Veterinary Medicine and Surgery - BVM BVS with BVMed Sci

   
   
  

Fact file - 2017 entry

UCAS code:D100
Qualification:BVMBVS
Type and duration:5 year UG (Vet Sci)
Qualification name:Veterinary Medicine and Veterinary Surgery
UCAS code
UCAS code
D100
Qualification
Veterinary Medicine and Veterinary Surgery | BVMBVS
Duration
5 years full time UG (Vet Sci)
A level offer
AAB 
Required subjects
grade A in chemistry and biology (or human biology) and grade B in a third subject (excluding general studies and critical thinking) at A level; minimum of five grade As at GCSE to include biology and chemistry (or double science), one of physics or maths must be passed to grade A, minimum of grade B in English language and maths; grade A at AS level physics/biology/chemistry/maths/English can compensate for achieving grade B at GCSE. We require that a minimum of six weeks animal-related work experience is undertaken before application to the course.
IB score
34 (6 in biology and chemistry at Higher Level, with 5 in a third subject) including a minimum of five grade As at GCSE to include biology, chemistry and physics (or science double award) and a minimum of grade B in English language and maths
Course location
Sutton Bonington 
Course places
150
 

Overview

At Nottingham, our strong links with local clinical associates provides a range of placement opportunities to strengthen your knowledge learnt in the classroom.
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This course comprises basic veterinary sciences and clinical subjects, delivered progressively in a clinically integrated programme, using a problem-oriented approach and providing you with animal experience from day one. The majority of your educational experience 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, and takes a problem-oriented approach which uses clinical material to inform you of the clinical relevance of basic veterinary sciences.

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). Clinical education and experience is delivered in the lecture-free final year through Clinical Practice Modules which provide experience of all domestic species, livestock production systems, wildlife conservation and exotic animal medicine.

Course structure 

Our veterinary undergraduate curriculum is taught using a modular system over the first four years with a lecture-free clinical year:

Years one and two develop learning primarily about the "normal" animal using clinical case examples and scenarios. You will also develop animal handling skills, and 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 provides you with an opportunity to focus on a research project of your choice. You will also develop further 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.

Years three and four develop 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.

Year five 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.

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

At the end of year five successful students graduate with the Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine (BVM) and Bachelor of Veterinary Surgery (BVS) degrees.

Teaching and learning methods 

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.

Assessment 

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, Objective Structured Practical Examinations (OSPEs), exam condition essays, and 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.

 

Entry requirements

A levels: AAB, including grade A in chemistry and biology (or human biology) and grade B in a third subject (excluding general studies and critical thinking) at A2 level. Applicants are also required to pass the practical element of assessment in science subjects; minimum of five grade As at GCSE to include chemistry and biology (or double science), one of physics or maths must be passed to grade A, minimum of grade B in maths and English language; grade A at AS level physics/biology/chemistry/maths/English can compensate for achieving grade B at GCSE. 

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 

Degree: at least 2:1 in a science-related subject (any BSc) together with A level chemistry and biology with supporting GCSE grade B in maths and English.

Irish Leaving Certificate: Minimum of grades AAABB at Higher level, to include grade As in Biology and Chemistry; minimum of five grade As at Junior Cert to include chemistry and biology (or double science), one of physics or maths must be passed to grade A, minimum of grade B in maths and English language; grade A in Leaving Certificate in physics/biology/chemistry/maths/English can compensate for achieving grade B in Junior Certificate. 

Scottish Advanced Highers: Minimum of grades AA in Advanced Higher in biology and chemistry; minimum of grades AABBB at Higher level, to include biology and chemistry; minimum of five grade As at National 5s to include chemistry and biology (or double science), one of physics or maths must be passed to grade A, minimum of grade B in maths and English language; grade A at Higher level physics/ biology/ chemistry/ maths/ English can compensate for achieving grade B at National 5.

If the Welsh Baccalaureate is taken, this can qualify as the third subject at A level.    

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 the school for advice before applying.

Students with criminal convictions - All students are required during the admissions process to disclose any criminal convictions. We undertake not to discriminate unfairly against conviction or other information revealed.   

 
 

Modules


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
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 
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 adaptation 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 & 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, twelve 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. 
 
Veterinary Practical Techniques 

During this four week module, you will be given an introduction to the practical techniques important in carrying out veterinary surgery and anaesthesia, diagnostic imaging, fertility investigations and pregnancy diagnosis. In an average week you will spend around ten hours in lectures, 20 hours in practicals and two hours in self-directed study sessions. 

 
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. 
 
Veterinary Personal and Professional Skills 3
During this six week module, you will be introduced to a variety of topics including: clinical case planning; communication and the human animal bond; skills in dealing with bereavement; and practice in giving information and advice to clients. During most weeks, you will typically spend around four hours in small group sessions with a range of external lecturers.
 
 

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’ll 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’ll 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’ll 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 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.
 
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 session and/or practicals will be delivered flexibly within an overall duration of six hours per day 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 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 SVMS 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
Throughout your placements over this lecture-free final year, you’ll 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. This list is an example of typical modules we offer, not a definitive list.

 
 

Careers

You will be provided with the knowledge, and the intellectual, practical and professional skills to fulfil the demands required of you to succeed and develop as an accomplished veterinary professional. You will be equipped with a thorough preparation in all aspects of basic, applied and clinical veterinary science, together with an ability for deductive thought, problem solving and research. At the end of year three you will graduate with the Bachelor of Veterinary Medical Sciences (BVMedSci), and at the end of year five you will graduate with both the Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine (BVM) and Bachelor of Veterinary Surgery (BVS) degrees.

Professional recognition

RCVS

This course is recognised by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons and 

Average starting salary and career progression

In 2014, 98% of first-degree graduates in the School of Veterinary Medicine and Science who were available for employment had secured work or further study within six months of graduation. The average starting salary was £26,741 with the highest being £31,000.*

* Known destinations of full-time home and EU graduates, 2013/14. 

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.  

 
 

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.

Home students*

There are several types of bursary and scholarship on offer. Download our funding guide or visit our financial support pages to find out more about tuition fees, loans, budgeting and sources of funding.

To be eligible to apply for most of these funds you must be liable for the £9,000 tuition fee and not be in receipt of a bursary from outside the University.

* 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 undertaken. Animal husbandry and clinical EMS are organised in accordance with recommendations as defined by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, and completion of these placements is a mandatory requirement.

EMS expose students to the practical, ethical, financial, managerial and interpersonal aspects of professional practic. EMS placements are appropriately supervised and assessed and take place during vacations and during year five.

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