Veterinary General Practice PGCert – 2024 entry

Key information

Start date: September 2024

Study mode and duration
Full-time: 1 year
Part-time: 22 months

Why choose this course

  • Study on a course that has been designed and supported by veterinary educators with a wealth of general practice experience.
  • Gain a thorough understanding of the skills and attributes required for veterinary general practice in the UK. This UK Level 7 qualification will help international veterinarians prepare for the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) statutory membership examination.
  • Expand your existing professional knowledge and skill set to advance your career or gain the support and guidance necessary to return to veterinary practice in the UK after a career break.
  • Benefit from a flexible, online course structure, with access to an extensive virtual library of learning materials.

Meet the academic: Dr Alison Livesey

What you will study

On this course, you will learn about the skills and attributes required in the UK for small animal general practice, equine general practice, production animal general practice, and veterinary public health, pathology and professional skills.

You will be taught the Day One Competencies that are required for new graduate veterinarians, as established by the RCVS.

You will also learn the importance of sustainability, employability, resourcefulness and resilience, digital capabilities, and global and cultural awareness and how they relate to the role of a veterinarian.

International students travelling to the UK

Due to the module structure of this programme, we are unable to provide sponsorship on the Student Route. International students should make use of the Visitor Visa Route to attend the practical component of the programme. Further details can be found on our apply for a visa page

Unfortunately, the University cannot guarantee that Visitor Visa applications will be successful, and a refusal may result in students being unable to successfully complete the programme.

Careers and graduate prospects

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.

Whether your aim is to register with the RCVS to practise in the UK, gain a PGCert to expand your skill set or return to the workforce after a career break, this course will provide you with the necessary support and training.

Completion of this PGCert will provide you with the knowledge and understanding required to prepare for the RCVS statutory membership examination. Veterinarians who are not registered with the RCVS must pass this examination to practise in the UK.

100 per cent of our veterinary medicine and science graduates are in employment or further study (Graduate Outcomes 2023, HESA).

Academic year structure

The academic year is divided into two semesters of 11 weeks each. The course is conducted online and formal teaching will take place in semester 1.

In semester 2, you will be required to spend two weeks at our School of Veterinary Medicine where you will have practical clinical skills sessions followed by related examinations. 

Where possible this course has been structured to align with the dates of the RCVS statutory membership examination. Visit the RCVS website for more information.


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

The University operates a credit framework for all taught programmes based on a 15-credit tariff.

The structure of our programmes follows clear educational aims that are tailored to each programme. These are all outlined in the programme specifications which include further details such as the learning outcomes:


New students will receive their personalised timetable in Welcome Week. In later semesters, two weeks before the start of semester.

Scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week (Monday – Friday), with part-time classes normally scheduled on one or two days. Wednesday afternoons tend to be for sports and cultural activities.

View our code of practice for the scheduling of teaching and assessment (PDF) for more information.

Contact hours

Contact hours can vary across our modules. Full details of the contact hours for each module are available from the University of Surrey's module catalogue. See the modules section for more information.

Entry requirements

Pre-requisite is a veterinary degree.

Do I meet the requirements for this course?

We require you to submit a full application so that we can formally assess whether you meet the criteria published. Unfortunately, we are unable to provide an outcome based on an enquiry (via email, webform enquiry, phone or live chat).

English language requirements

IELTS Academic: 7.0 overall with 7.0 in each element.

These are the English language qualifications and levels that we can accept.

If you do not currently meet the level required for your programme, we offer intensive pre-sessional English language courses, designed to take you to the level of English ability and skill required for your studies here.

Recognition of prior learning

We recognise that many students enter their course with valuable knowledge and skills developed through a range of ways.

If this applies to you, the recognition of prior learning process may mean you can join a course without the formal entry requirements, or at a point appropriate to your previous learning and experience.

There are restrictions for some courses and fees may be payable for certain claims. Please contact the Admissions team with any queries.


Start date: September 2024

Full-time - 1 year


Part-time - 22 months

* per 15 credits
  • For the unstructured self-paced part-time course, the fee shown above is per 15 credits for the 2024-25 academic year
  • The dissertation module is charged as a 15-credit module for fee purposes
  • These fees apply to students commencing study in the academic year 2024-25 only. Fees for new starters are reviewed annually
  • Annual fees will increase by 4% for each subsequent year of study, rounded up to the nearest £100, subject to any overriding applicable legislative requirements.

Payment schedule

  • Students with Tuition Fee Loan: the Student Loans Company pay fees in line with their schedule (students on an unstructured self-paced part-time course are not eligible for a Tuition Fee Loan).
  • Students without a Tuition Fee Loan: pay their fees either in full at the beginning of the programme or in two instalments as follows:
  • 50% payable 10 days after the invoice date (expected to be early October of each academic year)
  • 50% in January of the same academic year.
  • Students on part-time programmes where fees are paid on a modular basis: cannot pay fees by instalment.
  • Sponsored students: must provide us with valid sponsorship information that covers the period of study.

The exact date(s) will be on invoices. 

Additional costs

You will need to cover the costs of travelling to the UK for the two-week residential visit (usually in April) at our School of Veterinary Medicine. This includes accommodation and travel to the campus while you are here.  

Admissions information

Once you apply, you can expect to hear back from us within 14 days. This might be with a decision on your application or with a request for further information.

Our code of practice for postgraduate admissions policy explains how the Admissions team considers applications and admits students. Read our postgraduate applicant guidance for more information on applying.

Terms and conditions

When you accept an offer to study at the University of Surrey, you are agreeing to follow our policies and procedures, student regulations, and terms and conditions.

We provide these terms and conditions in two stages:

  • First when we make an offer.
  • Second when students accept their offer and register to study with us (registration terms and conditions will vary depending on your course and academic year).

View our generic registration terms and conditions (PDF) for the 2023/24 academic year, as a guide on what to expect.


This online prospectus has been published in advance of the academic year to which it applies.

Whilst we have done everything possible to ensure this information is accurate, some changes may happen between publishing and the start of the course.

It is important to check this website for any updates before you apply for a course with us. Read our full disclaimer.

Contact details

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