Published: 26 January 2024

Your future in veterinary medicine

A degree in veterinary medicine will equip you with the experience, skills and knowledge needed to start your career in this rewarding field. Discover more about our undergraduate Veterinary Medicine and Science course and what your future could hold. 

Your career, your choice 

Our Veterinary Medicine and Science course is accredited by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS), which means that on successful completion of your studies, you'll have the academic requirements needed to register to work as a veterinary surgeon.

We'll prepare you for a wide range of careers, with typical roles including veterinary clinical practice, pathology, conservation medicine, research science, the pharmaceutical industry, food safety, and veterinary public health and policy. 

With the professional, business and communication skills learnt throughout the course, you’ll also be highly desirable in other industries. This may include roles such as:

  • Ecologist
  • Environmental consultant
  • Higher education lecturer
  • Nature conservation officer
  • Scientific writer
  • Scientific researcher
  • Zookeeper.

Some students also use our course to apply for further study, including postgraduate research.


Our alumni can be found all around the world, with recent graduates working for:

  • Animal hospitals
  • The British Armed Forces
  • Charitable organisations such as the RSPCA
  • Research laboratories
  • Universities
  • Veterinary practices
  • Zoos.

100 per cent of graduates from our School of Veterinary Medicine go on to employment or further study (Graduate Outcomes 2023, HESA).


Once you’ve graduated and you’re registered with the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS), you can practise throughout the UK, Channel Islands and the Isle of Man.

You can also apply to practise outside of the UK and you’ll be recognised for automatic registration by the Australasian Veterinary Boards Council (AVBC) and the South African Veterinary Council (SAVC). We’re currently working towards accreditation by the European Association of Establishments of Veterinary Education (EAEVE), so you can practise across Europe.

Supporting your career journey

Over the last decade, our employment figures have been among the best in the UK. We offer careers information, advice and guidance to all students whilst studying with us, which is extended to our alumni for three years after leaving the University.

Find out more about our Veterinary Medicine and Science course

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