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Course overview

Our veterinary course is highly rated by our students*. You will get hands-on with animals from day one and can choose when you start - September or April.

You'll learn theory and practical aspects of domestic, wild and exotic species, with clinical experience integrated throughout the course. Practicing with our Clinical Associates on your placement year ensures you learn a varied case-load of animals and treatments.

Teaching is delivered through body system-based modules, which integrate traditional medical subjects, such as anatomy and physiology. Modules are taught twice - once as a veterinary science subject in year one or two, and again as a clinical subject in year three or four.

Uniquely, our courses have an integrated BVMedSci, saving you a year of study, tuition fees and living costs. This part of the course will help enhance your ability for continual learning and development in veterinary medicine through research.

* 97% student satisfaction, National Student Survey 2019.

Why choose this course?

1st

for student satisfaction since 2010. 

National Student Survey 2010-2020.

Modern facilities

Our purpose-built vet school lets you get hands-on with animals from day one.

Hands on from day one

Experience animal handling and RCVS day one competencies from the moment you start the course.

Placements

Placements in veterinary surgeries, farms, zoos and specialist animal centres, give you a broad experience of animals and veterinary medicine.

 

Dual intake

Choose when you start - September or April.

Three qualifications

Graduate with a Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine (BVM) and Bachelor of Veterinary Surgery (BVS) degree. Plus gain an additional award of BVMedSci, after completing an integrated research project in your third year.

 

Entry requirements

All candidates are considered on an individual basis and we accept a broad range of qualifications. The entrance requirements below apply to 2022 entry.

UK entry requirements
A level AAB
Required subjects

A levels
A in biology (or human biology) and chemistry. B in a third subject*

A pass is normally required in science practical tests, where these are assessed separately. However, due to the pandemic and the uncertainty of practical tests taking place, this will not be required for 2022 applicants.

GCSEs
Five GCSEs at grade 7 (A), including biology and chemistry** and either physics or maths. GCSE grade 6 (B) in maths and 4 (C) in English language.

 
 
IB score 34 overall, including grade 6 in Higher Level biology and chemistry and grade 5 in a third subject at Higher Level. You will also need supporting level 2 qualifications.

Alternative qualifications

Scottish Advanced Highers

  • Minimum of AA in Advanced Higher level, including biology and chemistry
  • Minimum of AABBB in Higher level, including biology and chemistry. Grade A in Higher level in biology, chemistry, English language, maths physics can compensate for achieving grade B at National level 5
  • Minimum of AAAAA in National level 5, including biology and chemistry (or double science). Either maths or physics must be passed to grade A. Minimum of grade B in maths and grade C in English language

Irish Leaving Certificate

  • Minimum of AAABB in Higher level, including grade A in biology and chemistry. For Post-2017 grading you will need a minimum of 6 grade H2 at Higher level, including 85% in biology and chemistry
  • Minimum of AAAAA in Junior Certificate including biology and chemistry (or double science). Either maths or physics must be passed to grade A. Minimum of grade B in maths and grade C in English language. Leaving Certificate grade A in biology, chemistry, maths physics and English language can compensate for achieving grade B in Junior Certificate

Cambridge Pre-U

  • Distinction (D3) in biology and chemistry and a Merit pass (M2) in a third subject. If biology or chemistry is not taken as a subject then separate A level passed at grade A will also be needed

Degree

  • First undergraduate degree, or a postgraduate degree such as a Masters or PhD in a science-related subject
  • GCSE grade 6 (B) in maths and 4 (C) in English language

Or

  • 2:1 undergraduate degree, or a postgraduate degree such as a Masters or PhD in a science-related subject
  • A level biology and chemistry grade B
  • GCSE grade 6 (B) in maths and 4 (C) in English language

Or

  • 2:2 undergraduate degree, or a postgraduate degree such as a Masters or PhD in a science-related subject
  • A level biology and chemistry grade A and grade B in a third subject*
  • GCSE grade 6 (B) in maths and grade 4 (C) in English language

Birkbeck College Certificate of Higher Education course in Subjects Allied to Medicine

  • Pass with distinctions in chemistry and biology modules

Contextual offers

We recognise the potential of talented students from all backgrounds. We make contextual offers to students whose personal circumstances may have restricted achievement at school or college. These offers are usually one grade lower than the advertised entry requirements. To qualify for a contextual offer, you must have Home/UK fee status and meet specific criteria – check if you’re eligible.

