Veterinary Medicine and Science BVMSci – 2017 entry

At Surrey we have created an exciting five year Veterinary Medicine degree programme centred around a 'one health-one medicine' theme.

In working with our local clinical partners including the Pirbright institute, the Animal and Plant Health Agency, Liphook Equine Hospital, Fitzpatrick Referrals, the Veterinary Medicines Directorate and Westpoint Veterinary Group we will engage students in a range of clinical and research disciplines from day one.

What you'll study

With a forward-thinking approach to veterinary education, our diverse degree programme will provide you with an inspiring educational experience and equip you to excel in the dynamic field of veterinary medicine.

Programme overview

This exciting five-year programme has been created to foster interdisciplinary collaborations in animal and human health.

In addition to studying towards your professional veterinary medicine qualification, you will receive training in professional and business skills and will benefit from using state-of-the-art facilities, such as our veterinary Clinical Skills Centre and veterinary pathology facility. This will allow you to have hands-on practical, clinical and research training from the start of your programme.

Designed to prepare you for a stimulating career as a veterinary scientist, the course focuses on developing your professional skills and you will be supported through a range of core and self-directed learning opportunities.

These are delivered using systems-based modules that comprise core knowledge, problem-based learning and practical skills training. Training takes place in the new School of Veterinary Medicine academic building, our state-of-the-art campus-based Clinical Skills Centre and veterinary pathology facility, and with our numerous partners.

The School of Veterinary Medicine is working with a number of veterinary partners who have been identified on the basis of the expertise of their veterinary surgeons, their caseload or their research facilities.

In particular, our partners provide an opportunity for students to gain outstanding clinical experience with both general practice and referral-type caseload.

A unique aspect of our curriculum is the close liaison with the BBSRC Pirbright Institute, the Veterinary Medicines Directorate and the Defra Animal and Plant Health Agency, providing the opportunity for skills development in key areas such as research, surveillance, epidemiology, veterinary pathology, risk analysis, veterinary public health, policy, regulation and state veterinary medicine.

We also work with North Carolina State University and Universidade de São Paulo to provide teaching, summer scholarships and research exchanges which will enhance your opportunity to join a profession that will be at the centre of the response to global issues concerning animal and human health.

Not only is our curriculum designed to provide you with the training to qualify as a veterinary surgeon, but it will also ensure that you have a strong grounding in the core basic sciences underpinning veterinary medicine.

Read about the experiences of first-year students Chloe Cross and Rory Brookes.

Programme structure

Years 1 and 2 (FHEQ Levels 4 and 5)

In the first two years of the programme, the focus is on understanding the science of veterinary medicine, with an emphasis on the normal healthy animal in Year 1 and the abnormal in Year 2.

Scientific principles are taught in clinical context to illustrate how the material is relevant to a practising veterinary surgeon. You will also spend time developing animal handling, communication and laboratory skills.

Year 1 - Discovering the normal

Compulsory modules:

Structure and Function modules integrate anatomy, physiology, histology and embryology of the various body systems.

Year 2 - Discovering the abnormal

This year provides an introduction to pathology and infectious diseases. Modules are organised by body system.

Compulsory modules:

Years 3 and 4 (FHEQ Levels 6 and 7)

In Years 3 and 4, you will further develop your knowledge of clinical medicine and surgery, clinical reasoning, veterinary public health and the interface between veterinary and human health and applied research.

With support, you will select a number of learning opportunities appropriate to you and your career aspirations (for example, equine, farm animal, companion animal, zoo and wildlife medicine).

You will also have the opportunity to choose from a wide variety of research projects, including clinical research within the University or with one of our partners.

Year 3 - Return to normal

This year focuses on how to diagnose, treat and make an informed prognosis for various disease conditions by body system.

Compulsory modules:

Year 4 - The role of the veterinary surgeon – by species

Modules look at the vet’s role throughout the life cycle of animals in various practice settings.

Compulsory modules:

  • Fundamentals of Practice 3 and 4 (spay and neuter clinic over two semesters)
  • Clinical Modules 5: Intensive Production and Laboratory Animal Systems
  • Wildlife Health and Disease
  • Clinical Practice 6: Equine
  • Clinical Practice 7: Companion Animal
  • Clinical Practice 8: Production Animal
  • Contemporary Issues in Veterinary Medicine: Emerging Disease and Public Health and Sustainability

Year 5 (FHEQ Level 8)

Year 5 is lecture-free, providing you with the opportunity to practise your skills with the support, and under the supervision, of professionals at our associate partners and on campus. You will also undertake a number of core rotations in different species such as companion animal, farm and equine practice, pathology and public health.

Furthermore, you will have the opportunity to develop more advanced skills and understanding in the species areas that you may wish to work with when you qualify as a veterinary surgeon.

Practice, Practice, Practice

The final year consists of 32 weeks/eight months of Intramural Rotations (28 weeks of core rotations and four weeks of electives).

  • Small Animal General Practice 1 (four weeks)
  • Small Animal General Practice 2 (four weeks)
  • Small Animal Referral Surgery, Anaesthesiology, Imaging and Neurology (one week in each)
  • Equine General Practice (four weeks)
  • Consolidation Elective (four weeks spent in the species of your choice or subspecialty across species for example Ophthalmology)
  • Veterinary Pathology and Public Health (two weeks)
  • Production Animals (four weeks)
  • Electives (blocks of either two or four weeks)

Additional costs

There are associated costs with this programme: 

  • Books/stationery/admin: Around £45 per year (excluding the first year)         
  • Safety equipment and/or uniform: £365 for Year 1, £110 for Year 2 onwards (approximately)        
  • Grand total: £655

Students must purchase personal protection equipment (PPE) prior to starting on the programme to be worn in all animal handling/husbandry classes and whilst on placement. There is a set bundle of compulsory PPE for Year 1 items and there are additional items required for Year 2 and onwards.

