Vet School tours FAQs

Prepare for your visit by reading our frequently asked questions.

What to expect

These tours are designed for prospective veterinary medicine students, who are planning to apply for our BVMSci (Hons) Veterinary Medicine and Science course starting in September 2022. Each prospective student may be accompanied by one guest only.

Prior booking is essential. Only the prospective student need book a place.

Tours last approximately 2 hours.

The tour will start at our Veterinary School Main Building, on our Manor Park campus. Please only arrive 10 minutes before your tour is due to depart. On arrival, a member of the team will ask for your name and register your attendance against your booking.

Following this, you'll be asked to wait at the tour start point whilst maintaining social distancing protocol of two metres with other attendees.

During the tour, a trainee vet student will guide you through the Vet School Main Building, visiting our Clinical Skills lab, before moving onto our Veterinary Pathology Building and Large Animal Clinical Skills Building. Demonstrations will be provided by Vet School staff at key points throughout the tour. You will also have the opportunity to briefly visit some of our student accommodation. The tour will finish with a short Q&A opportunity with current students and professional services staff.

Either before or after your Vet School tour, you may also choose to visit our Stag Hill campus, located a short walk or drive away, and take a self-guided walking tour. This tour typically lasts around 30-45 minutes.

Each tour has a capacity of 30 visitors, plus one tour guide.

Our tours have been designed to ensure minimal physical contact and maximise the health and wellbeing of our guests. We've staggered start and end times throughout the day to ensure the volume of those arriving and leaving campus is kept to a minimum. Tours follow a one-way route, so no two tour groups should overlap or meet.

The Vet School Main Building atrium is a large space, with an additional outdoor area, to ensure visitors can maintain social distancing.

Stopping points on the tour have been chosen because of their physical practicability and to allow for social distance to be kept between each guest.

Hand sanitiser stations will be made available at the start and throughout the tour.

Visitors, staff and students (unless exempt) must wear face coverings while inside buildings. It is also recommended that these face coverings are worn when moving between buildings.

Please note that our campus is open, and staff and students have returned to work and study. However, staff and student levels on campus at one time, are being kept to a minimum. We've also chosen to hold these tours on a day when there are fewer events taking place on campus.

We strongly encourage anyone visiting our campus to undertake a free coronavirus rapid lateral flow test within 48 hours of your visit. If you attend or work at a school or college you can get rapid tests through your school or college and the advice is to test twice a week. Alternatively, you can order free tests through the government website or collect from a test site or pharmacy. For more information on testing, please visit the government website

Yes. Your ticket is for yourself and one other person. Due to social distancing measures at this time, we cannot accommodate more than one guest per booking. For the safety of our guests, students and staff, we kindly request that only the person booked and their guest visit campus attend on the day.

The tours will not include presentations or talks and purely focus on showing visitors the various facilities available at the Vet School. However, we recommend that before your visit, you take time to watch our pre-recorded presentations and videos, which provide further detail about studying on our BVMSci (Hons) Veterinary Medicine and Science course

We have trained accessibility students who can deliver a safe and accessible tour. Please email us in advance of your visit at opendays@surrey.ac.uk detailing your accessibility needs. We'll be in contact within 48 hours.

Getting here

The University of Surrey is based in Guildford, in the south-east of England. It's easily accessible by road and rail and is a short distance from both Heathrow and Gatwick.

Please look at our travel advice for specific directions depending on your mode of travel.

We have a car park on Manor Park campus, approximately a 5-minute walk from Vet School Main Building, where the tour will start. On arriving at Manor Park campus, please follow our tour signs to this car park, located behind Bright Horizons Nursery. This car park is free and there's no need to register your car in advance.

Should you wish to also visit Stag Hill campus during your visit, free parking is also available on this campus.

Please do not park at Surrey Sports Park as this is for sports park customers only and controlled by ANPR cameras, which may result in your receiving a parking ticket.

On the day

The tour starts at the Vet School Main Building on our Manor Park campus. On arriving at Manor Park campus, please follow signs to this building, where you we'll check you in.

Please don't arrive at the Vet School Main Building earlier than 10 minutes before your tour is due to depart.

If you do arrive on campus early, please either:

  • Remain in your car
  • In a suitable outdoor space, away from the Vet School Main Building.

Our tours will still be delivered come rain or shine! If rain is expected, please bring your umbrella and a rain coat.

We'll try our best to move you to a later tour. However, due to social distancing guidelines and capacity restrictions on the tour, this might not always be possible.

The wearing of a face covering is required in all shared indoor university spaces, including while moving through buildings and within teaching, learning and study environments. As the tour will visit a number of these areas, you'll be required to wear a face covering whilst you visit the indoor zones. The element of the tour which is delivered outside, can be undertaken without a face covering.

Please let us know before departing your tour if you have a medical condition which means you are unable to wear a mask.

If you develop any of the main coronavirus symptoms – a high temperature, a new, continuous cough and a loss of change to your sense of smell or taste – to protect others, we ask that you remain home on the day and don't attend your tour. If you develop symptoms, please visit the NHS website for further guidance and what to do next.

If you or anyone in your household tests positive, you must not attend the tour. Everyone in the household must self-isolate immediately and get a PCR test to confirm the result (a PCR test is a different type of coronavirus test). For more information please visit the coronavirus government website.

Cancellation

If you can no longer join us, please email opendays@surrey.ac.uk to cancel your place. We'll then be able to free the space up for another guest.

We're keeping an eye regularly on government guidance concerning events. If our plans need to change, we'll notify you by email, as well as putting a notice on this webpage.