Veterinary Medicine and Surgery

Harper and Keele Veterinary School

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: Harper Adams University, Keele University
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Course summary

The world of veterinary medicine has always attracted some of the brightest and most able students - brought together by a desire to work with animals and a concern for animal welfare.The careers are varied across the clinical and non-clinical sector. Practising vets can focus on the small animal, equine or farm sectors where advances in animal science and technology are transforming both disease prevention and treatment. But career options in the non-clinical veterinary sector are also growing – with exciting avenues opening up in education, innovation and working collaboratively across animal and human health. A changing industry demands that the vets of tomorrow graduate with not only first rate clinical skills, but a broader set of capabilities. They need to be good communicators with a sound understanding of business. They also need to be confident and resilient first opinion practitioners – who have benefited during their training from access to a wide variety of extramural study placements in industry.These factors have combined to convince Harper Adams University and Keele University that the time is right to create a vet school that meets the challenges of today’s veterinary industry. Harper Adams has a strong pedigree in animal sciences, veterinary nursing and veterinary physiotherapy, whilst Keele has a long history in the life sciences and human medicine. Both institutions are well recognised for their strength in employability, student satisfaction and first class teaching. The unique two-centre School will provide students with the opportunity to take advantage of two institutions with a common commitment to excellence but complementary skill sets and resources. The clinical training will follow a distributed model of delivery and a range of approved third party veterinary practices have agreed to provide clinical placements. As is the norm with Veterinary Schools, the teaching week is intensive for the students, who can expect around 28 hours per week of contact time. Students also need to complete extra mural studies gaining hands on practical experience, and so the total study year ranges from 35-45 weeks a year across the five year programme. Due to the vocational nature and focus of the students, all modules have been created for the programme and are exclusive to it: •Extensive use is made of the farm and companion animals on site at Harper Adams as well as state-of-the-art laboratory facilities and clinical skills rooms at both Harper and Keele •Small group teaching facilitates the development of confidence in practical skills •The curriculum will incorporate case studies from early in the first year •In the final 2 clinical years of the programme, vets from referral centres provide keynote lectures, tutorials and practical classes, based on their current and ongoing experience in practice providing our students with real world experience and knowledge for their future careers •Clinical teaching takes place not only in a hospital setting with the unusual or difficult cases, but also in practices where management of the everyday case is the primary focus Students will be equally split between home sites, with lectures simultaneously live-streamed to the other site. Students spend full days on either campus, mostly at their 'home' site, with travel days to the other site limited to the need to access specialist facilities, typically in the region of four days a month. The final year will be mostly spent on clinical rotations, with individual days or weeks back at the home site for tutorials. EMS can take place anywhere in the country, whereas final year university controlled clinical rotations will predominantly take place within easy travelling distance from either home site. A shuttle bus service is provided for Vet School students allowing them to travel free of charge and safely between the two institutions in order to access timetabled classes.

Course details

Modules

Information on the course modules can be found at https://www.harperkeelevetschool.ac.uk/study/432/veterinary-medicine-and-surgery/

Assessment method

Information on assessment methods will be available at https://www.harperkeelevetschool.ac.uk/ in due course

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 course is not accepting applications at this time. Please contact the provider to find out more.

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 October

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course codeD100
Institution code H25
Campus nameHarper and Keele Veterinary School
Campus codeH

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

The Harper & Keele Veterinary School is currently unable to consider applications from students who require a Tier 4 visa.


Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
A level AAB •Grade A in Biology or Chemistry •A second science subject at grade A (including Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Maths, Further Maths and Statistics) •A third subject of your choice at grade B (excluding General Studies and Critical Thinking and a second maths subject if used as a science above)
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) D*D*D* Animal Management with Science with at least a Distinction in the following units: ◦Animal Biology ◦Animal Health and Diseases ◦Advanced Animal Nutrition ◦Animal Breeding and Genetics •Applied Science (all routes) with at least four from the following optional units: ◦Physiology of Human Body Systems ◦Human Regulation and Reproduction ◦Biological Molecules and Metabolic Pathways ◦Genetics and Genetic Engineering ◦Diseases and Infections ◦Applications of Inorganic Chemistry ◦Applications of Organic Chemistry
Access to HE Diploma D: 45 credits Pass with 45 level 3 credits at Distinction. Diplomas must be science based and include: •A minimum of 15 level 3 credits in Biology or Chemistry •An additional 15 level 3 credits in a second science subject
Scottish Higher AABBB •AA in Advanced Higher in Biology or Chemistry plus •AABBB minimum at Higher level, to include Biology and Chemistry
Pearson BTEC Subsidiary Diploma (QCF) D* Will be accepted in lieu of a 3rd A level. You will still require *Two A levels at Grade A, including Biology or Chemistry *Another science (which may include either of the above)
Scottish Advanced Higher AA •AA in Advanced Higher in Biology or Chemistry plus •AABBB minimum at Higher level, to include Biology and Chemistry
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 34 points *6, 6, 6 at Higher Level, including Biology or Chemistry *A second science subject *A third subject of your choice *A minimum of 5, 5, 5 in Standard Levels
Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (first teaching September 2015) A We will accept the Welsh Baccalaureate if taken in lieu of a third A level. You will still require: Two A levels at Grade A, including Biology or Chemistry plus another science (which may include either of the above)
Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017) H2, H2, H2, H2, H2, H2 •6 x H2 or •1 x H1, 4 x H2, 1 x H3 To include Biology and Chemistry (one of which must be at least H2)
GCSE/National 4/National 5 All applicants must have a minimum of five GCSEs at grades at A/7 or above including: •Science and Additional Science (or Biology and Chemistry) With at least a grade B/6 in: •English Language •Mathematics •Physics (if taken as a separate GCSE) Scottish National 5 qualifications are considered as the alternative.

