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Veterinary Medicine

Entry requirements


A level

A,A,B

including grade A in Chemistry and Biology and grade B in a third subject (excluding General Studies and Critical Thinking) at A level. A pass is required in science practical tests, if assessed separately

Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal

D3,D3,M2

including grade D3 in Chemistry and Biology and grade M1 in a third subject.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

34

including 6 in Biology and Chemistry, and 5 in any third subject at Higher Level.

Scottish Advanced Higher

A,A

in Biology and Chemistry. This qualification is acceptable when combined with Scottish Higher grades AABBB, to include Biology and Chemistry.

Scottish Higher

A,A,B,B,B

including Biology and Chemistry. This qualification is acceptable when combined with Advanced Higher grades AA in Biology and Chemistry.

Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (first teaching September 2015)

B

This qualification is acceptable when combined with A level grades AA in Biology and Chemistry.

UCAS Tariff

112-147

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About this course


Course option

5.0years

Full-time | 2022

Subject

Veterinary medicine

Choose to start your studies in September or April.

Benefit from dual-accreditation and an exceptional student experience - 97% overall student satisfaction in the National Student Survey 2019.

Our veterinary courses are accredited by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS). We're also one of only two UK veterinary schools that are accredited by the European Association of Establishments for Veterinary Education (EAEVE).

Your learning will be hands-on from day one. You'll start to develop your clinical skills early on, while also gaining an understanding of key scientific concepts and the latest veterinary developments. There's also a focus on personal and professional skills, to ensure you're fully prepared for your future career.

Uniquely, our course has an integrated BVMedSci. This extra qualification will help enhance your ability for learning and development in veterinary medicine through research.

Most of your learning will take place in our purpose-built veterinary school, where you'll have access to:
- anatomy and clinical labs

- a surgery and dissection suite

- lecture theatre and small-group teaching rooms

- research facilities

- animal facilities such as kennels, stables, exotic pet rooms and sheep and pig housing

You will also use specialist facilities on our Sutton Bonington Campus, including:
- University Farm

- Centre for Dairy Science Innovation (CDSI)

- paperless Super Lab

Additionally, you will a broad experience of animals and veterinary medicine through placements in veterinary surgeries, farms, zoos, and specialist animal centres.

Modules

Theory and practical learning are integrated through body-system based modules. Each covering all the common domestic, wildlife, and exotic species. These modules are covered twice – in year one and two as a veterinary subject, and again in year three and four as a clinical subject.

Year one and two

During your first two years, you will learn the basic science which underpins veterinary medicine. This will include circulatory, respiratory, neuromuscular, endocrine, gastrointestinal and urogenital systems, as well as animal health and welfare. Teaching will be practical to help develop your clinical skills.

You will also develop animal handling skills, and an understanding of animal husbandry, relevant industries, and the role of animals in society.

Professional skills such as teamwork, communication, decision-making and the professional role of the veterinary surgeon will also be covered.

In total you will study eight modules over years one and two.

Year three

In your third year there is the opportunity to focus on a research project of your choice. You will further develop your understanding of scientific principles and enhance your skills learnt from years one and two, in preparation for the clinical phase. You will also gain insight into veterinary public health.

You will study a total of four modules in year three.

At the end of year three, you will graduate with a BVMedSci Veterinary Medical Sciences degree.

Year four

Year four develops your knowledge of animal production, trauma management and disease processes, as well as focusing on the diagnosis, management, and prevention of disease. You will also gain skills and knowledge of business and entrepreneurship.

You will study a total of nine modules in year three.

Year five

The final year consists of a series of rotated placements and clinical teaching with our Clinical Associates. These placements happen in veterinary hospitals or practices, farms, zoos and labs. Teaching and assessment uses observation, discussion, and practical experience. At each placement you will be under the supervision of University academic staff who are placed at, and working within, the Clinical Associate.

You will study a total of four modules in year five and undertake 25 weeks of placements.

Extra Mural Studies (EMS)

A total of 12 weeks of Animal Husbandry Extra Mural Studies (AHEMS) and 26 weeks of Clinical Extra Mural Studies (CEMS) are also undertaken throughout the course. EMS and CEMS follow recommendations defined by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS). EMS exposes you to the practical, ethical, financial, managerial, and interpersonal aspects of professional practice. EMS placements take place during University holidays as well as during timetabled weeks in years one and two. Up to four weeks of AHEMS and 12 weeks of CEMS may be undertaken abroad.

For the most up-to-date module information and full details, please visit the course page on our website.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£35,220
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

University Park Campus

Department:

School of Veterinary Medicine and Science

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

97%
high
Veterinary medicine

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Veterinary medicine and dentistry

Teaching and learning

97%
Staff make the subject interesting
99%
Staff are good at explaining things
93%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
99%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

93%
Library resources
93%
IT resources
97%
Course specific equipment and facilities
96%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

96%
UK students
4%
International students
20%
Male students
80%
Female students
51%
2:1 or above
4%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

A
A
A

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Veterinary medicine and dentistry

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£30,000
med
Average annual salary
99%
low
Employed or in further education
98%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

95%
Health professionals
2%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
1%
Artistic, literary and media occupations

Good news for would-be vets! Almost all graduates get jobs as vets on finishing their courses, and salaries are much better than the average for graduates. In fact, we produce the same number of vets every year than we did 10 years ago (a few hundred) and that means there are signs of shortages in the profession as the population increases. Not surprisingly, many jobs are in rural areas, and vets are much less likely than most other graduates to work in large cities.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Veterinary sciences

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£31k

£31k

£35k

£35k

£38k

£38k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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