Published: 13 May 2020

5 reasons to study BSc (Hons) Veterinary Biosciences at Surrey

On our BSc (Hons) Veterinary Biosciences course, you’ll be able to select modules tailored to your interests, access our state-of-the-art facilities, gain industry experience, learn from a wealth of experts and enhance your employability.

1. Select modules tailored to your interests

In the first year of your BSc (Hons) Veterinary Biosciences course, you’ll study topics that are fundamental to veterinary biosciences, including biochemistry, cell biology, evolutionary origins of biodiversity, genetics, microbiology, and veterinary anatomy and physiology, ensuring you have a solid foundation upon which to build the rest of your degree. During your second year, you’ll get the option to study animal biology, animal ecology, animal nutrition, cellular microbiology, food microbiology, immunology, and pathology.

In your third year, you’ll study animal infectious diseases and veterinary immunology. You’ll also select four modules, exploring topics such as animal behaviour, animal diversity, epidemiology of infectious diseases, food security and advanced pharmacology. These will allow you to specialise and delve deeper into your areas of interest.

You’ll also get the opportunity to work alongside a supervisor to conduct your own scientific research project, critically evaluating protocols, data and literature.

2. Access state-of-the-art facilities

As a veterinary biosciences student at Surrey, you’ll benefit from hands-on learning in our £10 million Innovation for Health Learning Laboratory. The laboratory is fitted with latest industry equipment, and TV screens are used to show you how to conduct experiments and follow scientific protocols.

Laboratory-based practical work will form an integral part of your course and you’ll get to conduct your first experiment during your second week.You’ll familiarise yourself with veterinary biosciences methodology and develop the practical laboratory experience that’s essential in a research career and valued by a wide range of employers.

3. Gain industry experience

Our Professional Training placements give you the opportunity to gain real industry experience, in an area of personal interest. You can choose to work for a range of employers, including veterinary surgeries, zoological parks, conservation centres and sanctuaries, to practise and enhance your skills. Previous placements organisations have included the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA), and The Pirbright Institute.

We have an extensive number of partner institutions that offer placements exclusively to Surrey students, giving you access to research laboratories across the world. Recent international placements have taken place in Australia, Brazil, Canada, and across Europe.

You can also explore your transferrable skills by working in other fields including scientific communications, marketing and data analysis.

4. Learn from experts

We have a research-led focus to our teaching, ensuring everything you learn is up-to-date and relevant to employers. You’ll be taught by lecturers who are active researchers within their respective fields.

These may include Dr Jorge Gutierrez-Merino (an expert in the use of probiotics against infectious diseases and inflammatory disorders) and Dr Teresa Hollands (an expert in animal nutrition).

5. Enhance your employability

We prepare you for a wide range of careers, with 100% of our BSc (Hons) Veterinary Biosciences graduates going on to full-time employment or further study.* Typical roles include animal health officers, laboratory managers, and research scientists. Our alumni can be found in hospital, academic and industrial research laboratories around the world, with recent graduates working for the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA), Heathrow Animal Reception Centre, J Sainsbury plc, the Pirbright Institute, and Public Health England.

With the critical thinking, analysis, problem solving, decision making, and communication skills learnt throughout the course, several graduates have sought alternative careers in management and consultancy. Many students also use this course to apply for further study, including postgraduate research and veterinary medicine programmes.


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*Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education Survey 2016-2017

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