Published: 17 February 2020

Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons seal of approval

The University of Surrey’s innovative veterinary degree has received the seal of approval from the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS).  

RCVS accreditation signifies the culmination of many years of hard work by teams across the university, as well as our veterinary practice partners. This work began almost ten years ago, when a group of local vets met with university officials to discuss the idea of creating a school with a difference and one which was fully aligned with the needs of the profession.

Partnering with the profession

The idea of a vet school which put the profession at the heart of the curriculum, exposing students to the daily challenges and rewards of life as a veterinary scientist, was seen as an exciting development in veterinary education.

Today, our School of Veterinary Medicine is very much a part of the UK’s veterinary and wider scientific community. 

This is an exciting moment for the University and for our unique network of veterinary partners.

Chris Proudman, Professor and Head of the School of Veterinary Medicine

We engage across the board with leading scientific research institutions, farm, equine and small animal practices; we deliver our public health elective with a local dairy and abattoir and have a network of over 70 veterinary practices whom we work with to deliver the final year of our degree course.

We have always listened carefully to feedback from our partners and have worked hard to deliver education and training which will meet the many and varied needs of profession.

Our veterinary partners contribute to curriculum design, as well as getting involved with teaching and final year examinations. They also attend our increasingly popular careers’ fairs, where they are keen to reconnect with students they have met during the course.

Learning in the workplace

Something that has always set Surrey apart from other vet schools is our final year of workplace-based learning, which operates in a similar manner to ‘traineeships’ in the medical profession.

Surrey students spend their final year out in veterinary practice, which means that they benefit from an authentic and varied ‘on the ground’ clinical education. Practices nominate a mentor to oversee each student on a four-week placement, whilst the university has a team of dedicated clinical teaching fellows to act as a point of contact for each practice and support students from an educational and pastoral perspective.

This unique ‘hands-on’ approach to veterinary education means that everyone benefits. Vets-in-practice are keen to share their knowledge and expertise with Surrey students, while learning about latest developments. In turn, students get to experience what life as a veterinary practitioner is like and visibly grow in confidence throughout the year.

Over the past five years we have worked very closely with the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons and with our clinical partners, students and staff, to deliver a high standard of veterinary education and training. 

We are delighted that the University of Surrey’s School of Veterinary Medicine has become the UK’s eighth provider of veterinary education. The support and enthusiasm of our partner practice network has been essential in delivering our vision of competent, confident and compassionate veterinary graduates.

If you are considering veterinary medicine as a career, come and visit us at one of our 2020 Vet School open days, to get a feel for life as a ‘Surrey Vet’.

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