Veterinary Medicine and Science BVMSci (Hons) – 2019 entry
Why choose this course
With a forward-thinking approach, strong links within the veterinary profession and world-leading research laboratories, Surrey has a growing reputation in the field of veterinary medicine and science.
Our diverse, innovative and contemporary BVMSci Veterinary Medicine and Science course will fully equip you to excel in the dynamic field of veterinary medicine and science.
Our commitment to delivering a unique style of veterinary education is reflected in our ‘One Health’ approach to human and animal science and our mission to educate veterinary professionals who will meet the needs of a changing world.
What you will study
As a student of our BVMSci Veterinary Medicine and Science course, you will 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 in veterinary medicine and science.
This exciting five-year course has been created to foster interdisciplinary collaborations in animal and human health.
In addition to studying towards your professional veterinary medicine qualification, you will receive training in the core sciences and develop professional and business skills.
Our veterinary partners may provide opportunities for you to gain outstanding clinical experience with both general practice and referral-type caseload.
|Qualification||Course length||Professional Training||UCAS||KIS code|
|BVMSci (Hons)||60 months||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 underpins 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
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.
As a BVMSci Veterinary Medicine and Science student you will complete clinical training placements.
The final year consists of 32 weeks/eight months of intramural rotations (28 weeks of core rotations and four weeks of electives):
- Small animal general practice 1 (four weeks)
- Small animal general practice 2 (four weeks)
- Small animal referral practice (four weeks)
- Equine general practice (four weeks)
- Core elective (four weeks spent in either one of the following species: small animal, equine, productions or veterinary public health and pathology)
- Production animals (four weeks)
- Special interest electives (four weeks).
As part of the clinically integrated BVMSci Veterinary Medicine and Science degree programme, you will undertake ‘core’ clinical rotations, but will also have the opportunity to select a proportion of your practical experience to gain bespoke training centred on your interests. This includes the opportunity to undertake a research-based project.
Extramural placements are an essential part of veterinary training, providing students with practical experience that consolidates their university-based studies.
In accordance with the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons guidelines, all students are required to undertake a minimum 38 weeks of extramural placements. These consist of 12 weeks of animal husbandry extramural studies (AHEMS) and 26 weeks of clinical extramural studies.
You will benefit from state-of-the-art facilities, including our £45m School of Veterinary Medicine building which has its own Veterinary Clinical Skills Centre and one of Europe’s largest and most sophisticated high-containment veterinary pathology centres.
The Clinical Skills Centre provide livestocks 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.
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.
We are liaising with the RCVS to ensure that our Veterinary Medicine and Science programme meets the standards required for the RCVS to grant full accreditation in 2019.
Read more about RCVS approval.
Terms and conditions
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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.
"I couldn’t be more certain that I made the right decision in choosing the University of Surrey to complete my veterinary education."
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Campus locationManor Park
Manor Park is home to the School of Veterinary Medicine, plus Surrey Sports Park and Manor Park halls of residence.