Veterinary Medicine and Surgery including a Preliminary Year - BVM BVS with BVMed Sci

   
   
  

Fact file - 2017 entry

UCAS code:D104
Qualification:BVMBVS
Type and duration:6 year UG
Qualification name:Veterinary Medicine including a Preliminary Year
UCAS code
UCAS code
D104
Qualification
Veterinary Medicine including a Preliminary Year | BVMBVS
Duration
6 years full time UG
A level offer
AAB
Required subjects
any subjects at A and AS level (to include, at most, only one of biology and chemistry and excluding critical thinking and general studies); biology and chemistry cannot both be taken at AS level. If taking biology, chemistry and/or physics, applicants are required to pass the practical element of assessment if assessed separately. Minimum five grade As at GCSE, minimum of grade B in chemistry (or double science), English language and maths 
IB score
34 (6, 6, 5, to include, at most, one of biology or chemistry at Higher Level) including a minimum of five grade As at GCSE, minimum of grade B in chemistry (or double science), English language and maths
Course location
Sutton Bonington 
Course places
20
 

Overview

During the preliminary year you’ll build on your scientific knowledge as well as develop animal-handling skills to prepare you for direct entry into year one of the five-year course.
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This course has been designed for able students who do not have the required science qualifications (but have high academic achievement in non-science or vocational subjects or extensive experience) for direct entry into year one of the five-year veterinary programme. In the preliminary year, the basic science subjects of animal biology, chemistry and animal care and behaviour are taught in integrated modules that illustrate how these key areas interlink. You will learn key chemical concepts, and the knowledge required of animal biology. You will also develop animal handling skills, an understanding of relevant industries and an appreciation of the role of animals in society. During the year you will enhance your animal handling and husbandry skills by undertaking placements. On successful completion of the Preliminary Year you will join the first year of the five-year BVM BVS with integrated BVMedSci course.

Year one 

In the preliminary year, the basic science subjects of animal biology, chemistry and animal care and behaviour are taught in integrated modules that illustrate how these key areas interlink. You will learn key chemical concepts, and the knowledge required of animal biology. You will also develop animal handling skills, an understanding of relevant industries and an appreciation of the role of animals in society. During the year you will enhance your animal handling and husbandry skills by undertaking placements.

Find out more about how you will learn and be assessed, including an example first-year timetable for the five-year course on our teaching website

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Entry requirements

A levels: AAB, including any subjects at A2 and AS (to include, at most, only one of biology and chemistry and excluding general studies and critical thinking), only one of maths and further maths considered; biology and chemistry cannot both be taken at AS level. Applicants are also required to pass the practical element of assessment in A level biology, chemistry and/or physics if assessed separately. Minimum of five grade As at GCSE, minimum of grade B in chemistry (or double science), maths and English language

English language requirements 

IELTS 7.5 (no less than 7.0 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

Students who require extra support to meet the English language requirements for their academic course can attend a presessional course at the Centre for English Language Education (CELE) to prepare for their future studies.

Students who pass at the required level can progress directly to their academic programme without needing to retake IELTS.

Please visit the CELE webpages for more information.

Alternative qualifications 

Access courses: we will consider applicants who have undertaken access courses on an individual basis.  60 credits overall with 45 at level 3, of which 30 credits must be distinction.  Minimum of grade B in maths and English language GCSE.

Degree: at least 2:1 in a non-animal, biology or chemistry related subject with supporting GCSE and A level qualifications as detailed above.

Irish Leaving Certificate: Minimum of grades AAABB at Higher level to include, at most, grade As in only one of biology and chemistry (for pre 2017 grading) or H1 in biology and chemistry and H3 in the third subject (for post 2017 grading); minimum of five grade As at Irish Junior Certificate to include all sciences, minimum of grade B in chemistry, maths and English language.

Scottish Advanced Highers: grades AA (to include, at most, only one of biology and chemistry); minimum of grades AABBB at Higher level (biology and chemistry cannot both be taken at Higher level); minimum of five grade ones in Scottish Standards, minimum of grade two in chemistry, maths and English language.

Vocational qualifications

DDD at BTEC National Diploma (subjects considered on an individual basis), with supporting GCSE qualifications as above.

