Veterinary Medicine and Science BVMSci (Hons) – 2020 entry
Why choose this course
With our £45 million state-of-the-art facilities, including our £11m Veterinary Pathology Centre, our diverse BVMSci Veterinary Medicine and Science course will fully equip you to excel in this dynamic field.
Surrey gives you the opportunity to benefit from our wide partner network and strong industry links within the veterinary profession. You may also get to take on challenging research with our partner organisations, allowing you to gain a unique insight into veterinary research.
Our hands-on, practical training and partnership-based teaching are designed to build your confidence right from day one, and allow you to understand the range of career opportunities open to you.
What you will study
As a student of our BVMSci Veterinary Medicine and Science course, you’ll explore animal health and disease and receive specialist training in veterinary science and its associated disciplines, preparing you for a successful and infinitely rewarding career.
This exciting five-year course has been created to encourage interdisciplinary collaborations in animal and human health.
In addition to studying towards your professional veterinary medicine qualification, you’ll receive training in the core sciences and develop professional and business skills.
Our veterinary partners provide opportunities for you to gain outstanding clinical experience with both general practice and referral-type caseload.
|Qualification||Course length||Professional Training||Start date||UCAS||KIS code|
|BVMSci (Hons)||60 months||Oct 2020||D100||View KIS data set|
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.
A BVMSci degree from Surrey provides an excellent platform for a variety of careers.
Graduates develop the in-depth scientific knowledge that forms the basis of clinical veterinary practice. These skills can open up a wide range of career options, including veterinary clinical practice, research, pathology, conservation medicine, pharmaceutical industry, food security, veterinary public health and policy.
Study and work abroad
We give our students the opportunity to acquire international experience during their degrees by taking advantage of our exchange agreements with overseas universities or by completing a Professional Training placement abroad. In addition to the hugely enjoyable and satisfying experience, time spent abroad adds a distinctive element to your CV. View our study and work abroad exchange information to find out more and see where you can go.
Please note: the status of the Erasmus+ scheme is dependent on the outcome of the Brexit negotiations.
In your fifth year, there may be an opportunity to spend your special interest elective rotation abroad. This is subject to approval from the School.
Clinical training placements
Intra-mural rotations (IMR) are Surrey Vet School’s unique approach to veterinary clinical training for its fifth and final year students.
Students take eight clinical training placements out in the workplace, where they are mentored by trained practice staff.
IMR builds on the concept of extra-mural studies (EMS), earlier in the course, which offers students an opportunity to gain real-life work experience to enhance their university-based studies.
Fifth year intra-mural rotations are structured as follows:
- Small animal general practice 1
- Small animal general practice 2
- Small animal referral practice
- Equine general practice
- Production animals
- Special interest electives
- Core elective (four weeks spent practising one of the following: small animal, equine or productions)
- Veterinary Pathology and Public Health.
As part of the clinically-integrated BVMSci Veterinary Medicine and Science course, you’ll be introduced to ‘core’ clinical rotations, and there may be the opportunity to select a proportion of your practical experience to gain bespoke training centred on your interests. This includes the opportunity to take up a research-based project.
Extra-mural placements are an essential part of veterinary training, providing you with practical experience that reinforces their university-based studies.
In keeping with the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons guidelines, all students are required to undertake a minimum 38 weeks of extra-mural placements. These consist of 12 weeks of animal husbandry extramural studies (AHEMS) and 26 weeks of clinical extramural studies.
Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons accreditation
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.
The University of Surrey and the RCVS are working closely together to ensure that the our BVMSci Veterinary Medicine and Science course meets the standards required for the RCVS to grant full accreditation in 2019.
The Veterinary Clinical Skills Centre provides livestock and companion animal handling and examination areas, a locomotion laboratory, a simulated veterinary practice for communications training, seminar rooms and a technical skills training centre.
Terms and conditions
When you accept an offer of a place at the University of Surrey, you are agreeing to comply with our policies and regulations, and our terms and conditions. These terms and conditions are provided in two stages: first when we make an offer and second when students who have accepted their offers register to study at the University. View our offer terms and conditions and our generic registration terms and conditions (PDF) as a guide as to what to expect.
Please note: our offer terms and conditions will be available in the September of the calendar year prior to the year in which you begin your studies. Our registration terms and conditions will vary to take into account specifics of your course.
This online prospectus has been prepared and published in advance of the academic year to which it applies. The University of Surrey has used its reasonable efforts to ensure that the information is accurate at the time of publishing, but changes (for example to course content or additional costs) may occur given the interval between publishing and commencement of the course. It is therefore very important to check this website for any updates before you apply for a course with us. Read more.
Academic year structure
The academic year is divided into two semesters of 15 weeks each. Each semester consists of a period of teaching, revision/directed learning and assessment.
The University operates a credit framework for all taught programmes based on a 15-credit tariff. Modules can be either 15, 30, 45 or 60 credits.
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.
Modules listed are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that modules may be subject to teaching availability, student demand and/or class size caps.
Please note: If there is an optional Professional Training placement as part of your course, you can view the full module listing for this on the relevant programme specification.
Timetables are normally available one month before the start of the semester. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week (Monday–Friday). Wednesday afternoons are normally reserved for sports and cultural activities. Part-time classes are normally scheduled on one or two days per week, details of which can be obtained from the course administrators. View our Timetabling Policy (PDF).
Our teaching methods will develop your problem-solving skills, train you to use essential equipment and support your ability to be life-long learners. The curriculum is structured around the different body systems, covering all common companion and farm species, in addition to wildlife and exotic species.
The modules cover anatomy, physiology, biochemistry and embryology in Year 1 and pathology and infectious disease in Year 2, as well as pharmacology, diagnostic techniques, communication, and clinical medicine and surgery in Level 3. In Level 4, the modules are divided according to species where you’ll use your knowledge and skills from the first three years to help develop further expertise in these species.
