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.
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.
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 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.
| || 9-10am||10-11am || 11am-12pm||12-1pm ||1-2pm||2-3pm ||3-4pm ||4-5pm |
||Intro to the musculoskeletal system
||Integrated histology tissue types
||Exploring the microscope
||Overview of connective tissues
||Intro to SDL and assessment
|| Intro to anatomy
Intro to anatomy
||Imaging 1: Principles of radiography and radiology
||Imaging 2: Principles of ultrasonography
||Imaging 3: Image interpretation
||No teaching -
||Practical 2: Imaging techniques
Animal health and welfare:
Intro to safety
||Intro to veterinary pharmacology
||Locomotion analysis and intro to animal behaviour
||MSK skills and techniques
|| Pharmacology case