Distinction at Higher National Diploma/ Higher National Certificate (subjects considered on an individual basis) with supporting level two and three qualifications as above.

Other qualifications

For advice on academic profiles not covered, please contact us directly. International qualifications will be considered on an individual basis but will need to be equivalent to our A2 level and GCSE requirements.

Registered Veterinary Nurses can apply with RVN qualification and a minimum of grade B in English and maths GCSE.

Flexible admissions policy

In recognition of our applicants’ varied experience and educational pathways, The University of Nottingham employs a flexible admissions policy. We may make some applicants an offer lower than advertised, depending on their personal and educational circumstances. Please see the University’s admissions policies and procedures for more information.

 

Notes for applicants 

Students with disabilities - 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 this school for advice before applying.

Students with criminal convictions - we use the disclosure service of the Criminal Records Bureau to assess the suitability of applicants. We undertake not to discriminate unfairly against conviction or other information revealed.

 
 

Modules


Typical Preliminary Year Modules

Chemistry: Atomic Structure and Bonding
This eight week module introduces you to atoms, moles and equations, and aims to provide you with a basic understanding of the periodic table, chemical bonding and structure. Lectures, practicals and self-study sessions will be delivered flexibly within an overall duration of 14 hours per week.
 
Chemistry: Compounds and Reactions
You will be given an introduction to various topics including: chemical energetics; redox reactions; acids, bases and buffers; and organic compounds. Lectures, practicals and self-study sessions will be delivered flexibly within an overall duration of 14 hours per week over eight weeks.
 
Biology: Cell Structure
You will be given a general introduction to a variety of topics including: cell structure; biological molecules; enzymes; cellular respiration; cell membranes and transport; and genetic control of protein structure. Lectures, practicals and self-study sessions will be delivered flexibly within an overall duration of 14 hours per week for 16 weeks
 
Biology: Health and Disease
During this eight week module, you will examine and consider the causes of diseases, inherited disease and genetics, immunity and the respiratory system. Lectures, practicals and self-study sessions will be delivered flexibly within an overall duration of 14 hours per week.
 
Biology: An Introduction to Body Systems
You will be introduced to some of the main topics for future study, such as the cardiovascular system, the gastrointestinal system, the nervous system, the musculoskeletal system and the reproductive system. Lectures, practicals and self-study sessions will be delivered flexibly within an overall duration of 14 hours per week for eight weeks.
 
Introductory Maths (for preliminary veterinary students)
You will be given a brief introduction to a variety of mathematical topics including: decimal places; rounding and significant figures; fractions and ratios; powers, indices and scientific notation; logarithms; and graphing. This module will be delivered flexibly within an overall duration of four hours per week over seven weeks.
 
 

Typical Year One Modules

Veterinary Musculoskeletal System 1
This eight week module will give you an understanding of the structure and function of the musculoskeletal system in common domestic animals and other selected species. Through identifying key musculoskeletal structures on skeleton models, dissected specimens, radiographs, live animals and microscopy, you will gain an appreciation of the significance and clinical relevance of different structures. During an average timetabled week, you will spend around ten hours in lectures, eight hours in practicals, six hours in self-directed study sessions and three hours in clinical relevance sessions.
 
Veterinary Cardiorespiratory System 1
This eight week module will develop your knowledge of the cardiovascular and respiratory systems, including the structural and functional events of circulation and ventilation, their regulation and adaptation and the development of the cardiovascular and respiratory systems. Through this, you will be able to interpret diagnostic tests and results of physical examinations of the cardiovascular and respiratory systems. In an average timetabled week, you will spend around ten hours in lectures, eight hours in practicals, six hours in self-directed study sessions and three hours in clinical relevance sessions.
 
Lymphoreticular Cell Biology 1
During this two week module, you will study a variety of topics including: the origin and differentiation of bone marrow cells; the process of blood clotting; the principles of blood groups and blood group testing; the origin and structure of lymphoid tissues; the principles of immunity; and the structure of DNA and synthesis of proteins. In an average timetabled week, you will spend around nine hours in lectures, eight hours in practicals, six hours in self-directed study sessions and three hours in clinical relevance sessions.
 
