Highlights of veterinary medicine and surgery at Nottingham
- Benefit from animal handling experience from day one of the course
- Graduate with an additional award of BVMedSci, after completing an integrated research project in your third year
- Experience different veterinary placements, from first opinion veterinary surgeries to specialist referral centres
- Be part of the highest rated UK veterinary school for student satisfaction, based on the National Student Survey
- Join the only veterinary school in the world to win an ASPIRE award in recognition of our student engagement
This course is open to UK, EU and international students who have a passion for entering the veterinary profession. You will study basic veterinary sciences and clinical subjects. Teaching is delivered progressively in a clinically integrated programme so you are always seeing the clinical relevance of what you study.
The majority of the teaching is provided in body system-based modules (eg Cardiorespiratory System, Reproductive System) each covering all of the common domestic, wildlife and exotic species. This allows you to gain an overall picture of the body system by integrating more traditional subjects, such as anatomy and physiology.
Each module is delivered once as a veterinary science subject (during year one or two) and again as a clinical subject (during year three or four). We choose this curriculum style so you benefit from maximised animal handling and clinical experience. It also aids inter-year learning, with third and fourth years assisting with the teaching for the first and second years. This acts as revision for the senior students and early-year students feedback that they enjoy having that support from their peers.
The final year is lecture free with clinical rotations that means every two weeks you will experience a new environment, providing you with a broad learning platform. You will work with various species from dogs and cats in local practices to exotic animals at Twycross Zoo.
Years one and two
In the first two years you will learn primarily about the "normal" animal using clinical case examples and scenarios. You will also develop animal handling skills, and an understanding of animal husbandry, relevant industries and the role of animals in society. Personal and professional skills focuses on learning, communication and the professional role of the veterinary surgeon.
Year three – BVMedSci
In this year you will focus on a research project of your choice. You will further develop your understanding of principles underpinning clinical veterinary sciences. At the end of year three, you will graduate with a Bachelor of Veterinary Medical Sciences (BVMedSci) degree.
While other UK veterinary schools may offer an intercalated degree, we are the only school to offer an integrated BVMedSci. This means you won’t have to study for an additional year, saving on tuition fees and living costs.
The project is also your chance to work on real research. You will be supervised by a researcher from one our research groups. Some of our students have even had their research published.
There will still be some taught modules which are outlined below.
Years three and four
Your studies will continue with learning about animal production, trauma management, disease processes, diagnosis, management and prevention. This part of the course also integrates learning of pathological processes with the food industry, zoonotic disease and public health. Personal and professional skills are expanded to incorporate business skills and entrepreneurship.
The final year consists of a series of Clinical Practice Modules that comprise small-group clinical teaching in a hospital/practical/laboratory situation at our Clinical Associates. Teaching and learning is based upon observation, discussion and practical experience. At each institution students are under the supervision of University academic staff placed at, and working within, the institution. This means you will always have a familiar face to support you during the clinical rotations. They are aware of the curriculum and what the learning aims are, aligning your clinical education to what you have studied in the classroom.
During the placement year, you will experience first and second opinion cases. We chose to work with associates rather than have our own referral hospital to make sure our students had exposure to a varied case-load.
You will experience:
- all domestic species
- livestock production systems
- wildlife conservation
- exotic animal medicine
The Clinical Associates we currently work with are:
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. Extra Mural Studies exposes you to the practical, ethical, financial, managerial and interpersonal aspects of professional practice. EMS placements are appropriately supervised and assessed and take place during vacations and during year five.
Teaching will be delivered using four main teaching methods:
- Signposting lectures cover key topics which will be further developed in self-study or practical sessions.
- Practical classes incorporating clinical skills (including live animal examination techniques and palpation, dissection, histology, diagnostic techniques, lab analysis).
- Structured self-study times to develop concepts further. These will include specific learning objectives, learning resources and time limits and are reviewed in clinical relevance or plenary sessions.
- Clinical relevance sessions are problem oriented, using clinical material or scenarios and they involve small group, facilitator-led discussion. Clinical relevance sessions are timetabled at key points throughout the week. They develop students' understanding of significance, check knowledge learnt during self-study times and identify and resolve learning problems.
