School of Veterinary Medicine and Science
   
   
  

Teaching methods

Experience a veterinary course underpinned by the latest educational techniques to inspire you to become an outstanding veterinary professional.

We want you to have the best possible learning experience at Nottingham. Our outstanding course meets the expectations of our students, the demands of the veterinary profession and the requirements of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS).

Two students practicing in the clinical skills suite
 

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 time 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 time 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 university will present new demands because it's 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 prepare you for 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

The James Cameron-Gifford Library on Sutton Bonington Campus.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.

Visit the library's website for more 

 

Example first-year timetable

Below is an example first-year timetable for the D100 BVM BVS with integrated BVMedSci Veterinary Medicine and Surgery course:

Example timetable
  9-10am10-11am 11am-12pm12-1pm1-2pm2-3pm3-4pm4-5pm  
M Circulation and
Respiration
(lectures) 
Free period  Lunch Circulation and Respiration
(facilitated clinical relevance)
Circulation and
Respiration
(lecture) 
Circulation and
Respiration
(lecture)
T Circulation and Respiration
(self-directed learning) 
 Lunch Circulation and Respiration
(practical)
W Circulation and
Respiration
(lectures) 
Circulation and Respiration
(self-directed learning) 
Circulation and Respiration
(facilitated clinical relevance) 
 Lunch No teaching -
sport/leisure time
T Circulation and Respiration
(practical) 
 Lunch

Animal Health and Welfare: Rotation B
(practical)

F Circulation and
Respiration
(lecture)
Circulation and Respiration
(self-directed learning) 
 Lunch Circulation and Respiration
(facilitated clinical relevance)
Circulation and Respiration
(lecture) 

Wrap
up session

 

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
email: veterinary-enquiries@nottingham.ac.uk