Veterinary Neuroscience 1
During this eight week module, you will consider the development, structure and function of the neurological system in common domestic animals and other selected species. Through considering the examination and diagnostic techniques used in the evaluation of the neurological system, you will be given an introduction to clinical neurology and the study of animal behaviour. In an average timetabled week, you will spend around 10 hours in lectures, eight hours in practicals, six hours in self-directed study sessions and three hours in clinical relevance sessions.
 
Animal Health and Welfare 1
This module runs throughout your first year and provides an introduction to the health and husbandry of common species, as well as a basic understanding of UK animal industries and the role of different species in society. You will spend around three hours per week in lectures or practicals and will be introduced to some of the key animal handling and practical skills required to participate in your pre-clinical Extra Mural Studies (EMS).
 
Veterinary Personal and Professional Skills 1
This module runs throughout your first year and will provide you with an understanding of the basic principles of veterinary science and the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons' ‘Guide to Professional Conduct’. You will also have the opportunity to access a range of learning resources and basic computer programmes to aid your studies. During most weeks, you will typically spend around two hours in activities for completion of this module.
 
 

Typical Year Two Modules

Veterinary Gastrointestinal System 1
This 11 week module will develop your knowledge of the gastrointestinal system, including the liver, pancreas and peritoneum. You will study digestion, the development, regulation and adaption of the gastrointestinal system and the formation of developmental abnormalities. Through this, you will be able to interpret diagnostic tests and results of physical examinations of the gastrointestinal system. In an average timetabled week, you will spend around nine hours in lectures, eight hours in practicals, six hours in self-directed study sessions and two hours in clinical relevance sessions.
 
Veterinary Endocrine and Integument Systems 1
This five week module will guide you through the basic anatomy, physiology and pharmacology of the endocrine and integument systems, covering aspects of histology, function and clinical dermatology. You will focus on the non-reproductive endocrine system, particularly considering the pituitary, adrenal and thyroid glands and the endocrine pancreas alongside ectoparasitology, microbiology and cytology. During an average timetabled week, you will spend around ten hours in lectures, eight hours in practicals, six hours in self-directed study sessions and two hours in clinical relevance sessions.
 
Veterinary Reproduction 1
In this six week module, you will study the reproductive system, considering male and female reproductive function, embryo/foetal and placental development, parturition and lactation. Through this, you will be able to interpret diagnostic tests and results of physical examinations of the reproductive system. In an average week, you will spend around 10 hours in lectures, eight hours in practicals, 12 hours in self-directed study sessions and four hours in clinical relevance sessions.
 
Veterinary Urinary System 1
During this three week module, you will develop your knowledge of the urinary system including its regulation, the structure and function of water and electrolyte balance and homeostasis. You will also look at the development and clinical evaluation of the urinary system. On average, you will spend around ten hours in lectures, eight hours in practicals, six hours in self-directed study sessions and two hours in clinical relevance sessions each week.
 
Animal Health and Welfare 2
Running throughout your second year, you will further develop your expertise in the health and husbandry of common species, particularly in the areas of reproduction and nutrition. You will also be given an introduction to welfare science, ethics and law, and will consider the interactions between animal housing, husbandry and disease. Lectures and/or practicals will be delivered flexibly within an overall duration of four hours per week.
 
Veterinary Personal and Professional Skills 2
This year long module will give you an understanding of the basic principles of veterinary science, including history taking and diagnostic imaging. You will also consider the application of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons' ‘Guide to Professional Conduct’, examining key areas such as ethics and confidentiality. During most weeks, you will typically spend around two hours in activities.
 
 

Typical Year Three Modules 

Veterinary Research Project
This 12 week module gives you the opportunity to experience research methods by designing a research programme and performing experiments, surveys or other research activities aimed at solving a specific veterinary problem. You will collect, analyse and interpret data, read and collate information relevant to your study and write a clear and concise report. You will be assigned your own supervisor who will guide you throughout the development of your project and will be available to meet you for discussion.
 
Principles of Clinical Veterinary Science
This six week module introduces you to a variety of topics including: the principles of pathology; the principles of microbiology; the principles of parasitology; the principles of pharmacology and the principles of immunology. During a typical week studying this module, you will spend around nine hours in lectures, ten hours in practicals, seven hours in self-directed study sessions and two hours in clinical relevance sessions. 
 
