My student experience
"The clinical teaching that is integrated throughout the course has also been of much benefit, with practising vets during extramural studies (EMS) placements commenting on both my clinical knowledge and practice skills for my stage of study."
"I came to Surrey as the course offered by the Vet School stood out to me. No other school offered such a hands-on course from day one. The chance to be part of a new innovative programme in a small cohort was appealing. The main reason I selected Surrey was because of how welcomed and comfortable I felt on my interview day in comparison to other interviews. I genuinely enjoyed my interview and that is very different to how I felt at other universities.
My first impression was that the University's School of Veterinary Medicine had very welcoming staff.
The practical aspects and training on my course are second to none, from day one we have had hands-on experience, preparing us for a career in veterinary medicine. My first day at Vet School was spent with RSPCA carrying out animal handling.
The highlight of fourth year for me was being to be the first surgeon at the new spay and neuter clinic at Lumbry Park, where we have had the opportunity to develop essential surgery and anaesthesia skills in preparation for fifth year rotations. The clinical teaching that is integrated throughout the course has also been of much benefit, with practising vets during extramural studies (EMS) placements commenting on both my clinical knowledge and practice skills for my stage of study. With other students on the course receiving similar feedback, I am not alone.
The course provides a good combination of practical and theoretical teaching that equips us well for a career in veterinary medicine.
I feel the Vet School is unique in the level of support from academic staff both in the level of teaching we receive and also in the level of support that is supplied through the personal tutoring system. We also have state-of-the-art facilities to further practise our clinical skills with open access allowing us to practise skills as often as we require, which is invaluable when it comes to revision time and equipping ourselves for our first years in practice.
The annual VetSoc balls are very much a highlight of each year, the Vet School has a uniquely close cohort of students which provides for an excellent support system and for an excellent social life to relieve for the stresses of a five year course.
Studying on the BVMSci Veterinary Medicine and Science course at Surrey has lead me to an interest in emergency and critical care in small animal practice, something which I am looking forward to experiencing further in fifth-year rotation and developing as a new graduate."