subject of a disclosure on the basis of a criminal conviction or other information revealed.
The modules we offer are inspired by the research interests of our staff and as a result, may change from year to year. The following list is therefore subject to change but should give you a flavour of the modules we offer.
Typical year-one modules
Veterinary Musculoskeletal System 1
Veterinary Cardiorespiratory System 1
Animal Health and Welfare 1
Lymphoreticular Cell Biology 1
Veterinary Personal and Professional Skills 1
Typical year-two modules
Veterinary Gastrointestinal System 1
Animal Health and Welfare 2
Veterinary Skin, Hoof and Horn 1
Veterinary Endocrine System 1
Veterinary Reproduction 1
Typical year-three modules
Veterinary Personal and Professional Skills 3
Principles of Clinical Veterinary Science
Veterinary Research Methods
Veterinary Practical Techniques
Veterinary Research Project
Typical year-four modules
Veterinary Public Health
Lymphoreticular Cell Biology 2
Veterinary Cardiorespiratory System 2
Veterinary Neuroscience 2
Veterinary Urinary System 2
Typical year-five modules
Typical year-six modules
Please contact the School for more information.
On successful completion of the Preliminary Year you will join the first year of the five-year BVMBVS with integrated BMedSci course (D100)
This course is recognised by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons and European Association of Establishments for Veterinary Education (EAEVE).
Average starting salary
The average starting salary for 2010/11 full-time graduates of the School of Veterinary medicine and Science was £25,356.*
*Average starting salary from known destinations of first-degree leavers who studied full-time, 2010/11.
Careers Support and Advice
Studying for a degree at The University of Nottingham will provide you with the type of skills and experiences that will prove invaluable in any career, whichever direction you decide to take. Throughout your time with us, our Careers and Employability Service can work with you to improve your employability skills even further; assisting with job or course applications, searching for appropriate work experience placements and hosting events to bring you closer to a wide range of prospective employers.
Have a look at our Careers page for an overview of all the employability support and opportunities that we provide to current students.