5 reasons to study veterinary medicine and science at Surrey
Discover how you'll develop your skills in veterinary medicine and science at Surrey. Our course is ranked 7th in the UK by The Guardian University Guide 2022 and 9th in the UK by the Complete University Guide 2022.
1. Study modules designed by practitioners
Our hands-on curriculum has been created in collaboration with our partnership of veterinary practices and scientific research institutes, including Marwell Zoo, ensuring everything you learn is multidisciplinary and relevant for your career in veterinary medicine. You’ll learn about different body systems, covering all common companion and production animal species, as well as wildlife and exotic species.
Throughout your studies, you’ll study topics that are fundamental to veterinary medicine, including:
- Animal husbandry
2. Access state-of-the-art facilities
As a veterinary medicine and science student at Surrey, you’ll benefit from hands-on learning in our multi-million pound Veterinary Clinical Skills Centre. The Centre is fitted with latest industry equipment, including electrocardiogram (ECG) monitors and simulators, that you’ll use to practise anaesthesia, intravenous and urinary catheterisation, life support and resuscitation, suture placement, and venepuncture.
You’ll also have practical classes at our Veterinary Pathology Centre, home to our microscopy suites, pathology laboratories, post-mortem examination room and viewing gallery. Here you’ll learn about the anatomy of different species by watching dissections as they take place, with the opportunity to conduct your own too. In our Veterinary Biomechanics Laboratory, you’ll learn about animal movements, gait and posture adaptations, and how you can use gait analysis as a diagnostic tool.
3. Gain clinical experience
In your final year of study, you’ll complete seven intramural clinical placements, with one of our 70 partner veterinary practices. Here you’ll be mentored by practitioners in small animal and equine general practice, small animal referral practice, production animal practice, and veterinary pathology and public health. You’ll develop an awareness of working as a veterinary professional in a clinical environment, before building up your knowledge and skills.
My biggest highlight has been working at Fitzpatrick Referrals, home of Channel 4’s The Supervet: Noel Fitzpatrick. I spent a week with the fantastic neurology team and was lucky enough to assist with spinal surgery on a miniature dachshund suffering from intravertebral disc disease. It was a surreal experience and one I won’t forget in a hurry.Will Collins , Veterinary Medicine and Science BVMSci
4. Learn from experts
We have a hands-on, clinical-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 registered veterinary practitioners and researchers within their respective fields.
These may include:
- Professor Noel Fitzpatrick - The Supervet and founder of Fitzpatrick Referrals Orthopaedics and Neurology
- Dr Ilknur Aktan - an expert with over 10 years’ experience in veterinary anatomy
- Dr Melanie Blevins - lecturer in small animal surgery
- Dr Teresa Hollands - an expert with over 30 years’ experience in veterinary nutrition.
5. Enhance your employability
Our course is accredited by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS), giving you the academic requirements needed to register as a veterinary surgeon, once you graduate. 100% of our veterinary medicine and science graduates go onto employment or further study* and you can find our alumni working in a range of jobs across the UK and beyond.
*Graduate Outcomes survey 2021, HESA.