Veterinary Medicine and Science BVMSci (Hons) – 2021 entry

Key information

Start date: October 2021

BVMSci (Hons) UCAS: D100

5 years

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Why choose this course

With our £45m 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.

We achieved 100 per cent overall satisfaction for this course in the National Student Survey 2019. We are ranked 7th in the UK by the Guardian University Guide 2021.

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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 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.

State-of-the-art facilities, such as our Veterinary Clinical Skills Centre and Veterinary Pathology Centre, will give you hands-on practical, clinical and research training right from the start.

Our veterinary partners provide opportunities for you to gain outstanding clinical experience with both general practice and referral-type caseload.


Our course is accredited by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS), giving you the academic requirements needed to register as a Veterinary Surgeon, once you graduate. Once registered, you can practise throughout the UK, Channel Islands and the Isle of Man. You can also apply to practise outside of the UK and on successful completion of this course, you’re 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).

We'll prepare you for a wide range of careers, with typical roles including veterinary clinical practice, pathology, conservation medicine, the pharmaceutical industry, food safety, and veterinary public health and policy. Some students also use this course to apply for further study, including postgraduate research.


You will benefit from our purpose-built facilities, which has its own Veterinary Clinical Skills Centre and one of Europe’s largest and most sophisticated Veterinary Pathology Centres.

The Large Animal Veterinary Clinical Skills Centre contains dedicated production animal and equine handling and examination areas and includes a large animal clinical skills laboratory.  

The Companion Animal Clinical Skills Laboratory has a simulated veterinary practice for communications training and a technical skills training centre.

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)

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.

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:

Module titleStatusSemester


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).


Our teaching methods will develop your problem-solving skills, train you to use essential equipment and support your ability to be life-long learners. We structure the curriculum around the different body systems, covering all common companion and production animal species, in addition to wildlife and exotic species.

Year 1 covers:

  • Anatomy
  • Physiology
  • Cells and Genes
  • Animal Handling and Husbandry
  • Communication

Year 2 covers:

  • Pathology
  • Infectious diseases
  • Epidemiology and Public Health
  • Animal Handling and Husbandry

Year 3 covers:

  • Pharmacology
  • Diagnostic techniques
  • Communication
  • Clinical medicine and surgery.

In Year 4, we divide the modules according to species where you’ll use your knowledge and skills from the first three years to help develop further expertise in these species. Wildlife and Zoological Medicine is also studied.

In addition to University of Surrey academics, many of who have specialist veterinary qualifications, vets and specialists from our partner veterinary practices and other organisations provide part of your teaching.

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.


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

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.

Entry requirements


Overall: AAB.

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: DDD 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: 34.

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: 82%.

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 overall including 39 at Distinction and 6 at Merit.

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: AAABB.

Required subjects: Biology and Chemistry at 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).

Welsh Baccalaureate

Overall: Pass overall with AAB from the 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.

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.

Selection process

You are expected to have gained at least four weeks of animal related work experience to include a week in a general veterinary practice OR one week of animal related work experience and the completion of an online virtual work experience course. All work experience must be completed by 15 January 2021.

Read our advice on how to present evidence of your work experience (PDF).

Experience could include farm, stable yard, kennels, rescue centre, research laboratory or abattoir work. A broad range of experience is an advantage. If you have completed the online virtual work experience course, we require you to take a screen shot of the completion page at the end, we do not expect you to pay for the certificate.

All work experience must be completed before 15 January 2021 and only official references in the formats outlined in the advice below can be accepted.

Read the 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 webpage for more information.

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 2021

BVMSci (Hons)

UK £9,250

Overseas £34,400

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). 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

Clinical training placements

During your final year of teaching, you will undertake seven clinical training placements (intramural rotations) within the Vet School’s partnership network. 

In each of these four week placements, you will be closely mentored by trained clinical mentors and supported by university academics throughout.  The placements have been designed to encourage your development in an authentic clinical environment, where work-place based student learning and monitoring can take place, to facilitate your transition in to being a confident and competent veterinary graduate.

The structure of fifth year intra-mural rotations are as follows:

  • Small animal general practice 1
  • Small animal general practice 2
  • Small animal referral practice
  • Equine general practice
  • Production animal practice
  • Veterinary Pathology and Public Health
  • Special interest elective.

All of the placements are mandatory and focus on ‘core’ areas of general practice in veterinary medicine.  The special interest elective rotation allows you to focus your professional training on an area of your own interest and is not confined to clinical practice with opportunity to take up a research-based project or focus on veterinary business.

Extra-mural studies

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.

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 guide 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.

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.

University of Surrey

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