Published: 11 January 2018

Top jobs with a veterinary medicine degree

Find out what you could do with a degree in veterinary medicine and science, and discover some of the jobs that await Surrey veterinary medicine graduates.


A veterinary degree can take you in many different directions.

As a student on our BVMSci Veterinary Medicine and Science course, you will develop strong analytical, problem-solving, communication, time-management, interpersonal and team-working skills that can be applied to a range of different jobs.


"Having repeated hands-on experience with live animals has been crucial, not only in reinforcing lecture content but also in ensuring we all feel comfortable with a variety of species."

Zoe Nalborczyk, BVMSci Veterinary Medicine and Science


Careers with a veterinary medicine degree

As a hands-on degree, veterinary medicine and science will equip you with the necessary skills and knowledge to work as a vet following graduation. Working as a vet is a tremendously rewarding career, with excellent long-term prospects. A vet takes on many roles, including the role of a surgeon, radiologist, pharmacist and healthcare professional, to treat a huge range of different animals. However, the work of vets is not just restricted to animals, vets can also make direct contributions to human health.

While many people study veterinary medicine and science because they want to diagnose and treat animals, there are also many other diverse opportunities available to vet graduates. Throughout your veterinary degree, you will develop skills that will enable you to pursue a career in scientific research, the pharmaceutical or animal nutrition industries, conservation and wildlife, the higher education sector, and working with military working dogs.

Veterinary medicine graduate jobs

Jobs directly related to our BVMSci Veterinary Medicine and Science degree include:

  • Veterinary surgeon
  • Veterinary nurse
  • Zookeeper
  • Scientific researcher
  • Higher education lecturer
  • Nature conservation officer
  • Science writer
  • Environmental consultant
  • Ecologist.


"I have really enjoyed the practical hands-on elements of the BVMSci Veterinary Medicine and Science course, particularly the visits to Westpoint Farm Vets, Berkshire College and the Surrey Wildlife Trust. These experiences have given me opportunities to practise and develop husbandry skills and techniques."

Rory Brookes, BVMSci Veterinary Medicine and Science


Typical employers recruiting veterinary graduates include:

  • Veterinary practices
  • Animal hospitals
  • Zoos
  • Charitable organisations (such as the RSPCA)
  • Universities
  • Research laboratories
  • The armed forces.


Discover more about our veterinary medicine and science degrees, including our BVMSci in Veterinary Medicine and Science.

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