Veterinary Medicine and Science BVMSci (Hons) – 2024 entry

Key information

Start date: September 2024

AwardUCAS codeCourse duration
BVMSci (Hons) UCAS: D1005 years View KIS data set

Applications for the 2024 entry will open in May 2023.

Why choose this course


In the UK by the Complete University Guide 2023


In the UK by the Guardian University Guide 2023

Over 90%

satisfaction score for veterinary medicine and science in the National Student Survey 2022

  • Study a hands-on curriculum, designed in collaboration with our partnership of veterinary practices and scientific research institutes, where you’ll learn to meet the diverse needs of companion, production, equine, laboratory animals, and exotic and wildlife species.
  • Access our multi-million-pound facilities, including our Veterinary Clinical Skills Centre and Veterinary Pathology Centre, to practise anaesthesia, catheterisation, dissection, perform a necropsy and more.
  • Spend your final year completing clinical intramural rotations (IMR) to develop an awareness of working as a veterinary professional in a clinical environment, under the supervision of qualified professionals.
  • Learn from academics who are registered veterinary practitioners and researchers, in addition to a multidisciplinary team of veterinary specialists from our partner organisations.
  • Get the academic requirements needed to register with the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) to work as a veterinary surgeon once you’ve graduated.
Students looking at TV screen watching a practical session

What you will study

On this course, created in collaboration with our partnership of veterinary practices and scientific research institutes, including Marwell Zoo, you’ll learn about different body systems, covering all common companion, equine and production animal species, in addition to wildlife and exotic species.

In your first year, you’ll study topics that are fundamental to veterinary medicine, including anatomy, animal husbandry, cells and genes, physiology and the concept of professionalism, ensuring you have a solid foundation upon which to build the rest of your degree. During your second year, you’ll learn about epidemiology, infectious diseases, and pathology, using clinical case studies and a ‘One Health’ approach. You will also gain more advanced skills in handling and restraint including clinical examination of the common domestic species.

In your third year, you’ll delve deeper into clinical medicine and surgery, diagnostic techniques, pharmacology, scientific methods and evidence-based veterinary medicine. You’ll also get the opportunity to work alongside a facilitator to conduct a scientific research project, critically evaluating protocols, data and literature.

During your fourth year, your modules are species based and you’ll specialise further in anaesthesia, surgery and patient care, contemporary issues in veterinary medicine, and zoological medicine. You’ll take part in hands-on practical workshops. Each week you’ll focus on a different topic, including critical care and triage medicine, dentistry, how to administer medications and neutering. You’ll work in small groups under the supervision of veterinarians.

In your fifth year, you’ll complete clinical intramural rotations in our extensive network of veterinary practices to further your knowledge, competences, attributes and skills.


You’ll benefit from hands-on learning in our two multi-million pound Veterinary Clinical Skills Centres. The Centres are fitted with latest teaching equipment, including electrocardiogram (ECG) monitors and simulators, that you’ll use to practise procedures and skills such as anaesthesia, intravenous and urinary catheterisation, life support and resuscitation, suture placement, venepuncture and more.

You’ll also have practical classes at our Veterinary Pathology Centre, home to our microscopy suites, pathology laboratories, post-mortem examination room and viewing gallery. Here you’ll learn about the comparative anatomy of different species by watching dissections as they take place, with the opportunity to conduct your own too. You’ll perform a necropsy and you’ll examine gross and microscopic pathological specimens, to identify common pathological findings.

Your time in our facilities will allow you to practise your communication and clinical skills, essential in a veterinary career and valued by a wide range of employers.

Teaching staff

You’ll be taught by lecturers and academics who are registered veterinary practitioners and researchers. Our teaching staff includes internationally registered veterinary specialists.

You’ll also be taught by a multidisciplinary team of veterinary professionals and specialists from our partner practices and organisations.

