Why choose this course
- 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 intramural clinical placements (IMS) to develop an awareness of working as a veterinary professional in a clinical environment, under the supervision of qualified professionals.
- Learn from lecturers 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 veterinary surgeon once you’ve graduated.
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 (regular and intensive) 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.
In your third year, you’ll delve deeper into clinical medicine and surgery, diagnostic techniques, pharmacology, and scientific communication. You’ll also get the opportunity to work alongside a supervisor to conduct your own scientific research project, critically evaluating protocols, data and literature.
During your fourth year, your modules will be split by species 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 trained staff.
In your fifth year, you’ll complete intramural clinical placements to further your knowledge, competences, attributes and skills.
You’ll benefit from hands-on learning in our multi-million pound Veterinary Clinical Skills Centre. The Centre is fitted with latest industry equipment, including electrocardiogram (ECG) monitors and simulators, that you’ll use to practise 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 anatomy of different species by watching dissections as they take place, with the opportunity to conduct your own too. You’ll perform a necropsy, to identify common incidental findings, 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.
You’ll be taught by lecturers who are registered veterinary practitioners and researchers. These may include Professor Noel Fitzpatrick - The Supervet and founder of Fitzpatrick Referrals Orthopaedics and Neurology (an expert in veterinary orthopaedics), Dr Ilknur Aktan (an expert with over 10 years’ experience in veterinary anatomy), Professor Clare Rusbridge (an expert in veterinary neurology for over 20 years), Dr Mike Cathcart (an expert in equine medicine), and Dr Teresa Hollands (an expert with over 30 years’ experience in veterinary nutrition).
You’ll also be taught by a multidisciplinary team of veterinary professionals and specialists from our partner practices and organisations.
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
- Lifelong learning
- Self-care and stress management
- Working in teams.
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)
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) and the South African Veterinary Council (SAVC). We’re currently working towards accreditation by the European Association of Establishments of Veterinary Education (EAEVE), so you can practise across Europe.
We'll prepare you for a wide range of careers, with typical roles including veterinary clinical practice, pathology, conservation medicine, research science, the pharmaceutical industry, food safety, and veterinary public health and policy. Hear from recent graduate, Tamsin Riley, about what you can expect in your first month as a qualified vet.
Some students also use this course to apply for further study, including postgraduate research.
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.
Important: In light of the Covid-19 pandemic, the University has had to change the delivery (and in some cases the content) of its programmes, together with certain University services and facilities for the 2020/21 academic year. These changes include the implementation of a hybrid teaching approach. View detailed information on the changes.
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, 75 and 120 credits, and additionally for some masters dissertations, 90 credits.
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.
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:
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 Timetabling Policy (PDF).
There may be occasions when the delivery of your teaching is supported by postgraduate research students. The University has a set of procedures that govern the use of postgraduate research students in this way.
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 assess modules individually and award credits 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.
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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).
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, run by the Surrey International Study Centre.
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.
Applicants are expected to have gained at least four weeks of animal related work experience (to include a minimum of one week in a general veterinary practice). This online virtual work experience course ( online virtual work experience course) can count as 2 weeks of work experience. Work experience could include farm, stable yard, kennels, rescue centre, research laboratory or abattoir work. A broad range of experience is an advantage. All work experience must be completed by 15 January 2022.
Read our advice on how to present evidence of your work experience (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 webpage for more information.
The course does not accept applications for deferred entry.
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 contact Admissions on +44 (0)1483 682222 with any queries.
The annual tuition fees for courses starting in October 2022
UK To be confirmed
Overseas To be confirmed
- 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.
- 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.
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). You will be required to return for university-based activities and examinations throughout the year so will be advised to maintain accommodation within a 60-mile radius of Guildford. 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 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 2020 and apply to the 2021 year of entry. Costs for 2022 entry will be published in September 2021.
In your final year of study, you’ll complete seven mandatory intramural clinical placements with one of our 70 partner veterinary practices, commonly known as intramural studies (IMS). Here, you’ll be mentored and supported by practitioners in all the core areas of general practice within veterinary medicine, which include:
- Small animal general practice (one)
- Small animal general practice (two)
- Small animal referral practice
- Equine general practice
- Production animal practice
- Veterinary pathology and public health.
For your seventh placement, you’ll have the option to study an area of personal interest, which can include a research or business project. This is more commonly known as your special interest elective.
Throughout your intramural rotations, 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.
You’ll also complete a minimum of 38 hours of extramural placements each year, commonly known as extramural studies (EMS). These are an essential part of your training and give you practical experience to reinforce your learning.
These are broken down into:
- 12 weeks of pre-clinical placements (animal husbandry extramural studies - AHEMS)
- 26 weeks of clinical placements.
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 an example of our offer terms and conditions and our registration terms and conditions (PDF) from the 2020/2021 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.
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 and before you accept an offer. Read more.
In particular we wish to draw your intention to the following matters affecting the academic year 2021/2022:
- Covid-19 - In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the University has had to change the delivery (and in some cases the content) of its programmes, together with certain University services and facilities for the 2020/2021 academic year. These changes include the implementation of a hybrid teaching approach, details of which can be found here [link]. It is anticipated that these programme changes and the hybrid learning approach will be adopted throughout the academic year 2021/2022, however, given the changing nature of the pandemic, this is being kept under continuous review. Detailed information on all changes as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic is available at the coronavirus course changes page. The linked pages set out information relating to general University changes and will also direct you to consider additional information relating to specific programmes.
- Brexit - The UK is now no longer part of the EU. We are awaiting further information and instruction from the UK government and we will publish this as soon as it is provided. EU students applying for programmes in the academic year 2021/2022 and students applying for courses with placements abroad should visit our dedicated webpages for the latest information on how the UK’s departure from the EU will affect their courses.
Campus locationManor Park
Manor Park is home to the School of Veterinary Medicine, plus Surrey Sports Park and Manor Park halls of residence.
You’ll be expected to attend clinical placements off campus. Please see the placements section for more details.