Clinical and Professional Skills
This module gives you an introduction to clinical skills necessary for carrying out veterinary surgery and anaesthesia, diagnostic imaging, diagnostic cytology and case planning. It also aims to equip you with the necessary professional skills needed when considering the importance of giving advice to clients and dealing with bereavement. The module will be delivered through lectures, seminars and practical classes.  
 
Veterinary Public Health
This year-long module will provide you with an introduction to veterinary public and animal health standards, including processes and issues surrounding animal foodstuffs, transmittable and notifiable diseases and animal welfare. Lectures, practicals and/or self-study session will be delivered flexibly within an overall duration of four hours per week.
 
 

Typical Year Four Modules

Veterinary Cardiorespiratory System 2
This five week module, will give you an understanding of the mechanisms of disease and will enable you to select the most appropriate diagnostic tests and therapies for animals presenting with cardiorespiratory disease. During an average week for this module, you will spend around eight hours in lectures, six hours in practicals and seven hours in self-directed study sessions.
 
Veterinary Endocrine and Integument Systems 2
During this four week module, you will cover the causes, symptoms, diagnosis and management of diseases of the endocrine and integument systems in the common domesticated species, with particular reference to diseases of the pituitary, adrenal, thyroid and parathyroid glands and the endocrine pancreas. You will also discuss causes, symptoms, diagnosis and management of diseases of the skin and related structures such as hair, hoof, horn and claw in the common domesticated species. In an average week, you will spend around ten hours in lectures, six hours in practicals, six hours in self-directed study sessions and two hours in clinical relevance sessions.
 
Veterinary Gastrointestinal System 2
During this six week module, you will be given an understanding of the mechanisms of disease, develop the ability to select the most appropriate diagnostic tests and identify suitable therapies for animals presenting with gastrointestinal disease. In an average week, you will spend around 11 hours in lectures, six hours in practicals and six hours in self-directed study sessions.
 
Lymphoreticular Cell Biology 2
In this one week module you will consider the aetiology and pathology of diseases of the lymphoreticular and haemopoetic systems including symptoms, diagnosis, treatment and management of diseases which can affect the bone marrow, blood and lymphoid systems. During an average week, you will spend around 14 hours in lectures, four hours in practicals and five hours in self-directed study sessions.
 
Veterinary Musculoskeletal System 2
During this five week module, you will be given an understanding of the aetiology and pathology of diseases of the musculoskeletal system and the ability to identify symptoms, diagnose disease and identify the most appropriate treatments. In an average week, you will spend around 11 hours in lectures, six hours in practicals and six hours in self-directed study sessions.
 
Veterinary Neuroscience 2
In this three week module, you will discuss the causes, symptoms, diagnosis and management of diseases of the neurological system in the common domesticated species. On average, you will spend around 11 hours in lectures, six hours in practicals and six hours in self-directed study sessions during a typical week.
 
Veterinary Reproduction 2
Through this five week module, you will develop the ability to diagnose and treat disorders of the male and female reproductive systems, along with the complications arising during pregnancy in a variety of common species. You will understand the mechanisms of diseases and reproductive disorders, select the most appropriate diagnostic tests and identify suitable therapies for affected animals. In an average week, you will spend around nine hours in lectures, eight hours in practicals and five hours in self-directed study sessions.
 
Veterinary Urinary System 2
This two week module will provide you with an understanding of the mechanisms of disease, the most appropriate diagnostic tests and suitable therapies for animals presenting with urinary tract diseases. On average, you will spend around nine hours in lectures, four hours in practicals and 11 hours in self-directed study sessions.
 
Veterinary Personal and Professional Skills 4
Throughout the course of this two week long module, you will gain an understanding of a variety of topics including: veterinary working relationships; business management; business entrepreneurship; the role of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons in veterinary professional life; and veterinary career opportunities. Lectures, self study sessions and/or practicals will be delivered flexibly within an overall duration of six hours per over the two weeks. 
 