Skill development

Throughout your studies, you’ll receive training in the core sciences, and you’ll develop your professional and business skills. These skills include:

  • Acting on feedback
  • Assessing evidence from the literature
  • Communication
  • Ethics
  • Lifelong learning
  • Professionalism
  • Self-care and stress management
  • Working in teams.

Professional recognition

BVMSci (Hons) - Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS)
Accredited by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) for the purpose of eligibility for registration as a veterinary surgeon with that body.

BVMSci (Hons) - Australian Veterinary Boards Council Inc. (AVBC)
On successful completion of this course, you’re recognised for automatic registration by the Australasian Veterinary Boards Council (AVBC)

BVMSci (Hons) - South African Veterinary Council (SAVC)
On successful completion of this course, you’re recognised for automatic registration by the South African Veterinary Council (SAVC)

BVMSci (Hons) - Singaporean Animal & Veterinary Service (AVS)
On successful completion of this course, you¿re recognised for automatic registration by the Singaporean Animal & Veterinary Service (AVS)

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.

This 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. Once registered, you can practise throughout the UK, Channel Islands and the Isle of Man.

Once you’ve graduated, 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), the South African Veterinary Council (SAVC) and the Singaporean Animal and Veterinary Service (AVS). We’re currently working towards accreditation by the European Association of Establishments of Veterinary Education (EAEVE).

96% of our veterinary medicine and science graduates go on to employment or further study.* Typical roles include:

  • Veterinary clinical practice
  • Pathology
  • Conservation medicine
  • Research science
  • The pharmaceutical industry
  • Food safety
  • Veterinary public health and policy.

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

*Graduate Outcomes survey 2022, HESA

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.


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.

The University operates a credit framework for all taught programmes based on a 15-credit tariff. Modules usually can be either 15, 30, 45 or 60, 75 and 120 credits, and additionally for some masters dissertations, 90 credits.

The structure of our programmes follow 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.

Please note: The full module listing for the optional Professional Training placement part of your course can be viewed on the relevant programme specification.


Course 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. View our Code of practice for the scheduling of teaching and assessment (PDF).


Your teaching will be delivered through a combination of:

  • Group work (e.g. problem-based learning)
  • Laboratory-based practicals (e.g. anatomy dissection)
  • Lectures including flipped classroom teaching
  • Online learning using captured content
  • Placements
  • Practical animal handling
  • Role plays and immersive simulations
  • Tutorials/seminars
  • Case based learning
  • Grand rounds
  • Tutorials.

Outside of these, you’ll be expected to carry out independent study, including coursework, essays and reading.

There may be occasions when the delivery of your teaching is supported by graduate teaching assistants. The University has a set of procedures that govern the use of postgraduate research students in this way.


We use a variety of methods to assess you, including:

  • Coursework
  • Oral assessment
  • Essays
  • Written examinations
  • Presentations
  • In-semester tests
  • Portfolio
  • Practical assessment (including: Steeplechase, Objective Structured Clinical Examination, Entrustable Professional Activities).

Exit awards

Throughout your five-year studies, you’ll accumulate 600 credits through a range of modules. If you choose to exit the course before the end of the five years, you can still be awarded a qualification, dependent on how many credits you’ve earned:

  • 120 credits - Certificate of Higher Education
  • 240 credits - Diploma of Higher Education
  • 300 credits - Bachelors Degree (Ordinary)
  • 360 credits - Bachelors Degree (Honours).

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.

Work experience

Applicants are expected to have gained a minimum of four weeks of animal-related work experience, including at least one week in a veterinary practice. The other weeks could include farm, stable yard, kennels, rescue centre, research laboratory or abattoir work. A broad range of experience is an advantage. This online virtual work experience course can count as two weeks of your non-veterinary practice work experience.

All work experience must be completed by early 2024 - dates to be confirmed.

The references to evidence your work experience must be provided by early 2024 - dates to be confirmed.

Entry requirements


Overall: AAA.

Required subjects: Biology (grade A) and chemistry (grade A). Applicants taking the Science Practical Endorsement are required to pass.

