Veterinary Medicine and Science


At a glance

  • Study in a school ranked highest in the UK for overall student satisfaction for the last eight years*
  • Have hands-on clinical practice from day one, integrated with a research project and the additional award of BVMedSci
  • Spend time at clinical associates with exposure to a significant relevant clinical caseload

* The National Student Survey, 2011-2018.

Veterinary Medicine and Science

What is Veterinary Medicine? 

Veterinary surgeons have one of the most varied and exciting careers available. Many vets are employed in general practice, working closely with pet and farm animals and their owners, while others treat working animals, zoo and wildlife species or work in food production, animal diagnostics or veterinary research. 


How will I study?

Your studies will involve integrated hands-on clinical practice from day one, using innovative teaching methods. You will gain substantial early experience with animals from the moment you begin the course. Meaning that you experience animal management and handling together with an understanding of the 'normal' animal. 

Our clinically integrated curriculum uses a problem-oriented approach, based around clinical case scenarios. An understanding of research and the in-depth study of a particular subject is also an integral part of the course for all students at Nottingham. Your learning and experience is delivered through formal lectures, small-group sessions, practical classes and clinical rotations, supported by computer-aided learning. 

As a Nottingham vet student you will spend a large part of your time in our purpose-built clinical teaching facilities. You will also be involved with the on-site farming and agricultural activities, as well as working with our academics at our local Clinical Associates. This will ensure you have exposure to a significant relevant clinical caseload. 

Visit our school website for more details on how you will study including an example first-year timetable. 

Visit our  school website for more details on how you will study including an example first-year timetable.

Location and facilities

Based at our 100-acre Sutton Bonington Campus, the school has state-of-the-art facilities for both research and teaching, including:

  • a large lecture theatre
  • seminar rooms
  • small-group teaching rooms
  • anatomy laboratory
  • surgery suite
  • teaching laboratories
  • clinical-skills laboratory and rooms
  • animal facilities
  • small animal and exotics unit

Additionally, we have stables for student horses, an indoor manege, a student smallholding, sheep and pig facilities and the University Dairy Farm.

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You’ll be tested on a wide variety of skill and knowledge-based learning outcomes through different types of assessment including practical tests, short projects and online exams. 

Professional recognition

The BVM BVS will lead to registrable status with the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS). By awarding a veterinary degree, the University is confirming that the graduate is fit to practise to RCVS standards. The course is also fully accredited by the European Associations of Establishments for Veterinary Education (EAEVE).



The veterinary profession offers many diverse and stimulating career opportunities combined with the privilege of working with animals.

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.


Study abroad

There are opportunities to travel abroad on Extra Mural Studies. All students undertake a total of 12 weeks Animal Husbandry Extra Mural Studies (AHEMS) and 26 weeks Clinical Extra Mural Studies (CEMS). Up to 4 weeks of AHEMS and 12 weeks of CEMS may be undertaken abroad.


Application and interview

Once you’ve submitted your UCAS application you will be asked to complete our online questionnaire. We will then review you academic and supporting information and if selected you’ll be invited for interviews and assessments. We accept applications for deferred entry. 

Applications from international students are usually considered against the same criteria as applications from home students. 


Open days

For dates of University-wide open days, please visit our open day page.

Please contact us at if you have been unable to register to attend a session at the veterinary medicine open days.

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