This course is open to UK students only. As well as meeting the academic requirements you must fulfil other criteria. Please see the entry requirements tab below for more details.
- Develop your animal handling and husbandry skills through placements
- Be part of a UK veterinary school with 99% student satisfaction, based on the National Student Survey 2018
- Study in a purpose-built veterinary school on a beautiful campus
- Join the only veterinary school in the world to win an ASPIRE award in recognition of our student engagement
- Progress automatically to the five-year BVM BVS with integrated BVMedSci course on successful completion of the gateway year
This course helps widen participation in veterinary medicine and surgery. It provides an opportunity for students who might not otherwise consider entry to the profession, due to lack of opportunity or disadvantaging circumstances.
Alongside preliminary year students, you will study the basic science subjects of:
- animal biology
- animal care and behaviour
These are taught in integrated modules that illustrate how these key areas interlink. You will learn key chemical concepts, and the knowledge required of animal biology.
In addition, you will:
- broaden your understanding of relevant industries
- develop an appreciation of the role of animals in society
- expand your animal handling skills
On successful completion of the year, you will join year one of the five-year BVM BVS with integrated BVMedSci course.
Visit the five-year course page for more details.
Teaching and learning methods
We use 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. For example, 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, use clinical material or scenarios and involve small group, facilitator-led discussion. Sessions are timetabled at key points throughout the week. They develop your understanding, check knowledge learnt during self-study times, and identify and resolve learning problems.
You will need to achieve a variety of skill and knowledge-based learning outcomes through different types of assessment. Skills and behaviours are assessed using in-course module examinations, including:
- exam condition essays
- Objective Structured Practical Examinations (OSPEs)
- practical tests
- short projects
- vivas (oral exam)
Your knowledge is principally 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.
Visit our teaching page for more information on how you will learn, including an example first-year timetable.
The School of Veterinary Medicine and Science is based at our Sutton Bonington Campus. The campus is 10 miles south of University Park. There are regular daily and evening bus services to University Park Campus and Nottingham city centre, allowing you to take full advantage of the social and sporting activities available. On average, the journey takes 35-45 minutes.
Sutton Bonington Campus is equipped with:
- James Cameron-Gifford Library
- modern sports centre
- retail and catering outlets
- student residences ─ over 700 on-campus student bedrooms
The School of Veterinary Medicine and Science building has modern teaching and research facilities. These include:
- clinical skills laboratory
- dissection and teaching laboratories
- large lecture theatre
- seminar rooms
- small-group teaching rooms
- surgery suite
The school also provides:
- exotic and pet unit
- large indoor arena
- large animal small holding
- stables for students’ horses (limited number available)
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.
During term time there is a student-run Sutton Bonington Farmers’ Market. This runs on the first Wednesday of the month. Watch Paul’s vlog to see what it offers.
Professional recognition and awards
RCVS and EAEVE
This course is recognised by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons and European Association of Establishments for Veterinary Education (EAEVE). We are one of only two UK veterinary schools fully accredited by the EAEVE.
In 2016 we were awarded an ASPIRE award. We are the only veterinary school to hold this award worldwide. The award recognises excellence in student engagement. In particular, the way we work with students, engaging them fully in the academic community, extracurricular activities and community work.
National Teaching Fellowship
In 2016, Associate Professor of Veterinary Education Liz Mossop was awarded a highly coveted National Teaching Fellowship. The award celebrates excellent practice and outstanding achievement in undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and learning.
You’ll be allocated a personal tutor. These are members of academic staff in the school and they will:
- act as a first point of contact for any guidance on academic or personal matters
- monitor your academic progress and check on your wellbeing
- provide exam marks and help you reflect on feedback
You will also have an extensive support network, including:
- Big Vet Little Vet peer mentoring scheme
- Disability Liaison Officer
- student progress committee
- year administrators
Additionally, you'll have access to University-wide services such as free counselling and the Students’ Union.
VetSoc is a student-run society for veterinary students, providing community spirit among its members. The society puts student welfare at the heart of its ethos by running the popular Big Vet Little Vet peer-mentoring scheme. New students are matched with a senior student who offer help and advice.
Various events are organised through the year, catering to all tastes. Talks are organised 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. For example, small animal, farm animal, equine.
In summer, there is SB Fest. Attractions usually include live music, art, fairground rides, a farmers’ market and a beer festival.
We encourage applications from mature applicants. You should apply in the normal way through UCAS. There is various support available to you including peer mentoring and the Mature Students’ Network which organises social events throughout the year. Find out more on our mature students website.
Watch our videos to find out more about our campus, student life and what to expect at an open day