School of Veterinary Medicine and Science

Frequently asked questions

Here are some common questions you may have about our courses, student life and how to apply.

If you can't find the answer to your question on this page, please get in touch. We also have a dedicated page about our dual-intake, which includes averything you need to know, plus common answers to questions you may have.


About our courses

What is the difference between the three courses? 

All three courses lead to the same qualification as a veterinary surgeon, but they have different entry requirements.

  • D100 is five years, and requires science qualifications, such as A levels.
  • D104 has an extra year 0, and is for applicants without science A levels.
  • D190 has an extra year 0, and has slightly lower grade requirements for candidates who have had disadvantaging circumstances.
What is a BVM BVS? 
This is two degrees. The Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine and the Bachelor of Veterinary Surgery. You will need to obtain both degrees to practice as a veterinary surgeon.
What is dual intake?
Dual intake means you have the choice of two start dates - September and April. Visit our dual intake page to find out how this benefits you.
Is the course accredited by the RCVS?
Yes. In June 2011, The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons made its unanimous recommendation for the degree's approval for accreditation.
Will I be able to practice as a vet in the UK with a BVM BVS? 
Yes. Accreditation from the RCVS will allow allow you to practice as a vet after you graduate.
Are you accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA)?
We are in communication with the AVMA. We cannot be reviewed until we have five years of graduated students.
How do I obtain a copy of the brochure? 
You can download a brochure from our website.
Will there be an opportunity to work abroad during the course?
Some of the extra mural studies and the research programme will offer opportunities for you to work abroad.
Will the course have any bias to large animals? 
We provide you with the day one competencies required to successfully and competently enter the veterinary profession, through a rounded education. The course is not biased towards large/small animals or equine.
Why is there a specific research project in the middle of the course? 

Research is critical to the development of many aspects of the veterinary profession. Nottingham is a research-led University and your learning experience will draw upon leading teaching methods and the latest research advances.

We feel that there is a need to develop veterinary professionals that have a quest for continual learning. Our research component will offer academic challenge and develop your professional and personal skills.

What equipment would I need to buy for the course?
Books, protective clothing, stethoscope, dissection kit are some of the things you will need. A complete list will be provided following your successful application.
Is there going to be another open day?
For details of the next open days, please visit our website.
How are business and communication skills taught?
Business and professional skills (including communication) are embedded within the course. You'll learn through lectures, seminars and workshops, together with team-based and individual projects.
Will we develop shorter courses for graduates?
There are currently no plans to develop shorter courses for graduates.

How will I learn?

How will I be taught?
You will be taught through a mix of lectures, problem-oriented small group work and seminars, practicals and self-directed learning.
Is there a point in the course where a choice must be made about specialisations. For example, large/small animal work.
No. The course will provide a rounded education. However, you may be able to take advantage of opportunities to develop particular interests in you clinical years or research project.
Who will teach the course?
The course is taught by veterinary academics, both at Sutton Bonington Campus and at local clinical associates. Small elements of the course may also be taught by other University academics, and by veterinary specialists.
What will I learn in each year? 
For details of what you'll learn in each year please visit the online prospectus.
What is a problem-oriented approach to learning?
This approach develops your critical thinking and problem identification and solving skills through a team based case investigation. For example, a case may involve clinical examination of a patient, subsequent problem identification and solving will then integrate a number of topics learned throughout the course.
How many hours study will I have a week? 
The course is demanding. You will work in the vet school and clinical associates 4.5 days a week (lectures, practicals, seminars, self-directed learning). On top of this, you are expected to undertake further reading, preparation and assignments. During rotations and placements you will also be expected to work overnight and at weekends.
How big are the class sizes? 
Formal teaching is given to the whole year group. Problem oriented and rotational teaching are in groups of 5-12.
Will I have a personal tutor? 
You'll be allocated a personal tutor for the duration of your course who will provide pastoral support. In addition, you will have access to a dedicated student welfare administrator. Academic support is available from academic tutors and also an EMS co-ordinator.
How will I be assessed? 
You will be assessed through a combination of examinations (both written and practical) and course assignments.

Entry requirements

What are the entry requirements? 
Entry requirements can be found on our online prospectus.
What AS grades do I need? 
For D100 and D104 we require a minimum of CCC grades, in the subjects which you are studying to A2. For D190 we require a minimum of DDD.
If I do not meet the minimum grades at GCSE or AS, but have higher grades in some subjects, will this be accepted? 
No. You must meet the minimum entry requirements. Higher grades in other subjects will not compensate, with the exception that an A at AS will compensate for a 6/B (or below) at GCSE.
Will I get more credit in the admissions process with more A's at GCSE/AS level, additional A levels or Extended Project Qualification? 
No. You do not get extra credit for having higher grades or additional qualifications. 
What predicted A level grades do I need? 
We do not consider predicted grades at all. 
What third A level subject is preferred for the five-year course? 