 

Typical Year Five Modules

During this lecture-free final year, you will undertake 25 weeks of rotations both in the school and with the school's Clinical Associates. Rotations are divided into three themes: 
  • equine 
  • small animal
  • farm animal, veterinary public health, zoo and wildlife practice
Each of the 25 weeks comprises 32 hours contact time and is scheduled locally at Clinical Associates and within the school.

Veterinary Clinical Practice (Equine) 

You will undertake your equine clinical practice at the following sites:

  • Oakham Equine Veterinary Hospital (four weeks)
  • Scarsdale Equine practice (two weeks)
You will apply and develop the clinical knowledge and skills you have learnt in years one to four of the course, ensuring that you meet competencies required by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons.
 
 
Veterinary Clinical Practice (Small Animal)
You will undertake your small animal clinical practice at the following sites:
  • Dick White Referrals (two weeks)
  • PDSA Small Animal practice (two weeks)
  • Pride Veterinary Centre (four weeks)
You will apply and develop the clinical knowledge and skills you have learnt in years one to four of the course, ensuring that you meet competencies required by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons. 
 
Veterinary Clinical Practice (Farm Animal, Veterinary Public Health, Zoo and Wildlife Practice)
You will undertake your farm animal, veterinary public health, zoo and wildlife clinical practice at the following sites:
  • Scarsdale farm animal practice (two weeks)
  • Scarsdale farm skills (two weeks)
  • School of Veterinary Medicine and Science herd health (two weeks)
  • School of Veterinary Medicine and Science veterinary public health (two weeks)
  • Twycross Zoo, wildlife and exotics (one week)
  • Veterinary Laboratories Agency (pathology) and Minster poultry and game bird practice (two weeks)
You will apply and develop the clinical knowledge and skills you have learnt in years one to four of the course, ensuring that you meet competencies required by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons. 
 
Veterinary Personal and Professional Skills 5
Throughout your placements over this lecture-free final year, you will further develop your knowledge of a variety of topics with completion of a portfolio, including: veterinary working relationships; business management and entrepreneurship; the role of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons and the Veterinary Defence Society; and veterinary career opportunities. 
 
 

The modules we offer are inspired by the research interests of our staff and as a result may change for reasons of, for example, research developments or legislation changes. The above list is a sample of typical modules we offer, not a definitive list.

 
 

Careers

On successful completion of the Preliminary Year you will join the first year of the five-year BVMBVS with integrated BMedSci course (D100)

  • Professional recognition

RCVSThis course is recognised by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons and European Association of Establishments for Veterinary Education (EAEVE)

  • Average starting salary and career progression

In 2015, 100% of first-degree graduates in the school who were available for employment had secured work or further study within six months of graduation. The average starting salary was £26,154 with the highest being £33,500.*

*Known destinations of full-time home first degree undergraduates 2014/15. Salaries are calculated based on those in full-time paid employment within the UK.

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.  

The University of Nottingham is the best university in the UK for graduate employment, according to the 2017 The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide.

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Fees and funding

Scholarships and bursaries

The University of Nottingham offers a wide range of bursaries and scholarships. These funds can provide you with an additional source of non-repayable financial help. For up to date information regarding tuition fees, visit our fees and finance pages.

Home students*

Over one third of our UK students receive our means-tested core bursary, worth up to £2,000 a year. Full details can be found on our financial support pages.

* A 'home' student is one who meets certain UK residence criteria. These are the same criteria as apply to eligibility for home funding from Student Finance.

International/EU students

The University of Nottingham provides information and advice on financing your degree and managing your finances as an international student. The International Office offers a range of High Achiever Prizes for students from selected schools and colleges to help with the cost of tuition fees.

 
 
 

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Assessment

There is assessment associated with this programme that is not attached to a specific module. A total of 12 weeks Animal Husbandry Extra Mural Studies (EMS) and 26 weeks Clinical EMS is also undertaken. Animal Husbandry and Clinical EMS is organised in accordance with recommendations as defined by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, and completion of these placements is a mandatory requirement.

Extra Mural Studies expose students to the practical, ethical, financial, managerial and inter-personal aspects of professional practic. EMS placements are appropriately supervised and assessed and take place during vacations and during year five.  

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