Graduates: Those applying who already hold a degree will normally be required to have a minimum 2i in any honours degree plus minimum of BBB at A-level, including biology or chemistry; students with good degrees (1st or 2i) in an animal-related or bioscience discipline who do not meet the A-level requirements are welcome to apply and will be considered on a case-by-case basis alongside all other applicants. Work Experience: The primary aim of gaining work experience prior to a vet school application is to ensure that candidates understand the varied and sometimes challenging nature of veterinary work and the commitment required to be a successful student and have a long and fulfilling career. This is best achieved by spending time with vets in practice and alongside others working with animals in a variety of settings. Not all candidates will have equal opportunities for access to work experience. We appreciate it may be difficult for every student to amass a large number of weeks of varied placements especially since this may also affect your academic studies. The guidelines below are not, therefore, prescriptive and we will consider applicants who do not manage to fully meet the suggested times spent. No weight will be afforded to those with greater time spent on placements. Far more importantly, we will expect you to be able to discuss in detail the insights you have gained during your work experience. This should be derived from time spent seeing practice with vets in a clinical setting and from animal work experience. Suggested experience to aim for: *Two weeks in one or more veterinary practices, ideally covering both large and small animal work. *Up to four weeks in a mixture of non-clinical placements which could include any of the following: Farms: cattle, sheep, pigs, poultry; dairy and lambing experiences are very useful. Stables, kennels, catteries etc. Veterinary or medical laboratories and pathology services. A day at an abattoir. If you are unable to secure large animal clinical experience with a vet it would be sensible to ensure you spend time on livestock farms to understand the nature of this work where you can also gain insights about the interaction between farmers and visiting vets. We appreciate it may be easier to gain smaller chunks of experience such as a day a week at a local vet practice and therefore do not expect your experience to be made up of week-long blocks at each placement. For successful interviewees with relatively little work experience, we may make offers conditional on gaining further specified work experience. Please note: the above are suggestions and ideas for work experience. This is not a checklist and achieving all these placements is not a requirement. All applicants are required to complete a work experience reflection form which is available from the Harper & Keele Veterinary School website from September. This form must be submitted by the deadline stated on the website and late forms may not be considered as the number of applications received will vastly exceed the number of places available. For more information please visit our website: https://www.harperkeelevetschool.ac.uk/study/432/veterinary-medicine-and-surgery/

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

https://www.harperkeelevetschool.ac.uk/study/432/veterinary-medicine-and-surgery/

Additional entry requirements

Interview

All applicants who pass initial screening will be required to attend a selection events based at Harper Adams campus. This will involve the use of multiple stations which will be designed to test different attributes. No offer will be made for the course without attendance at one of these events.

Other

Work Experience: The primary aim of gaining work experience prior to a vet school application is to ensure that candidates understand the varied and sometimes challenging nature of veterinary work and the commitment required to be a successful student and have a fulfilling career. Not all candidates will have equal opportunities for access to work experience. We appreciate it may be difficult for every student to amass a large number of weeks of varied placements especially since this may also affect your academic studies.The guidelines below are not, therefore, prescriptive and we will consider applicants who do not manage to fully meet the suggested times spent. No weight will be afforded to those with greater time spent on placements. We will expect you to discuss in detail the insights you have gained during your work experience. This should be derived from time spent seeing practice with vets in a clinical setting and from animal work experience. Suggested experience to aim for: Two weeks in one or more veterinary practices, ideally covering both large and small animal work. Up to four weeks in a mixture of non-clinical placements which could include any of: farms: cattle, sheep, pigs, poultry; dairy and lambing experiences are very useful. Stables, kennels, catteries etc. Veterinary or medical laboratories and pathology services. A day at an abattoir. If you are unable to secure large animal clinical experience with a vet it would be sensible to ensure you spend time on livestock farms to understand the nature of this work so you can gain insights about the interaction with visiting vets All applicants are required to complete a work experience reflection form which is available from the Harper & Keele Veterinary School website. This form must be submitted by the deadline stated and late forms may not be considered. For more information please visit our website: https://www.harperkeelevetschool.ac.uk/study/432/veterinary-medicine-and-surgery/


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9250 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £19250 Year 1
International £33000 Year 1

Additional fee information

Further information relating to additional costs can be found on the following page in the Fees and Charges guide https://www.harperkeelevetschool.ac.uk/study/key-info/
Veterinary Medicine and Surgery at Harper and Keele Veterinary School - UCAS