We do not prefer any subject over another, but we do not accept general studies or critical thinking. We have found that applicants who have studied English, PE, psychology as a third subject have exactly the same year average at the end of year one as those who have done maths or physics. We look for more than just academic performance in our students, so we suggest you take a subject that you really enjoy. 

Do you accept Access or BTEC qualifications? 
Yes. For the D190 and D104 courses we accept these qualifications at level 3. However, we do not accept BTEC qualifications in place of GCSEs. 
What other entry requirements will you accept? 
Please visit the online prospectus for a complete list of alternative requirements.
Do you require BMAT? 
No. We do not consider BMAT scores for entry. 
Do you accept resits? 
We do not accept resits for course D190. For courses D100 and D104, we accept one resit attempt per subject at GCSE and A level. Candidates with resits would not be disadvantaged throughout the admissions process. If resitting exams take you into a third year of A levels, our offer increases to AAA. We do not accept any third attempts.


Can I apply as a graduate? 
We do not offer a specific graduate-entry route to Veterinary Medicine. However, science graduates are welcome to apply for the 5 year D100 course. There is no preference given to any set of applicants, all applicants are treated equally so there is no quota for graduate places. 
What are the tuition fees? 
Details of fees can be found on the University's fees and finance webpage
What are the fees charged to graduate students? 
We will be charging the standard tuition fee for graduate students. Details of fees can be found on the University's  fees and finance webpage.
Can I defer my entry and take a gap year? 
Yes. We encourage imaginative and relevant use of any gap year. Applying for a deferred place will not affect your application in any way.
What is the admissions process? 
An overview of our admissions process is located on our website.
How do I make my personal statement stand out? 

We do not assess personal statements in this way so you do not need to waste word count on impact grabbing headlines. You need to make sure you cover:

  • why you want to be a vet
  • what you know about the profession
  • what you have learnt from your work experience
  • responsibility and leadership experience
  • achievements and social activities

We will ask for more details about your work experience in our online questionnaire, so don’t waste space listing full details.

What is the online questionnaire? 
The online questionnaire is an integral part of our admissions process. You must spend time on this and complete it fully. It allows you to provide supplementary information and evidence to demonstrate that you have the motivation, personal skills, attitude and ability to be a veterinary student.
How do I complete the questionnaire and SJT? 
You will need to complete both of these online. We'll send you further information and a link to these when your application is received. You cannot revise for these assessments, though we suggest that you look at the RCVS Code of Professional Conduct as preparation.
Will I have to undertake work experience? 
You will need at least four weeks animal-related work experience before you apply. For example, working at a practice, at a stables or on a farm. We do not give extra credit for additional weeks.
Do you require references from my work experience? 
We do not consider references, except in marginal offer decisions. If you wish to send them, references need to be identified with your UCAS number and sent to the Admissions Team by 1 December.
Do you want to be sent my portfolio of case notes from my work experience? 
No. You may bring it to interview and if time permits the interviewers may browse the data.
Does work experience in research contribute to the necessary 6 weeks?
We would consider this only if it involved you working with live animals. 
What other qualities do you look for in a potential student? 

We will be looking for evidence of skills that are needed to become a veterinary surgeon. These include:

  • empathy
  • willingness to responsibility
  • integrity
  • team-working
  • intellectual ability
  • capacity to innovate
  • organisation
  • initiative
  • a wider understanding of the future developments and challenges offered by the veterinary profession
How long will it be before I know if I am offered a place? 
You will be advised of our decision via UCAS up to 12 weeks after the final interview has taken place. All decisions will be made by the end of April. 
How many applicants are accepted each year? 
We will be taking around 100 students for the 5 year course (D100), and approx 25 for the 6 year course (D104). We also have approx 5 for the 6 year course (D190).
How many students apply? 
We receive around 2000 applications across all 3 courses. This does seem a lot, although many of these applicants will also be applying to other universities.
How many interviews will be given?
We will interview approximately 400 applicants.
Can I transfer from another course either at Nottingham or any other University? 
No. Our course is fully integrated so its not possible for you to transfer from any other course into the BVM BVS. We do not accept applications from anyone who has started but not completed a degree course elsewhere.
I was ill during my GCSEs and have lower than predicted results, will you take this into account?
We would expect you to tell us whether your school had submitted mitigating circumstances to the relevant exam board. If consideration had been given by the exam board then we would not allow further compensation. If no compensation was applied for and proof of illness can be provided we would consider your application, although we would need your school to provide us with further information on your academic ability. It is important that you flag this up with the Admissions Team as soon as possible and again confirm it once you have submitted your UCAS form, referencing your UCAS number.
I am dyslexic/have a disability, will I still be considered?
Yes. We require all applicants to declare disabilities to us so that appropriate support can be put in place.It is an important part of the professionalism required of a veterinary surgeon that you are self-aware and seek reasonable steps to address any impact of adverse physical or mental health issues.
Why are GCSE grades important if you are capable of getting 3 As at A'level? 
GCSE grades are important as they demonstrate broad academic achievement. In addition, five As at GCSE is broadly indicative of your prospective achievement at A level. 
I'm doing a degree, when can I apply?
If you are studying for a degree, you must be in your final year so that you have completed the degree prior to joining us. We will not consider an application if you leave, or have left, a degree course without completing it.