In addition to University of Surrey academics, many of who have specialist veterinary qualifications, part of your teaching will be provided by vets and specialists from our partner veterinary practices and other organisations.
Research students will sometimes help to deliver your modules. These students will be researching in a similar subject to the module, and will have undertaken training prior to being invited to teach. The University has a set of procedures that govern the use of postgraduate research students in this way.
This course is taught by academic staff from the School of Veterinary Medicine.
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All taught students are assigned a personal tutor before beginning a programme of study. Personal tutors offer support and advice to students in the areas of:
- Academic progress
- Pastoral/welfare issues
- Personal/professional development and employability.
Modules are assessed individually and credits are awarded for the successful completion of each one. Assessment takes place through a combination of examination and/or coursework, practical examinations and reports. Check individual module information to see full details at a module level.
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.
Learning and disability support
We have two services, the Academic Skills and Development and Additional Learning Support (ALS) which can help develop your learning.
Academic Skills and Development
Academic Skills and Development is a learning space in the Library where our learning development team is based. It comprises dedicated Student Learning Advisers and Information Skills Librarians who can help you develop your academic and research skills, including writing, presenting, revision and critical thinking.
Find out more about the study support available.
Additional Learning Support
Additional Learning Support (ALS) is the University of Surrey’s disability and neurodiversity service. The ALS team supports students with disabilities, long-term health conditions, specific learning differences (such as dyslexia and dyspraxia) and other neurodiverse conditions (including autism spectrum and attention deficit disorder).
If you tell us about any conditions and register with us, we can give you appropriate support during your studies.
We can arrange exam and learning support adjustments, give advice on applications for the Disabled Students' Allowance, and test you for dyslexia and dyspraxia. We can also offer regular study skills and mentoring support.
See the Additional Learning Support website for more information.
English language support
Our English Language Support Programme (ELSP) provides tailored English language support during your studies. It is particularly valuable to students who speak English as a second or additional language, but native speakers are also welcome.
What qualifications do you need?
English language requirements
IELTS Academic: 7.0 overall with 7.0 in each element.
View the other English language qualifications that we 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. The University of Surrey is also an IELTS test centre.
You are expected to have completed at least four weeks' animal-related work experience, including a week in general veterinary practice. Experience could include farm, stable yard, kennels, rescue centre, research laboratory or abattoir work. All work experience must be completed before 15 October 2019 and only official references in the formats outlined in the advice below can be accepted.
Read our advice on how to present evidence of your work experience (PDF).
You will be sent a questionnaire to complete and will have a week to complete and return this to us. Questionnaires will be scored if you successfully proceed through the academic and work experience shortlisting. Applicants that score the highest will be invited to interview.
We are unable to guarantee successful candidates your first preference of interview day.
Read the complete admissions procedure for this course (PDF).
Fitness to practise: All of our offers will be made subject to a health screening and DBS checks. Occupational health services are provided by The Robens Centre on behalf of the University of Surrey. All students must meet the professional standards and guidelines for health and conduct (PDF).
Interviews: If you are a successful applicant you will be invited to interview.
Recognition of prior learning
The University of Surrey recognises that many students enter their higher education course with valuable knowledge and skills developed through a range of professional, vocational and community contexts. If this applies to you, a process called recognition of prior learning (RPL) may allow you to enter your course at a point appropriate to your previous learning and experience, or to join the start of a course without the formal entry requirements. This means that you may be exempt from certain elements of study in the course for which you have applied and be awarded credit based on your previous qualifications/experience. There are restrictions on RPL for some courses and fees may be payable for certain claims.
Please see the code of practice for recognition of prior learning and prior credit: taught programmes (PDF) for further information. Please email Admissions with any queries.
|Qualification||Start date||Course length||Professional Training||UK/EU fees||Overseas fees||Professional Training fees|
|BVMSci (Hons)||Oct 2020||60 months||To be confirmed||To be confirmed||Not applicable|
The University will assess your fee status. If you are unsure whether you are likely to be considered a home, EU or overseas student for fees purposes, the UKCISA website offers more information.
There are associated costs with this course:
- Books/stationery/admin: £45-180 - Students are also strongly advised to register as a member of the British Veterinary Association. This provides insurance cover for placement activity and associated work experience. Membership is free for first-year students and around £45 per annum in following years.
- Commuting (Local travel expenses): Students are required to undertake 38 weeks of Extramural Studies (EMS). These placements are arranged by students who are responsible for all associated costs (i.e travel, accommodation, equipment). Costs will vary depending on where students decide to undertake their EMS placements. In year 5 of the programme students undertake a series of clinical “Intramural” rotations (IMR). Students will be required to return for university-based activities and examinations throughout the year so will be advised to maintain accommodation local to Guildford where possible. Most placements occur within commutable distance and any travel expense incurred over and above a student’s normal journey to the University can be claimed back via the University. If students are allocated to a placement deemed “non-commutable” the University will pay a contribution to dual accommodation costs.
- Safety equipment and/or uniform: £437 approximately - Students must purchase compulsory personal protection equipment (PPE) prior to starting on the programme to be worn in all animal handling/husbandry classes and whilst on placement. The costs are approx. £400 for year 1, to include approx. £135 of self-sourced uniform and equipment. Additional items are then required for Year 2 (at a cost of approx. £6.99) and Year 4 (at a cost of approx. £30) of the programme. This gives a total of approx. £437.00. Students are also responsible for the costs associated with maintaining/washing their uniform.
Grand total: £617 approximately
These additional costs are accurate as of September 2018 and apply to the 2019 year of entry. Costs for 2020 entry will be published in September 2019.
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