*excluding citizenship studies, critical thinking, general studies and global perspectives.

**or double science or core science, additional science, further additional science.

 

Work experience

You will need a minimum of 4 weeks animal handling work experience, covering a broad range of animals. You should try to include some time spent on equine, lambing, dairy and small animal husbandry work. This could include days at:

  • veterinary practices
  • catteries
  • farms
  • kennels
  • laboratories
  • rescue centres
  • riding schools
  • zoos

Work experience can be done over varying hours and days. All experience needs to be completed within three years prior to application and by the 15 October application deadline. Work experience booked after this date will not be taken into consideration.

Important information about work experience and the Coronavirus pandemic

We are not expecting any work experience to have taken place or be ongoing after March 2020, due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Your application for 2022 entry will not be negatively affected if you’ve been unable to complete the work experience you had planned.

Our Virtual Work Experience and Exploring the Veterinary Profession course is a useful resource for any veterinary applicants. It is not compulsory to complete the course, although it is encouraged.

View the admissions process for our veterinary medicine courses

Interview

You will need to attend an interview, lasting approximately 30 minutes. This will assess your:

  • Motivation, insight into a veterinary career and interest in veterinary topics
  • Academic ability, communication skills, animal orientation, personal attitudes and fitness to practice as a veterinary surgeon

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. Please read the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) Fitness to Practice Guidelines.

Students with criminal convictions

All students are required during the admissions process to disclose any criminal convictions. We do not discriminate against conviction or other information revealed. Please read the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) Fitness to Practice Guidelines.

 

Foundation progression options

You can progress to this course from:

Learning and assessment

How you will learn

We use a variety of teaching methods to help consolidate the theory and practical elements of the course. Teaching is delivered using four main methods:

  • Lectures on key topics which will be further developed in self-study or practical sessions
  • Practical classes, with clinical skills, live animal experience and lab work
  • Structured self-study time, which includes specific learning objectives, learning resources and time limits. These are reviewed in clinical relevance or plenary sessions
  • Clinical relevance sessions which are problem-oriented, use clinical material or scenarios, and involve small-group, facilitator-led discussion. These sessions are timetabled at key points throughout the week. They will develop your understanding of significance, check knowledge learnt during self-study time and identify and resolve learning problems
 

Teaching methods

  • Anatomy sessions
  • Clinical skills sessions
  • Full-body dissection
  • Lab sessions
  • Lectures
  • Group study
  • Case-based learning
  • Placements
  • Practical classes
  • Problem-based learning
  • Prosection
  • Self-study
  • Seminars
  • Small group learning
  • Clinical relevance sessions
  • eLearning
  • Field courses
  • Workshops
  • Tutorials

How you will be assessed

You will need to achieve a variety of skill and knowledge-based learning outcomes, through different types of assessment.

Your knowledge is mainly assessed in June examinations, which are online. In addition, informal assessment opportunities allow you to evaluate and reflect on the development of your skills and knowledge as you progress through the course.

Feedback is provided for all assessments and you can discuss your progress with your personal tutor. Find out more about preparing for assessment on the University's webpage.

Assessment methods

  • Clinical exams
  • Examinations
  • Objective structured clinical exams
  • Practical exams
  • Coursework
  • Dissertation
  • Formative assessments
  • Literature review
  • Portfolio (written/digital)
  • Verbal exam
  • Workplace-based assessment

Contact time and study hours

The majority of our teaching staff hold veterinary qualifications suitable for clinical practice in the UK. Each year we welcome 300 undergraduate students to the school - 150 in September and 150 in April.