School and student life

Who are the clinical associates?
We use a number of locally based practices and other veterinary professionals to help with your learning by placing our clinical academics in these practices. For more information, visit our clinical associates page.
What buildings and facilities do you have?

The Veterinary School has state-of-the art facilities, including:

  • large lecture theatre
  • seminar rooms
  • small-group teaching rooms
  • dissection and teaching laboratories
  • surgery suite
  • clinical skills laboratory
  •  stables for students' horses
  • a large indoor ménage
  • dedicated smallholding

In addition, we've invested in e-learning technologies such as electronic whiteboards and video technology. The School also provides

Will I spend all five years at the Sutton Bonington Campus?
The Vet School is based at the Sutton Bonington Campus which will be your base for the duration of your course. However, you will be required to undertake EMS at farms, abattoirs, zoos and other relevant places. In addition, our clinical teaching will also be partly delivered by our local clinical associates.
How far is Sutton Bonington from Nottingham?
Sutton Bonington is 10 miles south of Nottingham. There are numerous transport options, including a University Hopper bus, to allow you to experience the social and academic experiences available at the University Park campus and in the City.
What is student life like at Sutton Bonington?
There are around 1,400 undergraduates at the Sutton Bonington Campus. Currently the campus has its own active student union (The Guild), which organises many social and sporting activities. Facilities include a sports centre and fields, student bar, restaurant, cafe, shop and library and all set on a 16 hectare campus in attractive South Nottinghamshire countryside. There is a strong sense of community at Sutton Bonington, and student welfare and support is especially well provided for.
Where will I live?
Two halls of residence are located on Sutton Bonington Campus. Accommodation has a mix of veterinary and bioscience students. Students in later years of the course normally live off-campus in private rented accommodation.
What sort of financial support is the University offering?
The University operates a means tested  bursary scheme for UK students. Where awarded, it will be available as a cash payment which is not repayable. You will have access to the bursary throughout your study if you continue to meet the means tested criteria.
What sports teams/activities/societies are available?
There are hundreds of sports clubs, activity clubs, social, religious and cultural clubs based at both Sutton Bonington (through The Guild) and at the University Park Campus. Please visit the University of Nottingham Student Union website for further information.
Is accommodation guaranteed?
As a new undergraduate you're guaranteed a room in University-arranged accommodation for one year.
Will you be providing student accommodation throughout the 5 years?
Accommodation is not usually provided for the entirety of your course. You will be responsible for organising privately rented accommodation if University-arranged accommodation is not available after your first year. The University provides support and advice to all students seeking private accommodation, whether singularly or as part of a group.
What will be the cost of all the accommodation?
Please visit our accommodation webpage for further details about costs.
Where can students go shopping for groceries?
There are small shops on site, and some in Sutton Bonington village, but for supermarket shopping, there are Co-op foodstores in Kegworth (1.82 miles) and East Leake (3.90 miles). Tesco, Morrisons and Sainsburys can all be found in Loughborough, approximately 6 miles from the campus.
What grants are available for EU students?
Unfortunately there are currently no University scholarships available at undergraduate level for EU students. We suggest contacting your local embassy to find out what help they can provide.
Will we have access to sports teams at Nottingham?
Yes. You can trial and compete for any of The University of Nottingham sports teams. In addition there are sports teams that compete for Sutton Bonington Campus.
How can I get any future relevant information?
Further information on the course is available in our brochure. We continually update our website, produce a quarterly newsletter and publish press releases.
Does the School have its own specialist library?
The on-site library has an extensive veterinary section. In addition all small group teaching rooms have mini-libraries comprising of core text books.
Can I bring a pet?

You may bring a horse, if there is room in our school stables. We do expect your horse to be suitable for use in equine practicals in return, as stated in the contract. We offer the stables to vet students on a first-come first-served basis and if places are not filled they are offered to students on different courses. DIY livery is from £30-47 per week, dependant on season.

Sutton Bonington Guild also has a Riding Club which runs regular competitions, and there is also a Riding Club and a Polo Club at the University Park Campus. The competition facilities and hacking around Sutton Bonington are excellent.

We cannot accommodate any other pets in the vet school. Pets are not allowed in University accommodation.



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