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Course summary

This degree is being offered in partnership with Aberystwyth University and the first two years of study will take place at Aberystwyth. Applications must be made to, and will be processed by, the RVC. Interviews will be held in Aberystwyth. This new degree is designed to meet the growing needs for competent practitioners to work in rural mixed practice. Through this comprehensive course you will acquire an understanding of the basic biological principles of normal body function, the ability to distinguish the pathological from the normal, prevent disease and safely manage the processes of animal production. You will explore opportunities to further veterinary knowledge through research and develop the expertise to diagnose and treat disease, alleviate suffering and develop the professional skills you will need to work and communicate effectively in practice. In the first two years, you will be based in the heart of Wales at Aberystwyth University, studying the biology underpinning veterinary sciences, acquiring basic farm animal, horse and companion animal handling and examination skills, and developing your communication, problem solving and team working skills. Aberystwyth University has a long history of animal health teaching and research and is committed to educational excellence. Welsh-speaking students will have the option of taking some parts of the course in Years 1 and 2 in Welsh. From your third year you will be based at RVC’s Hawkshead campus where you will acquire advanced knowledge and practical skills in clinical science. You will experience clinical practice at the RVC as well as private veterinary practice. Additionally, in your fourth or fifth year you will return to Aberystwyth University for specialist clinical training for a short period.

Qualified teacher status (QTS)

To work as a teacher at a state school in England or Wales, you will need to achieve qualified teacher status (QTS). This is offered on this course for the following level:

  • Course does not award QTS

How to apply

You can no longer submit a new application for courses starting in 2022.

If you already have a 2022 application and are in Clearing, you can add this course as a Clearing choice – contact the university or college first to check they have places.

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Please click the following link to find out more about qualification requirements for this course

Additional entry requirements

Health checks

Offer-holders will need to pass an Occupational Health assessment before enrolling onto the course. Applicants should also read the RCVS' guidance on Day One Competencies:


All applicants to this course must attend an interview if invited and cannot receive an offer without attending an interview. Interviews usually take place at Aberystwyth University in December – January. However, in December 2020 and January 2021, interviews were conducted online due to the Covid-19 pandemic. At present, we cannot confirm how and where interviews will take place in 2021/2, but the requirement to attend an interview before an offer can be issued will still stand. All applicants must ensure they are available during this time before applying. If invited, it might not be possible to rearrange an interview for a different date, so applicants must ensure they are available for interview before applying and inform us by email of any specific days within this time period when they are unavailable.


All applicants must submit an online supplementary form by 15 October. The form must be submitted independently of, and in addition to, the UCAS application and the RVC/Aberystwyth will not contact applicants reminding them to submit the form before the deadline. The form will be available on the Aberystwyth website for the duration of the UCAS application window at the following page: In the form, applicants will need to demonstrate that they meet our minimum work experience requirements at the time of application, of at least 35 hours (5 days) work experience in a veterinary practice or non-clinical working environment. All prior experience completed will be considered towards the 35 hours required at the point of application, including experience over 18 months old. If you are made an offer you will be required to meet the full work experience requirement by 31st July 2022 and we strongly encourage applicants to view the full work experience requirements at the following page:

English language requirements

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IELTS (Academic)7No less than 6.5 in each component is required

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £38600* Year 1
England £9250* Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250* Year 1
Scotland £9250* Year 1
Wales £9250* Year 1
Channel Islands £9250* Year 1
International £38600* Year 1

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.
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