During your time on the course you will experience:

  • Lectures: 823 hours
  • Lab and supervised practicals: 316 hours
  • Clinical experience: 1151 hours
  • Tutorials, seminars, problem-based learning and self-directed study: 646 hours
  • Online and other work: 422 hours
  • Extra-Mural Studies (EMS): 1330 hours

View an example first-year timetable

You'll also spend some time with our support teams, including:

  • Personal tutor during your entire studies
  • Dedicated student welfare team
  • Academic support from tutors
  • EMS co-ordinator

These teams monitor your academic progress and check on your wellbeing, help you reflect on feedback and act as a first point of contact for any guidance on academic or personal matters you may have.

Placements

During the placement year, you will experience first and second opinion cases. We work with associates rather than have our own referral hospital. This makes sure you gain exposure to a varied caseload, in real environments.

You will experience:

  • all domestic species
  • exotic animal medicine
  • livestock production systems
  • wildlife conservation

The Clinical Associates we currently work with are:

Additionally, you will undertake 38 weeks of extra-mural studies at farms and veterinary practices, as required by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS). We have a dedicated EMS team in the school who can support you to find suitable placements. Some of the extra mural studies and the research programme will offer opportunities for you to work abroad.

Sutton Bonington Campus

As a veterinary student you will study at our purpose-built veterinary school on Sutton Bonington Campus. The school and campus offer a student experience that's as unique as you are. From sports to events and societies, and even a farmers market.

Modules

During your first year, you will learn the basic science which underpins clinical teaching, with an emphasis on practical teaching and development of clinical skills. Clinical examples are integrated throughout all your modules to contextualise your learning.

Professional skills modules focus on teamwork, communication, decision-making and the professional role of the veterinary surgeon. You will also develop animal handling skills, and an understanding of animal husbandry, relevant industries and the role of animals in society.

 
Animal Health and Welfare

This module considers:

  • animal health and husbandry
  • animal handling
  • housing and animal environments
  • animal industries and/or the role of the different species in the society
  • legislation and regulatory bodies

Throughout the module the following species will be considered:

  • dogs and cats
  • small mammals
  • exotic animals
  • horses
  • cattle
  • sheep and goats
Circulatory and Respiratory Systems

This module considers:

  • Structure and function of the cardiovascular, respiratory and lymphoreticular systems
  • Basic introduction to Microbiology
  • Basic introduction to haematology and immunology
  • Development of the cardiovascular and respiratory systems
  • Regulation and adaptation of the cardiovascular and respiratory systems
  • Methods for clinical evaluation of the cardiovascular and respiratory systems
Veterinary Neuromuscular System

This module considers:

  • structure and function of the neuromuscular system in common and domestic animals, and other selected species
  • development of the neuromuscular system
  • adaptation of the neuromuscular system in different species
  • examination and diagnostic techniques used in evaluation of the neuromuscular system
  • an introduction to clinical neurology and the study of animal behaviour
Veterinary Personal and Professional Skills 1

This module considers:

  • Principles of veterinary science
  • Methods of learning, study and assessment
  • Computer literacy
  • Use of learning resources
  • Problem solving skills
  • Professional conduct
  • Communication skills
  • Time and stress management
  • Understanding the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons ‘Guide to Professional Conduct’
The above is a sample of the typical modules we offer but is not intended to be construed and/or relied upon as a definitive list of the modules that will be available in any given year. Modules (including methods of assessment) may change or be updated, or modules may be cancelled, over the duration of the course due to a number of reasons such as curriculum developments or staffing changes. Please refer to the module catalogue for information on available modules. This content was last updated on Wednesday 31 March 2021.

During your second year, you will continue clinical and practical learning to develop your clinical skills. You will also further develop your animal handling skills with a variety of animals.

Additional professional skills modules continue to focus on teamwork, communication, decision-making and the professional role of the veterinary surgeon.

