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
This is the deadline for applications to be completed and sent for this course. If the university or college still has places available you can apply after this date, but your application is not guaranteed to be considered.
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- Aberystwyth University (Aber)
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Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
Please click the following link to find out more about qualification requirements for this course
Additional entry requirements
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: https://animalowners.rcvs.org.uk/document-library/day-one-competences/
All applicants to this course must attend an interview if invited and cannot receive an offer without attending an interview. Interviews will usually be held at Aberystwyth University in December - January and 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: https://www.aber.ac.uk/en/vet-sci/ In the form, applicants will need to demonstrate that they meet our minimum work experience requirements of at least 70 hours (ten days) in a veterinary practice and a total of 70 hours in one or more non-clinical working environments with live animals (excl. the home environment/family business/pet ownership), with at least 35 in large animal (excluding horse riding and horse ownership/family farm). This must be completed within the 18 months directly preceding the 15 October application deadline. Work experience completed more than 18 months before the deadline will not be counted towards the requirements but can still be included on the form.
English language requirements
|IELTS (Academic)||7||No less than 6.5 in each component is required|
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Fees and funding
|Northern Ireland||£9250*||Year 1|
|Channel Islands||£9250*||Year 1|
*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.