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.
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.
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.
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.
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 revised its courses to incorporate the ‘Hybrid Learning Experience’ in a departure from previous academic years and previously published information. The University has changed the delivery (and in some cases the content) of its programmes. Further information on the general principles of hybrid learning can be found at: Hybrid learning experience | University of Surrey.
We have updated key module information regarding the pattern of assessment and overall student workload to inform student module choices. We are currently working on bringing remaining published information up to date to reflect current practice in time for the start of the academic year 2021/22. This means that some information within the programme and module catalogue will be subject to change. Current students are invited to contact their Programme Leader or Academic Hive with any questions relating to the information available.
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).
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:
- Cells and Genes
- Animal Handling and Husbandry
Year 2 covers:
- Infectious diseases
- Epidemiology and Public Health
- Animal Handling and Husbandry
Year 3 covers:
- Diagnostic techniques
- 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 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.
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.
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.
Only official references in the formats outlined in the advice above can be accepted.
We have extended the work experience deadline to 20 May 2021. If you will be unable to complete your work experience by this date due to the current government Covid-19 restrictions please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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 2021
- 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
Scholarships and bursaries
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Extramural studies (EMS)
You’ll complete a minimum of 38 weeks of extramural placements throughout your five-year studies, outside of the typical university semester time. This must be completed within UK veterinary practices and settings and will give you practical experience to reinforce your learning. These are an essential part of your training and a requirement of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) for all UK vet schools.
These are broken down into:
- 12 weeks of pre-clinical placements (animal husbandry extramural studies - AHEMS)
- 26 weeks of clinical placements.
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.
You’ll have rotations in the following core areas of general practice:
- Small animal general practice I
- Small animal general practice II
- Small animal referral practice
- Equine practice
- Production animal practice
- Veterinary pathology and public health (VPPH)
- Special interest elective.
For your seventh placement, you’ll have the option to study an area of personal interest, which can include clinical specialisms and non-clinical areas such as research or business. Alternatively, you can repeat one core species.
Your placements will take place throughout the UK with one of our 80+ partner veterinary practices. For each of your rotations, you’ll be assigned a different practice.
We’ll allocate you a veterinary practice for each of your rotations. We’ll ask you for your preferences of practices and we’ll try our best to accommodate these, where possible.
We take the following criteria into consideration when deciding on your practice:
- Care commitments
- Disability and neurodiversity
- Medical reasons.
All the above are subject to availability and as such, may change.
You’ll typically be placed with at least one other Surrey student.
There may be opportunities to change the practice you’ve been allocated but these are limited and are dependent on capacity and availability.
You’ll be required to travel to your each of your placement locations and cover the upfront costs associated with this. You can claim back any travel expenses incurred over and above your normal journey to the University. This can include petrol, parking, taxis, and public transport fees.
You aren’t required to have a driving licence but having one and a vehicle will make it easier for you to commute to your allocated practice, especially if you’re happy to drive yourself and other students. You can also claim additional expenses for any passengers.
You’ll be required to return to us for university-based activities and exams throughout the year, so we’d recommend you maintain accommodation within a 60-mile radius of Guildford.
If you’re allocated a placement location deemed ‘non-commutable’ from your home base, you’ll need to stay in accommodation nearer to your allocated practice. We’ll help cover all or some of the costs of this, dependent on the circumstances:
- Where practices have their own accommodation, we’ll cover the full cost of this with the practice directly.
- Where there isn’t practice accommodation, you’ll be required to find privately rented housing which we’ll give you a budget for (this is dependent on where you are in the UK and other factors). We’ll provide you with a lump sum at the beginning of your placements to use towards your accommodation. If you go over your allocated budget, you’ll be required to cover the costs of the difference.
If you decide to stay with family or friends, we’ll be unable to contribute towards any accommodation costs.
Throughout your placements, you’ll work a variety of shifts, including being on call, to ensure you get an accurate representation of working in a veterinary setting. Your shifts will typically be 8am till 6pm, but are dictated by the practice you’re allocated to, so may vary.
For on call and weekend shifts, you’ll usually be provided with a rota, to ensure you have enough downtime in between your shifts.
You won’t get paid for the work you do on your placement, as this forms part of your teaching and learning experience.
Before you go out on placement, we’ll work with you to set objectives, which we’ll map against day one competencies (PDF) outlined by the RCVS. We’ll also give you a list of skills to practise.
Throughout your IMR, you’ll keep a written portfolio of your work, including case reports, referral letters and critique of isolation facilities. You’ll get personalised academic feedback and advice for this.
You’ll have a clinical instruction mentor (CIM) out in practice, who’s a registered veterinary surgeon with an interest in teaching and mentoring. Each CIM receives extensive training from us, to ensure they can give you the best on-the-ground support. They’ll provide you with feedback and facilitate your in-practice assessments.
You’ll be allocated a member of university staff for each of your rotations, known as a Veterinary Clinical Teaching Fellow (VCTF), who’s an experienced veterinary surgeon. They’ll be your main point of contact at the University. They’ll check in with you weekly and keep track of your training, to ensure you’re exposed to a wide variety of clinical scenarios. They’ll be on hand to answer any questions you may have or help with any issues you may be experiencing.
If you’re not sure who to contact for any queries, you can also get in touch with your course representative or personal tutor who can point you in the right direction.
When you’re on placement, you won’t have any scheduled lectures. However, if you’d like to go over any cases you’ve been working on and any topics that you’re less familiar with, you can arrange a session with your allocated VCTF.
Your practice may run in-house seminars, arrange study afternoons, or carry out journal clubs, where a veterinary professional will discuss past cases and complete guided learning with you.
You’ll automatically become part of a Microsoft Teams channel for each of your rotations and you’ll be encouraged to share interesting cases with your peers and to discuss clinical scenarios you may not have experienced.
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.
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