Please note: A-level General Studies and A-level Critical Thinking are not accepted.

GCSE or equivalent: Five subjects at grade A(7) including chemistry, biology, and physics (or double science). English language and mathematics at grade B(5).

BTEC (QCF Level 3) Extended Diploma

Overall: D*DD in a science OR animal-related subject and A-level chemistry grade A.

GCSE or equivalent: Five subjects at grade A(7) including chemistry, biology, and physics (or double science). English language and mathematics at grade B(5).

International Baccalaureate

Overall: 35.

Required subjects: HL6/ SL7 in biology and chemistry.

GCSE or equivalent: Five subjects at grade A(7) including chemistry, biology, and physics (or double science). English language and mathematics at grade B(5).

European Baccalaureate

Overall: 85%.

Required subjects: Grades of 8.5 and at least 8.5 in biology and chemistry.

GCSE or equivalent: Five subjects at grade A(7) including chemistry, biology, and physics (or double science). English language and mathematics at grade B(5).

Access to HE Diploma

Overall: 45 level 3 credits at distinction.

Required subjects: This must include 15 credits in biology and and 15 credits in chemistry.

GCSE or equivalent: Five subjects at grade A(7) including chemistry, biology, and physics (or double science). English language and mathematics at grade B(5).

Scottish Highers

Overall: AAAAB.

Required subjects: Biology and chemistry.

GCSE or equivalent: Five subjects at grade A(7) including chemistry, biology, and physics (or double science). English language and mathematics at grade B(5).

Welsh Baccalaureate

Overall: Pass overall with AAA from a combination of Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate and two A-levels.

Required subjects: Biology and chemistry. Applicants taking the Science Practical Endorsement are required to pass.

GCSE or equivalent: English language and mathematics ­– numeracy as part of the Welsh Baccalaureate. Please check the A-level drop down for the required GCSE levels.

Please note: A-level General Studies and A-level Critical Thinking are not accepted.

Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)

Applicants taking the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) will receive our standard A-level offer, plus an alternate offer of one A-level grade lower, subject to achieving an A grade in the EPQ. The one grade reduction will not apply to any required subjects.

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).

International entry requirements by country

Other international qualifications

If you are an international student and you don’t meet the entry requirements to this degree, we offer the International Foundation Year at the Surrey International Study Centre. Upon successful completion, you can progress to this degree course.

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.

Selection process

Watch a short video answering some frequently asked questions you may have when applying and read our complete admissions procedure for this course (PDF).

Declaration of criminal convictions

This is a regulated course that requires declaration of criminal convictions at the application stage, please visit our criminal convictions web page for more information.

Fitness to practise

As this course leads to registration with a professional body, you’re required to abide by a professional code of conduct. When you accept an offer of a place at the University of Surrey, you are agreeing to comply with this code of conduct. Allegations of failing to do so will trigger an internal investigation in line with our regulations for fitness to practise.

Deferred entry

The course does not accept applications for deferred entry.

Admissions process

All applications for entry to a Veterinary Medicine programme in a UK Veterinary School have to be submitted to UCAS by 16 October 2023 for a September 2024 start (this includes overseas applicants). We are unable to consider any applications submitted after the deadline.

Recognition of prior learning

We recognise 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, the recognition of prior learning (RPL) process may allow you to join a course without the formal entry requirements or enter your course at a point appropriate to your previous learning and experience. 

There are restrictions on RPL a 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 contact Admissions on +44 (0)1483 682222 with any queries. 


The annual tuition fees for courses starting in September 2024

BVMSci (Hons)

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View a complete listing of all ongoing fees for our undergraduate courses.

