Published: 20 January 2021

A week in the life of a veterinary biosciences student

From anatomy and physiology lectures to role plays, discover what a typical week looks like as a first-year BSc (Hons) Veterinary Biosciences student at Surrey.

How you'll learn

Your teaching throughout the course will be delivered through a combination of:

  • Distance-learning (on occasion)
  • Group work (e.g. discussion groups)
  • Laboratory-based practicals
  • Lectures
  • Online learning
  • Role plays
  • Seminars
  • Tutorials.

Outside of these, you’ll be expected to carry out independent study, including coursework, essays, laboratory write-ups and reading.

We’ve also introduced hybrid learning, a mix of online and face-to-face sessions, in light of the Covid-19 pandemic.

"I particularly enjoy the practical sessions within the laboratory because we are putting the theory we learn into practice."
Emma Clayton, BSc (Hons) Veterinary Biosciences

A typical week in Semester 1 of your first year

In your first year, you'll receive approximately 12 contact hours each week.


  • 9am to 10am – 'Biochemistry: The Molecules of Life' lecture
  • 11am to 1pm – 'Veterinary Anatomy and Physiology' lecture
  • 2pm to 3pm – Tutorial


  • 9am to 10am – 'Microbiology: An Introduction to the Microbial World' lecture
    10am to 12pm – 'Microbiology: An Introduction to the Microbial World' practical


Please note, Wednesday afternoons are left free for sporting activities.


  • 9am to 11am – 'Cell Biology' lecture
  • 12pm to 1pm – 'Microbiology: An Introduction to the Microbial World' lecture


Find out more about our veterinary biosciences course


The timetable and modules listed are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication and may be subject to teaching availability, student demand and/or class size caps.

Given the changing nature of the Covid-19 pandemic, our hybrid learning model is under continuous review. See the latest information on all changes.

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