Our assessment strategy is designed to assess achievement of the wide variety of skill and knowledge-based learning outcomes through different types of assessment. Skills and behaviours are assessed within in-course module examinations through methods including:
- practical tests
- vivas (oral exam)
- Objective Structured Practical Examinations (OSPEs)
- exam condition essays
- short projects
Knowledge is principally assessed in the June examinations, which are held online. In addition, we provide informal assessment opportunities which allow you to evaluate and reflect on the development of your skills and knowledge as you progress through the course.
Visit our teaching page for more information on how you will learn, including an example first-year timetable.
The School of Veterinary Medicine and Science is based at the Sutton Bonington Campus, shared with biosciences students. The campus is 10 miles south of the main campus, University Park. There are free regular daily and evening bus services to University Park Campus in Nottingham and Nottingham city centre, allowing you to take full advantage of the social and sporting activities available there. On average, the journey takes 20-30 minutes.
Campus is equipped with:
- the James Cameron-Gifford Library
- student residences ─ over 700 on campus student bedrooms
- a modern sports centre
- retail and catering outlets
Built in 2006, the School of Veterinary Medicine and Science building has modern teaching and research facilities. These include:
- a large lecture theatre
- seminar rooms
- small-group teaching rooms
- dissection and teaching laboratories
- a surgery suite
- a clinical skills laboratory
The school also provides:
- stables for students’ horses (limited number available)
- a large indoor arena
- dedicated large animal smallholding
- an exotic and pet unit
- an aviary
- an apiary
There are also teaching and research facilities for cattle, pigs, poultry and sheep associated with the University’s commercial farm, which includes a dairy centre.
On the first Wednesday of the month (in term time) there is a student-run Sutton Bonington Farmers’ Market on campus. Watch Paul’s vlog to see what is on offer.
Professional recognition and awards
RCVS and EAEVE
This course is recognised by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons and European Association of Establishments for Veterinary Education (EAEVE).
We are one of only two UK veterinary schools fully accredited by the EAEVE.
In 2016 we were awarded an ASPIRE award. This recognises excellence in student engagement. We are the only veterinary school to hold this award worldwide, and it was given to us because of the way we work with our students and engage them fully in the academic community. It also recognises the huge amount of engagement our students have with extracurricular and community work.
National Teaching Fellowship
Associate Professor of Veterinary Education Liz Mossop was awarded a highly coveted National Teaching Fellowship in 2016. The award celebrates excellent practice and outstanding achievement in undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and learning.
All students have a personal tutor. Personal tutors are members of academic staff in the school and they will:
- monitor your academic progress and check on your wellbeing
- provide exam marks and help you reflect on feedback
- act as a first point of contact for any guidance on academic or personal matters
We have an extensive support network for students. This includes:
- a Disability Liaison Officer
- a Student Welfare Officer
- year administrators
- student progress committee
- Big Vet Little Vet peer mentoring scheme
Additionally, there are central University services such as free counselling and the Students’ Union.
VetSoc is a student-run society for all veterinary students. Their aim is to promote community spirit amongst their members. They run various events throughout the year, catering to all tastes. As well as socials, they organise talks from specialists in different areas of the veterinary professions. There are also sub-committees for people who have a specific interest in a type of veterinary practice eg small animal, farm animal, equine.
The society invests a lot in student welfare and every year runs the popular Big Vet Little Vet peer mentoring scheme. New students are matched with a senior student who offer help and advice.
There are often events held on campus for vet and biosciences students to get together. In the summer there is SB Fest. Attractions usually include live music, art, fairground rides, a farmers’ market and a beer festival.
We encourage applications from mature applicants. You should apply in the normal way through UCAS. There is various support available to you including peer mentoring and the Mature Students’ Network which organises social events throughout the year. Find out more on our mature students website.
We welcome applications from international applicants.
The University’s International Office can provide advice and support throughout your application and preparation for coming to the UK. Please see the entry requirements tab for English language requirements.
If you would like to visit the University and are unable to attend an open day, the International Office will be happy to arrange a tailor-made visit for you.
Watch our videos to find out more about our campus, student life and what to expect at an open day