Veterinary Endocrine & Integument Systems 1

This module considers:

  • the basic anatomy, physiology and pharmacology of the endocrine and integument systems
  • an introduction to clinical dermatology
  • histology, gross anatomy and function
  • non-reproductive endocrine system including the pituitary, adrenal and thyroid glands
  • endocrine pancreas, and ectoparasitology, microbiology and cytology
  • practical and clinical relevance sessions on functional and clinical issues and anatomy and histology
  • self-directed learning
Veterinary Gastrointestinal System 1

This module considers:

  • structure and function of the gastrointestinal system and body wall
  • development of the gastrointestinal system
  • regulation and adaptation of the gastrointestinal system
  • digestion and metabolism
  • pharmacology of the gastrointestinal system
  • microbiology and parasitology of the gastrointestinal system
  • methods for clinical evaluation of the gastrointestinal system
  • nutrient utilisation
  • animal nutrition
Veterinary Personal and Professional Skills 2

In this module you will gain an understanding of the basic principles of veterinary science, including:

  • diagnostic imaging
  • basic communication skills such history taking
  • an understanding and application of methods of learning, study and assessment
  • an understanding of the principles and methods of critical appraisal of scientific literature
  • an understanding of the ethical decision making skills required of veterinary surgeons including the presentation of an ethical stance with reference to the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons' ‘Guide to Professional Conduct.

This module considers:

  • Methods of learning, study and assessment
  • Awareness of the mental health challenges faced by veterinary surgeons and veterinary students
  • Critical appraisal
  • Communication skills
  • Professional conduct
  • Ethical problems and theories
  • Introduction to research
  • Animal law
  • Applied animal behaviour
Veterinary Urogenital System

This module considers:

  • Development of the urogenital system
  • Structure and function of the male and female reproductive system
  • Structure and function of the urinary system
  • Spermatogenesis, oogenesis and embryo development
  • The reproductive cycle and its hormones
  • Manipulation of the reproductive system in different animals
  • Pregnancy and placental function in different animals
  • The mammary gland and lactation
  • Genetics of reproduction Regulation and adaptation of the urinary system
  • Methods for clinical evaluation of the urinary system
The above is a sample of the typical modules we offer but is not intended to be construed and/or relied upon as a definitive list of the modules that will be available in any given year. Modules (including methods of assessment) may change or be updated, or modules may be cancelled, over the duration of the course due to a number of reasons such as curriculum developments or staffing changes. Please refer to the module catalogue for information on available modules. This content was last updated on

In your third year there is the opportunity to focus on a research project of your choice. You will develop further understanding of key scientific principles and enhance core skills from years one and two, in preparation for the clinical phase. You will also gain insight into veterinary public health.

At the end of year three, you will graduate with a BVMedSci Veterinary Medical Sciences degree.

Clinical and professional skills

This module equips 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.

Veterinary Research Project

The module considers:

  • an appreciation of the value of research in modern veterinary medicine and science and how research contributes to furthering veterinary knowledge
  • an understanding of the possibilities for a career in research whether this be pure research, governmental or commercial or other forms of applied research
  • skills in hypothesis-driven veterinary medicine that will be of value in practice
  • an understanding of the importance of research and evidence-based medicine to clinical practice and research active clinicians
  • the practical skills to undertake a qualitative or quantitative research project
  • the ability to use appropriate techniques to design and carry out research project, including literature reviews,design, analysis, presentation and writing
  • development of lifelong learning skills
Principles of Clinical Veterinary Science

This module considers:

  • principles of pathology - the pathological changes that can occur indifferent body systems
  • process of inflammation
  • process and control of neoplasia
  • principles of microbiology
  • control of infectious disease
  • antibacterial drugs, antiviral drugs, antifungal drugs
  • disinfection
  • principles of parasitology
  • transmission and infection
  • diagnostic techniques in parasitology
  • anti-parasite therapy
  • principles of pharmacology
  • theories of pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics applied to veterinary drugs
  • appropriate drug dosing
  • concept of drug therapeutics
  • legislation and safety relating to the use of veterinary drugs
  • practicalities of euthanasia
  • principles of immunology
  • acquired immunity
  • vaccination
  • immune mediated diseases
  • immuno-suppressive therapies
  • principles of oncology
  • mechanisms of neoplasia and metastasis
  • clinical approaches to neoplasia
  • options for the treatment and management of patients with neoplasia
  • the principles of clinical decision making
  • different theories of decision making
  • application of knowledge to make basic clinical decisions
  • consideration of owner, client and practice factors
The above is a sample of the typical modules we offer but is not intended to be construed and/or relied upon as a definitive list of the modules that will be available in any given year. Modules (including methods of assessment) may change or be updated, or modules may be cancelled, over the duration of the course due to a number of reasons such as curriculum developments or staffing changes. Please refer to the module catalogue for information on available modules. This content was last updated on

Year four develops your knowledge of animal production, trauma management and disease processes, as well as focusing on the diagnosis, management, and prevention of disease. You also gain vital skills and knowledge of business and entrepreneurship.

