- 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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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