School of Veterinary Medicine and Science


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Veterinary Medicine and Surgery Courses

Our belief is that a veterinary curriculum should comprise basic veterinary sciences and clinical subjects delivered progressively in a clinically integrated programme, using a problem-orientated approach, and providing you with animal experience for Day One of the course. The problem-orientated approach uses clinical material to inform you of the clinical relevance of basic veterinary sciences.

In our curriculum the majority of your educational experience is provided in body system-based modules (e.g. cardiorespiratory system and reproductive system, etc) each covering all of the common domestic, wildlife and exotic species. This allows you to gain an overall picture of the body system by integrating more traditional subjects such as anatomy, physiology and normal function. Each module is delivered once as a veterinary science subject (during Year 1 or 2) and agian as a clinical subject (during Year 3 or 4).

Clinical education and experience is delivered in the lecture-free final year through Clinical Practice Modules where you work alongside University academic staff placed in Clinical Associate Institutions. The Clinical Practice Modules provide experience of all domestic species, livestock production systems, wildlife conservation and exotic animal medicine.

At the end of Year 5, successful students graduate with the Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine (BVM) and Bachelor of Veterinary Surgery (BVS) degrees.

The 6-Year BVM BVS with integrated BVMedSci including a Preliminary Year course has been designed for able students who do not have the required science qualifications (but have high academic achievement in non-science or vocational subjects or extensive experience) for direct entry into Year 1 of the 5-Year BVM BVS programme.

In Year 1 (Preliminary Year) the basic science subjects of animal biology, chemistry and animal care and behaviour will be taught in integrated modules that illustrate how these key areas interlink.  You will learn key chemical concepts, and the knowledge required of animal biology.  You will also develop animal handling skills, an understanding of relevant industries and an appreciation of the role of animals in society. During the course you will enhance your animal handling and husbandry skills by undertaking placements.

On successful completion of the Preliminary Year you will join the first year of the 5-Year BVM BVS with integrated BVMedSci course.

The 6-Year BVM BVS with integrated BVMedSci including a Gateway Year course is newly designed to widen participation in Veterinary Medicine and Surgery. This provides an opportunity to upskill capable students who might not otherwise consider entry to the profession.  The D190 course has been specifically developed for students who are studying science subjects but whose grades are not at the level required for direct entry into Year 1 of the 5 Year BVM BVS programme, due to lack of opportunity or disadvantaging circumstances. 

During the Gateway Year students gain the relevant scientific knowledge required for the later years of the course.  This fundamental scientific understanding will be set in the context of animal structure, function, health and husbandry.  Students will also develop animal handling and an appreciation of the role of animals in society.

Years 2 to 6 inclusive follow the programme of the 5-Year BVM BVS with integrated BVMedSci course.

School of Veterinary Medicine and Science

University of Nottingham
Sutton Bonington Campus
Leicestershire, LE12 5RD

telephone: +44 (0)115 951 6116
fax: +44 (0)115 951 6415