Veterinary Medicine and Surgery - BVM BVS with BVMed Sci

   
   
  

Fact file - 2018 entry

Qualification
Veterinary Medicine and Veterinary Surgery | BVMBVS
UCAS code
D100
Duration
5 years full time (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. A pass is required in science practical tests, if assessed separately.

Minimum of five grade 7s at GCSE to include biology and chemistry (or double science), one of physics or maths must be passed to grade 7, minimum of grade 5 in English language and maths; core science, additional science and further additional science are required at grade 7.

We require that a minimum of four 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 7s at GCSE to include biology, chemistry (or science double award) with a grade 7 in one of maths or physics, and a minimum of grade 5 in English language and maths.
Course location
Sutton Bonington 
Course places
155
 

Overview

At Nottingham, our strong links with local clinical associates provides a range of placement opportunities to strengthen your knowledge learned in the classroom.
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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.

Course structure

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.

Year five

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.

 

Clinical Associates

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:

 

Extra mural studies

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 and assessment

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 (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.
 

Location and facilities

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 accreditation logo

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.

ASPIRE

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.

 

Student support

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:

  • tutors/supervisors
  • 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.
 

Campus community

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.

 

Mature applicants

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.

 

International students

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
 

Entry requirements

A levels and GCSEs

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. A pass is required in science practical tests, if assessed separately.

Minimum of five grade 7s at GCSE to include chemistry and biology (or double science), one of physics or maths must be passed to grade 7, minimum of grade 5 in maths and English language; core science, additional science and further additional science are required at grade 7.

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English language requirements 

IELTS 7.5 (no less than 7.0 in any element)

GCSE/O level English language – minimum grade 5 (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.

 

Alternative qualifications 

Degree

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

Irish Leaving Certificate

Pre 2017 - minimum of grades AAABB at Higher level, to include grade As in biology and chemistry (for pre 2017 grading) or minimum of 6 grade H2 at Higher level, to include a minimum of 85% in Biology and Chemistry (for post 2017 grading); 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 or grade H2 minimum of 85% 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.    

For a full list of entry requirements terms and conditions please visit the school website.

 
Work experience

We require at least four weeks animal handling work experience from the broadest range possible, before you apply.  We would expect that you have some experience in one or more Vet Practices with small and large animal.  We do not stipulate how many hours as we appreciate that potential students will have to split their time between various commitments, so we do not mind if work experience is carried out over varying hours/days. Five days of work experience equals one week.

Work experience is aimed at increasing your awareness of the role of the veterinary professional, rather than gaining specific skills or knowledge.  Although many of our applicants will have significantly more than four weeks, the important thing is the quality of your reflection and understanding, rather than just the amount covered.

The School of Veterinary Medicine and Science does not take applicants on for work experience on site. You should try to include some time spent on equine, lambing, dairy and small animal work.  A range of settings, as well as types of animals is also useful.

It could include days at:

  • Kennels
  • Riding schools
  • Zoos
  • Rescue centres
  • Farms
  • Laboratories
  • Catteries

A wide range of other opportunities may also count, please email if you have any queries.  All work experience should be completed by the October 15th application deadline. Work experience booked after this date will not be taken into consideration.

 

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 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 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 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, 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 Public Health 

This module aims to provide you with an introduction to veterinary public and animal health standards, processes and issues including animal foodstuffs, transmittable, notifiable, zoonotic, reportable and transboundary diseases and animal welfare. You will learn through lectures, seminars and practicals.  

 
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 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 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

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.

Alumni success

Graduate destinations include:

  • Lieutenant Dan McRink – Veterinary Officer, Royal Army Veterinary Corps
  • Will Garton – Associate Poultry Director, Minister Veterinary Practice
  • Caroline Abbot – Veterinary Surgeon, Paragon Veterinary Group

Average starting salary and career progression

In 2016, 100% of undergraduates from the school secured work or further study within six months of graduation. The average starting salary was £27,620 with the highest being £36,000.*

* Known destinations of full-time home undergraduates 2015/16. Salaries are calculated based on the median of those in full-time paid employment within the UK.

 

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.

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

Our International Baccalaureate Diploma Excellence Scholarship is available for select students paying overseas fees who achieve 40 points or above in the International Baccalaureate Diploma. We also offer a range of High Achiever Prizes for students from selected countries, schools and colleges to help with the cost of tuition fees. Find out more about scholarships, fees and finance for international students.

School of Veterinary Medicine and Science International Student Scholarships

These prestigious scholarships will be awarded to the students who perform best overall in the school's admissions process, and will be designated when offers for places are made.  The scholarship offers a 10% reduction in fees for each of the five years of undergraduate study.

This scholarship is open to all applicants classified as 'overseas' for fees purposes  
 
 

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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 practice. EMS placements are appropriately supervised and assessed and take place during vacations and during year five.  

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