School of Veterinary Medicine

about us

Head of School's welcome

As the UK's newest School of Veterinary Medicine, we are creating a vet school that is different. Whilst embracing the traditional values of professionalism, scientific curiosity and clinical excellence, we are also developing a school with broad horizons.


Our extensive network of partners in clinical practice, industry and research opens up unique learning opportunities for our students and for industry-relevant research. Our global outlook ensures an international perspective on all aspects of veterinary science.

We recognise that veterinary scientists have important roles to play in addressing some of the major challenges that the world faces. Our graduates will be well prepared to meet both present and future challenges of our ever-changing world. 

Professor Chris Proudman, Head of School of Veterinary Medicine

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Vision, Mission and Values

Our Vision

To educate confident and compassionate veterinarians committed to animal welfare, who through clinical and scientific excellence contribute significantly to society with professionalism and integrity.

We will deliver world-leading, multi-disciplinary, translational research and innovative education through local and global partnerships to benefit veterinary and human medicine.

Our Mission

Our mission is to inspire and educate veterinary professionals who will advance veterinary medicine to meet the needs of a changing world.

Our Values

  • Innovation: We are focused on an innovative approach to education and translational, multi-disciplinary research aimed at the prevention and treatment of disease in animals and humans.
  • Collaboration: Through local, national and international collaborations we promote the generation and sharing of knowledge amongst scientific communities, the veterinary profession and the animal-owning public.
  • Passion: We are passionate leaders and role models dedicating our professional lives with confidence, compassion and empathy to the protection of animal health and welfare and the promotion of public health.
  • Openness: We are open and honest advocates for all animals, respectful of our fellow professionals and dedicated to upholding the reputation of the veterinary profession in all our actions and communications.
  • Curiosity: As enquiring, creative educators and researchers who value student-focused education, we instil professional curiosity and a passion for life-long learning.

Teaching Philosophy

We aim to engage our students in their learning to become independent and life long learners. Problem based learning and research activities are used to develop critical thinking and team skills early in the programme.

Clinical skills suites for both large and small animals will allow early development of technical skills before exposure to real world settings by the distributed model. Our students will be more practice ready having trained in practice settings.

RCVS Approval

The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) quality assures UK veterinary degrees to make sure that new veterinary surgeons are fit to practise on graduation, and join the RCVS Register. Only those individuals registered with the RCVS can call themselves veterinary surgeons and, with a few exceptions, practise veterinary surgery in the UK.

We are liaising with the RCVS to ensure that our veterinary medicine & science course meets the standards required for the RCVS to recommend that a Recognition Order is made in 2019. Read more about RCVS Approval.

If you have any queries about this, please email or call +44 (0)1483 686 750.

Our departments

Department of Clinical Sciences

The Department of Clinical Sciences is the home of the faculty members with a clinical, welfare or teaching-focussed background. We have expertise across species from farm to laboratory animals, and from reproduction, and internal medicine to surgery, including orthopaedic and neurosurgery.

Our teaching fellows include those with focus on communications, veterinary professionalism, clinical skills training, nutrition, welfare, companion animals and e-learning. We are a diverse group, offering a great range of expertise for the students and research opportunities in clinically-motivated, welfare-oriented or pedagogically-focussed areas.

Head of Department: Professor Caroline Argo


Department of Pathology and Infectious Diseases

The Department of Pathology and Infectious Diseases (PID) brings together a multidisciplinary team of veterinary surgeons, microbiologists, pathologists and immunologists to understand host pathogen interactions in animals and humans.

Our focus is on understanding pathogen behaviour in the host and environment alike and specifically with regard to new and emerging and zoonotic diseases including Rabies, Prions, CampylobacterE. coliBrachyspira, Bluetongue, Classical Swine Fever, PRRS, Schmallenberg, MRSA and TB.

Furthermore, the research interests extend to understanding how pathogens are transmitted and controlled, including the emergence of antimicrobial resistance and how it influences pathogen fitness and the development of novel control strategies including vaccines and probiotics. Our research also extends to non-infectious diseases including diabetes, developmental neurology and oncology.

Head of Department: Professor Roberto La Ragione


Department of Veterinary Epidemiology and Public Health

The Department of Veterinary Epidemiology and Public Health comprises academics who have interests in the health and well-being of populations of animals and in the impact that this can have on society as a whole. This includes considering herd health, where the welfare of all animals within a farm is managed.

Successful farm animal health management benefits the individual animals and the productivity of the farm as a business enterprise. An appreciation of the role of the veterinary profession in safeguarding the wider public from threats to health is also a paramount concern.

This is underpinned by the discipline of epidemiology – broadly, the study of disease and factors associated with disease occurrence in populations. Within the School, we contribute to teaching at all stages in the curriculum, with a special emphasis in the “Animals and Society” module.

We will also undertake research in relevant areas, often in collaboration with other scientists and professionals, including our veterinary partners. As a result, we will enable our students to experience and learn about this fascinating part of the world of veterinary medicine.

Head of Department: Professor Alasdair (Alex) Cook


Department of Veterinary Pre-Clinical Sciences

The Department of Veterinary Pre-Clinical Sciences consists of academics with wide-ranging interests in veterinary pre-clinical disciplines including anatomy, physiology, pharmacology and endocrinology. Our multidisciplinary approach in teaching and research allows us to concentrate on the biological and biomedical sciences that underlie the practice of veterinary medicine.

Academics in this department contribute to teaching in the first three years of the curriculum, with a special emphasis on structure-function relationships in body systems. Current research expertise in the department focuses on the musculoskeletal and cardiovascular systems.

We have ongoing projects on biomarkers of chronic and inflammatory diseases of joints, the cellular physiology and pharmacology of articular cartilage, cardiac arrhythmogenicity and calcium signalling. Many of these projects are in collaboration with other schools at the University of Surrey, UK and international institutions and our veterinary partners.

Head of Department: Professor Ali Mobasheri