Veterinary Cardiorespiratory System 2

This module considers:

  • structure and function of the cardiovascular and respiratory systems
  • development of the cardiovascular and respiratory systems
  • regulation and adaptation of the cardiovascular and respiratory systems
  • methods for clinical evaluation of the cardiovascular and respiratory systems
Veterinary Gastrointestinal System 2

This module considers:

  • structure and function of the gastrointestinal system and body wall
  • development of the gastrointestinal system
  • regulation and adaptation of the gastrointestinal system
  • digestion and metabolism
  • pharmacology of the gastrointestinal system
  • microbiology and parasitology of the gastrointestinal system
  • methods for clinical evaluation of the gastrointestinal system
  • nutrient utilisation
Veterinary Neuroscience 2

The module aims to provide you with:

  • An understanding of the normal structure and function of the neurological system in common domestic animals and other selected species
  • The ability to identify of key neurological structures in dissected specimens and on histological examination
  • An appreciation of the significance and clinical relevance of different structures
  • An understanding of the function of the components of the various elements of the neurological system ata gross and cellular level
  • An understanding of the integration of the neurological system, and how damage to the various components of the system results in the clinical signs
Veterinary Personal and Professional Skills 4

This module considers:

  • Methods of learning, study and assessment
  • Awareness of the mental health challenges faced by veterinary surgeons and veterinary students
  • Critical appraisal
  • Communication skills
  • Professional conduct
  • Ethical problems and theories
  • Introduction to research
  • Animal law
  • Applied animal behaviour
Veterinary Musculoskeletal System 2

This module considers:

  • Structure and function of the neuromuscular system in common domestic animals, and other selected species
  • Development of the neuromuscular system
  • Adaptation of the neuromuscular system in different species
  • Examination and diagnostic techniques used in evaluation of the neuromuscular system
  • An introduction to clinical neurology and the study of animal behaviour
Veterinary Reproduction 2

This module considers:

  • Structure and function of the male and female reproductive system
  • Development of the reproductive system
  • Reproductive hormones
  • Spermatogenesis,oogenesis and embryo development
  • The reproductive cycle
  • Manipulation of the reproductive system in different animals
  • Pregnancy and placental function in different animals
  • The mammary gland and lactation
  • Genetics of reproduction
Veterinary Urinary System 2

This module considers:

  • Structure and function of the urinary system
  • Regulation and adaptation of the urinary system
  • Development of the urinary system
  • Methods for clinical evaluation of the urinary system
Lymphoreticular Cell Biology 2

This module considers:

  • structure and function of the haematopoetic and lymphoreticular systems
  • the structure and synthesis of proteins
  • the structure and function of cell organelles
  • basic techniques in haematology and immunology
Veterinary Endocrine and Integument Systems 2

The module covers the causes, presentation, 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.

The module also discusses the causes, presentations, diagnosis and management of disease of the skin and related structures such as hair, hoof, horn and claw in the common domesticated species. Self Directed Learning, Practical and Clinical Relevance sessions will address specific clinical issues and presentations.

The above is a sample of the typical modules we offer but is not intended to be construed and/or relied upon as a definitive list of the modules that will be available in any given year. Modules (including methods of assessment) may change or be updated, or modules may be cancelled, over the duration of the course due to a number of reasons such as curriculum developments or staffing changes. Please refer to the module catalogue for information on available modules. This content was last updated on

The final year consists of a series of Clinical Practice Modules. These are small group-based sessions which take place in hospital, practical or laboratory settings at our Clinical Associates. Teaching and learning is observation, discussion and practical based, with supervision from a University academic staff member placed at, and working within, the institution. This means you will always have a familiar face to support you during the clinical rotations. Associates will also be aware of the curriculum and what the learning aims are, enabling your clinical education to align to what you have studied in the classroom.

