School of Veterinary Medicine and Science

Teaching methods

We want you to have the best possible learning experience at Nottingham. We have taken the unique opportunity to design an outstanding course which meets the expectations of our students, the demands from the veterinary profession and the requirements of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons. 

You will be able to experience a veterinary course that is underpinned by the latest educational techniques and which will keep you enthused and inspired to become an outstanding veterinary professional on graduation.

Undergraduate students study in the vet library.


How will I learn?

Teaching is delivered using four main methods:

  • Lectures on key topics which will also be further developed in self-study or practical sessions.
  • Practical classes, incorporating clinical skills (including live animal examination techniques and palpation, dissection, histology, diagnostic techniques and lab analysis).
  • Structured self-study times to develop concepts further. These include specific learning objectives, learning resources and time limits and are reviewed in clinical relevance or plenary sessions.
  • Clinical relevance sessions which are problem oriented,use clinical material or scenarios, and involve small-group, facilitator-led discussion. These sessions are timetabled at key points throughout the week. They will develop your understanding of significance, check knowledge learnt during self-study times and identify and resolve learning problems.

How will I be assessed?

Assessments vary depending on the module and include:

  • practical ‘spot’ tests
  • short answer examinations
  • Objective Structured Practical and Clinical Examinations (OSPEs and OSCEs)
  • structured viva
  • a portfolio and a skills diary
  • online examinations
  • Directly Observed Practical Skills (DOPS)
  • Rotation Professionalism Assessments (RPA)

Feedback is provided for all assessments and you can discuss your progress with your personal tutor. 

Find out more about preparing for assessment on the University's webpage. 



Personal tutors

All students are allocated a personal tutor who will work with you for the whole of your degree programme. Personal tutors are members of academic staff in the school and they will:

  • monitor your academic progress and check on your wellbeing
  • help you reflect on feedback
  • act as a first point of contact for any guidance on academic or personal matters

Further support can be found from academic tutors, student welfare administrators and the veterinary society.

Studying effectively

Studying at The University of Nottingham will present new demands on you because it is likely to be different from your previous experience of school or college.

You will be expected to organise your own time and manage your own work. You will also gain greater levels of independence to study what you're most interested in and in a way that suits you. This will be both personally rewarding and also equip you well when it comes to making career choices and seeking employment.

We support our students through this process and further guidance can be found on the University's studying effectively webpage.



Library and computer resources

James Cameron-Gifford Library

At Nottingham, you will benefit from access to an extensive collection of printed and online library resources. In addition, you will have both on and off-campus access to a wide range of databases, ejournals and ebooks.

For veterinary students, we have the James Cameron-Gifford Library on Sutton Bonington Campus which is home to specialist veterinary medicine texts. There are also group study rooms and silent study zones. You can borrow iPads and laptops for use in the library. 



Example first-year timetable

Below is an example first-year timetable for the D100 BVM BVS with integrated BVMedSci Veterinary Medicine and Surgery course. This is taken from week three.

Example timetable
  9-10am10-11am  11am-12pm12-1pm 1-2pm2-3pm 3-4pm 4-5pm   
M Private study  Intro to the musculoskeletal system Integrated histology tissue types   Lunch Exploring the microscope Overview of connective tissues Private study
T Intro to SDL and assessment  Intro to anatomy    Lunch Practical 1:
Intro to anatomy  
W Imaging 1: Principles of radiography and radiology Imaging 2: Principles of ultrasonography Imaging 3: Image interpretation The emergency  Lunch No teaching -
sport/leisure time  
T Practical 2: Imaging techniques     Lunch

Animal health and welfare:
Intro to safety  

F Private study Intro to veterinary pharmacology Locomotion analysis and intro to animal behaviour  Lunch MSK skills and techniques  Pharmacology case 

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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

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