Students are also strongly advised to register as a member of the British Veterinary Association. This provides insurance cover for placement activity and associated work experience. Membership is free for first-year students and around £45 per annum in following years.


Our teaching methods will develop your problem-solving skills, train you to use essential equipment and support life-long learning. The curriculum is structured around the different body systems, covering all common companion and farm species, in addition to wildlife and exotic species.

Each module is integrated horizontally, covering anatomy, physiology, biochemistry and embryology in Year 1 and pathology and infectious disease in Year 2, as well as pharmacology, diagnostic techniques, communication, and clinical medicine and surgery in Year 3.

In addition to University of Surrey academics, many of whom have specialist veterinary qualifications, part of your teaching will be delivered by joint appointments with our associate veterinary partners. It is also anticipated that there will be opportunities for international exchange programmes, distance learning and shared teaching with our global veterinary partners.

Watch a video featuring some of our partners.


You will be assessed on all aspects of the course, including your knowledge and understanding, your skills and your professionalism. To help you with your studies, there will be a wide range of formative assessments with feedback.

Formal assessments must be passed each year for progression on the programme. Students are also required to keep a portfolio and skills diary.

Clinical training placements

As part of the clinically integrated Veterinary Medicine and Science degree programme, you will undertake ‘core’ clinical rotations, but will also have the opportunity to select a proportion of your practical experience to gain bespoke training centred on your interests. This includes the opportunity to undertake a research-based project.

Extramural studies

Extramural placements are an essential part of veterinary training, providing students with practical experience that consolidates their University-based studies.

In accordance with the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons guidelines, all students are required to undertake a minimum of twelve weeks of Animal Husbandry Extramural Studies (AHEMS) in Years 1 and 2 and 26 weeks of Extramural Studies (EMS) from Year 2 onwards.


The new purpose-built School of Veterinary Medicine buildings were officially opened in October 2015 and include dedicated teaching spaces, breakout rooms, research and teaching laboratories and a large veterinary Clinical Skills Centres. View photos of the new buildings.

Our Guildford campus also offers state-of-the-art veterinary pathology teaching, research and diagnostic facilities.

The Clinical Skills Centre provide livestocks and companion animal handling and examination areas, a locomotion laboratory, a haptics laboratory, a simulated veterinary practice for communications training, seminar rooms and a technical skills training centre.

Graduate prospects

A Veterinary Medicine and Science degree from Surrey provides an excellent platform for a variety of careers.

Graduates develop the in-depth scientific knowledge that underpins clinical veterinary practice. These skills can open up a wide range of career options, including veterinary clinical practice, research, pathology, conservation medicine, pharmaceutical industry, state veterinary medicine, food security, veterinary public health and policy.

RCVS approval

The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) quality assures UK veterinary degrees to make sure that new veterinary surgeons are fit to practise on graduation, and join the RCVS Register. Only those individuals registered with the RCVS can call themselves veterinary surgeons and, with a few exceptions, practise veterinary surgery in the UK.

We are liaising with the RCVS to ensure that our Veterinary Medicine and Science programme meets the standards required for the RCVS to grant full accreditation in 2019.

Read more about RCVS Approval.

If you have any queries about this, please email or call +44 (0)1483 686 750.

2017 Entry requirements

What qualifications do you need?



We do not include General Studies or Critical Thinking in our offers.

Chemistry A-level grade A and Biology A-level grade A are required.

It is desirable for those applicants taking part in the Science Practical Endorsement in either Physics, Biology or Chemistry to obtain a pass.

Access to HE Diploma

QAA-recognised Access to Higher Education Diploma with 39 Level 3 Credits at Distinction, including 15 in Biology and Chemistry (each), and 6 Level 3 Credits at Merit. 

BTEC (QCF Level 3) Extended Diploma

BTEC Extended Diploma DDD and A grade in A Level Chemistry.

International Baccalaureate

35 points

Scottish Highers

Scottish Advanced Highers AAA/Scottish Highers AAAAB

Welsh Baccalaureate

Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Pass including AAB from the Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate and A-levels AA in Biology and Chemistry

Other international qualifications

If you are an international student and you don’t meet the entry requirements to this degree, we offer the International Foundation Year.

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Required subjects

GCSE: minimum five subjects at grade A/7 or above to include Chemistry, Biology and Physics (or double science)

Mathematics and English Language required at a minimum of grade B/5 or above.

Selection process

Applicants are expected to have completed at least four weeks' animal-related work experience, including a week in general veterinary practice. Experience could include farm, stable yard, kennels, rescue centre, research laboratory or abattoir work. 

Read our advice on how to present evidence of your work experience.

Applicants that are successful through our academic shortlisting will be sent a questionnaire.

Read the complete admissions procedure for this course.

English language requirements

7.0 IELTS minimum overall

7.0 IELTS minimum in each sub-skill

If you are an international student and you are concerned that your English is not to the required standard, you may benefit from the International Foundation Year, run by the Surrey International Study Centre.

Please note that the University of Surrey offers English language programmes and is also an IELTS Test Centre.

See 2018 entry information

Course Options

Qualification Course Length Professional Training UCAS code KIS code
BVMSci 5 Years D100 View KIS data set

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Modules listed are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that modules may be subject to teaching availability and/or student demand.

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