Veterinary Medicine and Surgery - BVM BVS with BVMed Sci

   
   
  

Fact file - 2019 entry

Qualification
BVMBVS Veterinary Medicine and Veterinary Surgery
UCAS code
D100
Duration
5 years full-time
A level offer
AAB 
Required subjects
A-levels

Grade A in chemistry and biology (or human biology) - a pass is required in science practical tests, if assessed separately. Grade B in a third subject (excluding citizenship studies, critical thinking, general studies and global perspectives).

GCSEs

Minimum of five GCSEs at grade 7 (A) to include biology and chemistry (or double science or core science, additional science, further additional science) and one of physics or maths. Minimum of grade 6 (B) in English language and maths.

Work Experience

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) plus GCSEs as above.
Course location
Sutton Bonington 
Course places
160
 

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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  • Benefit from animal handling experience from day one
  • 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
  • Study in a school ranked highest in the UK for overall student satisfaction for the last seven years*
  • Join the only veterinary school in the world to win an ASPIRE award in recognition of our student engagement

*The National Student Survey, 2017. 

 

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, delivered progressively in a clinically integrated programme. Meaning you always see the clinical relevance of what you are learning. 

Course structure

The majority of teaching uses in body system-based modules. For example, Cardiorespiratory System, Reproductive System. These cover all common domestic, wild and exotic species. Allowing you to gain a rounded picture of the body system by integrating traditional subjects, such as anatomy and physiology. 

Modules are taught twice ─ once as a veterinary science subject (during year one or two) and again as a clinical subject (during year three or four) ─ which maximises your animal handling and clinical experience. You'll also benefit from inter-year learning, with third and fourth year students assisting with the teaching for the first and second years. This acts as revision for senior students and support for early-year students from their peers. 

The final year is lecture free with clinical rotations. 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'll 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 are developed focussing on learning, communication and the professional role of the veterinary surgeon. 

Year three – BVMedSci

Your third year provides an opportunity to focus on a research project of your choice. You’ll be supervised by a researcher from one of our research groups. This is your chance to work on a project that can contribute to the field of veterinary science. Some students have had their work published.  

While other UK veterinary schools may offer an intercalated degree, we are the only school to offer an integrated BVMedSci. This means you study one less year, saving on tuition fees and living costs. 

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

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. These are small group based and 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. 

 

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 you gain exposure to a varied case-load.

You will experience:

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

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

We use four main teaching methods: 

  • Signposting lectures cover key topics, with further development 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. These will be 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.

Assessment 

You will need to achieve a wide variety of skill and knowledge-based learning outcomes through different types of assessment. Skills and behaviours are assessed using in-course module examinations, including: practical tests

  • exam condition essays
  • Objective Structured Practical Examinations (OSPEs)
  • 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.
 

Location and facilities

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:

  • apiary
  • aviary
  • 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 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. 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. 

 

Student support

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
  • tutors/supervisors
  • year administrators

Additionally, you'll have access to University-wide services such as free counselling and the Students’ Union. 

 

Campus community

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.

 

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 students from all over the world, providing dedicated guidance and advice for EU and international applicants.

 
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

A-levels

Grade A in chemistry and biology (or human biology) - a pass is required in science practical tests, if assessed separately. Grade B in a third subject (excluding citizenship studies, critical thinking, general studies and global perspectives).

GCSEs

Minimum of five GCSEs at grade 7 (A) to include biology and chemistry (or double science or core science, additional science, further additional science) and one of physics or maths. Minimum of grade 6 (B) in English language and maths.

 

English language requirements 

IELTS 7.5 (no less than 7.0 in any element)

GCSE/O level English language – minimum grade 7 (A)

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.

For details of other English language tests and qualifications we accept, please see our entry requirements page.

 

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 6 (B) in maths and English.

Irish Leaving Certificate

Minimum of 6 grade H2 at Higher level, to include a minimum of 85% 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 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.

Vocational Qualifications

Distinctions must be achieved in the chemistry and biology modules for Birkbeck College’s CertHE in Life Sciences for Subjects Allied to Medicine, with supporting GCSE qualifications as above

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

Four weeks animal handling work experience from the broadest range possible is required before you apply. We expect you to have some experience in one or more veterinary practices with small and large animals. Work experience can be done 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 have significantly more than four weeks experience, the important thing is the quality of your reflection and understanding, rather than just the amount covered. 

We do 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:

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

A wide range of other opportunities may also count, please contact us if you have any queries. All work experience should be completed by the 15 October 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.

 
 
 

Modules

The following is a sample of the typical modules that we offer as at the date of publication 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. Due to the passage of time between commencement of the course and subsequent years of the course, modules may change due to developments in the curriculum and the module information in this prospectus is provided for indicative purposes only.

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.

 
 
 
 

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:

  • Mark Westwood – Veterinary Surgeon and Director, Pawsquad Stamford and Oakham
  • Will Garton – Managing Director, Anvivets
  • Rachel Whalley – Veterinary Surgeon, Northampton Vets4Pets
  • Mark Plested - Diagnostic Imagine Resident, RVC

Average starting salary and career progression

In 2016, 100% of undergraduates in the school who were available for employment had 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.

 
 

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 38 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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