During this 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 of 32 hours contact time and is scheduled locally at Clinical Associates and within the school.

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.

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: Farm Animal and Veterinary Public Health

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 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.

The above is a sample of the typical modules we offer but is not intended to be construed and/or relied upon as a definitive list of the modules that will be available in any given year. Modules (including methods of assessment) may change or be updated, or modules may be cancelled, over the duration of the course due to a number of reasons such as curriculum developments or staffing changes. Please refer to the module catalogue for information on available modules. This content was last updated on

Fees and funding

UK students

£9,250
Per year

International students

To be confirmed in 2021*
Keep checking back for more information
*For full details including fees for part-time students and reduced fees during your time studying abroad or on placement (where applicable), see our fees page.

If you are a student from the EU, EEA or Switzerland starting your course in the 2022/23 academic year, you will pay international tuition fees.

This does not apply to Irish students, who will be charged tuition fees at the same rate as UK students. UK nationals living in the EU, EEA and Switzerland will also continue to be eligible for ‘home’ fee status at UK universities until 31 December 2027.

For further guidance, check our Brexit information for future students.

Additional costs

You should factor in additional costs of around £300 into your budget, alongside your tuition fees and living expenses. A complete list will be provided following your successful application. The additional costs cover essential items you will need for the course such as:

  • waterproof clothing
  • wellington boots
  • a boiler suit
  • tunic and parlour top
  • surgical scrubs and clogs
  • surgical kit and stethoscope
  • cost of a vaccinations if you haven't previously had them - Diphtheria, Tetanus, Polio (DTP), MMR and Meningitis ACWY

You should be able to access most of the books you’ll need through our libraries, though you may wish to purchase your own copies.

Extra Mural Studies (EMS) are self-funded. Travel and accommodation costs will vary depending on location.

Please note that these figures are approximate and subject to change.

 

Scholarships and bursaries

School of Veterinary Medicine and Science International Student Scholarships

These 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.

Home students*

Over one third of our UK students receive our means-tested core bursary, worth up to £1,000 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 students

We offer a range of international undergraduate scholarships for high-achieving international scholars who can put their Nottingham degree to great use in their careers.

International scholarships

Careers

Studying our veterinary course gives you all the knowledge and practical skills you'll need to become a registered veterinary professional. You will be prepared in all aspects of basic, applied and clinical veterinary science, with an ability for deductive thought, problem-solving and research.

Some of our graduates have gone to work for:

  • RSPCA
  • PDSA
  • Veterinary Anatomic Pathology at University of Nottingham
  • Oakham Veterinary Hospital Equine
  • The Royal Veterinary College (RVC)
  • Paragon Veterinary Group
  • Rainbow Equine Hospital
  • Highcroft Vet Referrals
  • Rood & Riddle
  • Bell Equine Veterinary Clinic
  • Pawsquad
  • Anvivets
  • Vets4Pets
  • YourVets
 

Average starting salary and career progression

98.6% of undergraduates from the School of Veterinary Medicine and Science secured graduate level employment or further study within 15 months of graduation. The average annual salary for these graduates was £32,049.*

*HESA Graduate Outcomes 2020. The Graduate Outcomes % is derived using The Guardian University Guide methodology. The average annual salary is based on graduates working full-time 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 consistently named as one of the most targeted universities by Britain’s leading graduate employers (Ranked in the top ten in The Graduate Market in 2013-2020, High Fliers Research).

Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS)

This course is Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) accredited, giving you the ability to practice as a vet in the UK and other countries when you graduate.

European Association of Establishments for Veterinary Education (EAEVE)

We are fully accredited by the European Association of Establishments for Veterinary Education (EAEVE).

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" EMS placements are so beneficial to learning and practising skills learnt during the course "
Abby St.John, Veterinary Medicine and Surgery BVM BVS with BVMed Sci

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Important information

This online prospectus has been drafted in advance of the academic year to which it applies. Every effort has been made to ensure that the information is accurate at the time of publishing, but changes (for example to course content) are likely to occur given the interval between publishing and commencement of the course. It is therefore very important to check this website for any updates before you apply for the course where there has been an interval between you reading this website and applying.