Published: 01 April 2019

A week in the life of a vet student

From animal handling to study sessions, discover what a typical week looks like for first-year student vets at Surrey.

Veterinary Medicine and Science degree student University of Surrey

Typical Timetable

The following timetable is a general example - for the latest module information, visit the BVMSci Veterinary Medicine and Science programme page.


  • 7am - Up early for breakfast before a trip to an animal handling facility
  • 9am to 4:30pm - Animal handling at one of four designated facilities off campus. The day is split into two sessions, each dedicated to studying a particular species


  • 9am to 5pm - Anatomy and Physiology study on campus – a full day of lectures, lab practicals and problem-based learning cases
  • 5:30 pm to 7:30pm - Meet coursemates at the Library and Learning Centre for a study session


  • 8:30am to 12pm - Lectures and workshops for Animals in Society and Vet Professional modules


  • 9am to 5pm - Anatomy and Physiology study on campus – another full day of lectures, lab practicals and problem-based learning cases
  • 5:30pm to 7:30pm - Head over to the Library and Learning Centre with coursemates for study session


  • 9am to 5pm - Vet Professional study on campus. Activities include role play, workshops and seminars

Work hard, play hard

Outside of lectures and library sessions, there’s lots to do during your free time at Surrey.

Campus life

The Students’ Union lies at the heart of campus life. With over 100 sports clubs and societies (such as VetSoc) on offer, it’s bursting with opportunities for you to discover new interests, have fun and make friends. The Union nightclub, Rubix, is a popular choice for nights out, and our beautiful lakeside campus has plenty of places to get a coffee, drink or bite to eat.

"The sports facilities, specifically Surrey Sports Park, are fantastic. I have joined the University rugby team, which gives me a great opportunity to forget everything vet-related for a few hours and concentrate on something different that really interests me." 

Rory Brookes, BVMSci Veterinary Medicine and Science

Ten minutes to town

The campus is also a short ten-minute walk from Guildford town centre, home to over 70 pubs, bars and restaurants. From ice skating at Guildford Spectrum to watching a film at the Odeon, Guildford has plenty to offer when you’re looking for a well-earned break from your studies.

Further afield

From London to the coast, discover some of the places our students like to visit during their free time at University.

Learn more about our Veterinary Medicine and Science degrees and read what our students have to say about life at Surrey to discover why we were named ‘Best University for Student Experience’ by The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2016

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