Welcome to the School of Veterinary Medicine and Science web pages. These pages provide an introduction to the wide range of teaching and research activities that are taking place in the School and highlight the opportunities available to both undergraduate and postgraduate students to study at Nottingham. They also provide a glimpse of what makes our School unique!
Nottingham Vet School is the first brand new, purpose-built veterinary school in the UK for over 50 years and it is our intent to make significant leading contributions to both veterinary research and teaching within the context of valid relevance and application to the wider veterinary profession.
Research is central to the activities of the School, both in terms of maintaining ourselves at the forefront of national and international efforts in veterinary medicine but also as an integral part of the training and education for undergraduate and postgraduate students.
In the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise, the School of Veterinary Medicine and Science joint submission with the School of Biosciences was ranked first in the country for the power of its research with 95% of its activities classified at an international standard.
The academic staff of the School work within 5 strategic research areas: Infection and Immunity; Population Health and Welfare; Comparative Medicine; Reproductive Biology and Veterinary Educational Research. Our research is closely aligned with that in the School of Biosciences with whom we share some research facilities and equipment. The involvement of our Clinical Associates and other organisations within our research programs enables the identification of clinical problems in the field and the rapid application of investigational science to these problems in both production and companion animal species.
At a time when the veterinary world is facing many new challenges, it is our aim to equip our undergraduate students with the diagnostic, medical, surgical and other skills required to succeed in a changing world. The curriculum combines a clinically-focused basic science programme, relevant clinical learning opportunities with integrated research. We believe that the development of our innovative curriculum meets the industry need for veterinary graduates with practical and problem-solving abilities, an understanding of the need for lifelong learning and confidence and competence in their skills at graduation. Our undergraduate veterinary course brings students into contact with animals and clinical case scenarios from the very beginning of the course.
We offer three exciting and innovative degree courses, which are designed to provide our students with the skills and experience they will need to become practising veterinary surgeons. Throughout the courses, our students acquire many important transferable skills - such as business knowledge, communication and an understanding of research - to place them in good stead for the future, whatever their professional aspirations.
The School has a dynamic, vibrant and highly stimulating teaching and research environment which is achieved through an international blend of students and researchers who are committed to innovative learning and scientific discovery. We welcome applications from home and international students for our undergraduate and postgraduate programmes.
Needless to say, as a new School we have state-of-the-art purpose built facilities for both research and teaching. A Teaching Building comprises a lecture theatre, large seminar room, teaching laboratories and a number of small-group teaching rooms, together with staff offices and research facilities including generic laboratories and specialist facilities such as anaerobic / microbiology, RNA and radioisotope laboratories. A Clinical Building includes a large anatomy laboratory, surgery suite, teaching laboratories, seminar rooms, a large clinical skills laboratory and other clinical skills rooms together with animal facilities. The School has taken advantage of IT in its design and way of working – all teaching rooms have electronic whiteboards and students access all teaching materials online through our virtual learning environment. Other School facilities include 16 stables for student horses, an indoor ménage and a student smallholding. We also have access to the University farm dairy, sheep and pig facilities and abattoir on the 1,000 acre campus.
On a final note, the city of Nottingham has many attractions ranging from sporting to cultural. Not only is the campus conveniently located outside the City centre in extensive parkland, but there is also easy access to the countryside around. Nottingham is a great place to live and study!
I hope that you find subsequent pages informative and interesting. Please contact us directly if we can help further in providing you with information on what the School has to offer.
Professor Gary England
Foundation Dean, School of Veterinary Medicine and Science