  • Fees for UK students: The University will apply annual regulated increases in the fee rates as set by Government each year, in order to maintain the same value in real terms. 
  • Fees for EU students: The UK is now no longer part of the EU, we are awaiting further instruction from the UK government and we will publish this as soon as it is provided. Find out more information about Studying in the UK and the Scholarships for EU students.
  • Fees for international students: 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. 
  • Fees for international students with an integrated foundation year: The programme fee for Year 0 will match the lowest Year 1 overseas fee rate from across the substantive programmes for that year of entry. Students subsequently progressing into Year 1 will be liable for the same fee as overseas students joining at Year 1 for the same programme in that year. Annual fees after Year 1 will increase by 4% for each subsequent year of study, rounded up to the nearest £100, subject to any overriding applicable legislative requirements. 

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.

Payment schedule

  • Students in receipt of a Tuition Fee Loan: will have their fees paid by the Student Loans Company in line with their schedule.
  • International students, or UK/EU students who have not taken out a Tuition Fee Loan: are required to 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.

The exact date(s) will be detailed on invoices. Students on certain part-time programmes, where fees are paid on a modular or stage basis, are not eligible to pay their fees by instalment.

If you are sponsored: you will provide us with valid sponsorship information that covers the period of your study.

Additional costs

There are associated costs with this course:

  • Books/stationery/admin: £45 to £180 – you 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): You 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 you decide to undertake your EMS placements. In Year 5, you will undertake a series of clinical intramural rotations (IMR), which take place at various locations throughout the UK. You will be required to return to the University for activities and examinations throughout the year so will be encouraged to maintain accommodation within a 60-mile radius of Guildford. Some placements occur within a commutable distance of Guildford, and students are eligible to claim some travel expenses, at an agreed rate and in accordance to the policies in place at the time. If you are allocated to a placement deemed “non-commutable” from your home base, the University will pay a contribution to dual accommodation costs
  • Safety equipment and/or uniform: £265 approximately – you 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 approximately £265 for Year 1, to include approximately £100 of self-sourced uniform and equipment. However prices are subject to change depending on supplier availability. Additional, optional items are available to students to purchase at their own discretion and throughout the programme. Students are also responsible for the costs associated with maintaining/washing their uniform.

Students will receive all information regarding PPE and self-sourced items in plenty of time to order and receive before the start of term.

Grand total: £445 approximately.

These additional costs are accurate as of September 2022 and apply to the 2023 year of entry. Costs for 2024 entry will be published in September 2023.

Clinical placements

Extramural studies (EMS)

You’ll complete 38 weeks of extramural placements throughout your five-year studies. These are broken down into:

  • 12 weeks of pre-clinical placements (animal husbandry extramural studies - AHEMS)
  • 26 weeks of clinical placements.

EMS is a compulsory and essential part of your training, providing you with practical experience to reinforce your learning. It’s also a requirement of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) for all UK vet schools.

EMS will take place outside of university semesters, typically at Christmas, Easter and in the summer, so could impact on your ability to pursue paid employment during holidays.

Some placements do offer accommodation, but you’ll typically pay for travel, housing and food. However, there are several bursaries and sources of financial aid available that you can apply for throughout the course (with the assistance of your personal tutor, if required) to help support you.

Intramural rotations (IMR) 

In your final year of study, you’ll complete seven, 4-week intramural placements away from the University, to experience general practice. Throughout your IMR, you’ll develop an awareness of working as a veterinary professional in a clinical environment, building up your knowledge and skills, to facilitate your transition into a confident and competent veterinary graduate.

Please note: our intramural rotations are being re-organised in line with new RCVS accreditation standards and day one competencies. More information will be available after March 2023. Please contact if you would like to find out more.

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 procedures, the student 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 for the 2023/24 academic year and our registration terms and conditions (PDF) for the 2022/23 academic year as a guide as to what to expect. 

Please note: our offer terms and conditions will generally 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 and changes for the specific academic year.  


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Course location and contact details

Campus location

Manor Park

Manor Park is home to the School of Veterinary Medicine, plus Surrey Sports Park and Manor Park halls of residence.

Placement location

You’ll be expected to attend clinical placements off campus. Please see the placements section for more details.

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