Veterinary Medicine and Surgery at University of Nottingham - UCAS

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Course summary

Choose to start your studies in September or April. Benefit from dual-accreditation and an exceptional student experience - with the highest overall student satisfaction in the National Student Servey (NSS) for 10 consecutive years. Our veterinary courses are accredited by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS). We're also one of only two UK veterinary schools that are accredited by the European Association of Establishments for Veterinary Education (EAEVE). Your learning will be hands-on from day one. You'll start to develop your clinical skills early on, while also gaining an understanding of key scientific concepts and the latest veterinary developments. There's also a focus on personal and professional skills, to ensure you're fully prepared for your future career. Uniquely, our course has an integrated BVMedSci. This extra qualification will help enhance your ability for learning and development in veterinary medicine through research. Most of your learning will take place in our purpose-built veterinary school, where you'll have access to:

  • anatomy and clinical labs
  • a surgery and dissection suite
  • lecture theatre and small-group teaching rooms
  • research facilities
  • animal facilities such as kennels, stables, exotic pet rooms and sheep and pig housing
You will also use specialist facilities on our Sutton Bonington Campus, including:
  • University Farm
  • Centre for Dairy Science Innovation (CDSI)
  • paperless Super Lab
Additionally, you will a broad experience of animals and veterinary medicine through placements in veterinary surgeries, farms, zoos, and specialist animal centres.


Theory and practical learning are integrated through body-system based modules. Each covering all the common domestic, wildlife, and exotic species. These modules are covered twice – in year one and two as a veterinary subject, and again in year three and four as a clinical subject. During your first two years, you will learn the basic science which underpins veterinary medicine. This will include circulatory, respiratory, neuromuscular, endocrine, gastrointestinal and urogenital systems, as well as animal health and welfare. Teaching will be practical to help develop your clinical skills. You will also develop animal handling skills, and an understanding of animal husbandry, relevant industries, and the role of animals in society. Professional skills such as teamwork, communication, decision-making and the professional role of the veterinary surgeon will also be covered. In total you will study eight modules over years one and two. In your third year there is the opportunity to focus on a research project of your choice. You will further develop your understanding of scientific principles and enhance your skills learnt from years one and two, in preparation for the clinical phase. You will also gain insight into veterinary public health. You will study a total of four modules in year three. At the end of year three, you will graduate with a BVMedSci Veterinary Medical Sciences degree. Year four develops your knowledge of animal production, trauma management and disease processes, as well as focusing on the diagnosis, management, and prevention of disease. You will also gain skills and knowledge of business and entrepreneurship. You will study a total of nine modules in year three. The final year consists of a series of rotated placements and clinical teaching with our Clinical Associates. These placements happen in veterinary hospitals or practices, farms, zoos and labs. Teaching and assessment uses observation, discussion, and practical experience. At each placement you will be under the supervision of University academic staff who are placed at, and working within, the Clinical Associate. You will study a total of four modules in year five and undertake 25 weeks of placements. Extra Mural Studies (EMS): A total of 12 weeks of Animal Husbandry Extra Mural Studies (AHEMS) and 26 weeks of Clinical Extra Mural Studies (CEMS) are also undertaken throughout the course. EMS and CEMS follow recommendations defined by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS). EMS exposes you to the practical, ethical, financial, managerial, and interpersonal aspects of professional practice. EMS placements take place during University holidays as well as during timetabled weeks in years one and two. Up to four weeks of AHEMS and 12 weeks of CEMS may be undertaken abroad. For the most up-to-date module information and full details, please visit the course page on our website.

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

In addition to the above, all applicants must meet GCSE requirements - minimum of five grade As (numeric grade 7) at GCSE to include Chemistry and Biology (or Double Science), one of Physics or Maths must be passed to grade A (7), minimum of grade B (6) in maths and grade C (4) in English language; Core Science, Additional Science and Further Additional Science are required at grade A (7). If GCSEs have not been taken, applicants must provide evidence of achievement at an equivalent level. European Baccalaureate - 80% overall including Biology and Chemistry 85% or 8.5 Degree - at least 2:1 in any BSc subject, together with A level grade B in both Biology and Chemistry, and GCSE grade B/6 in Maths plus grade C/4 in English language. 2:2 Hons degree in a science-related subject and three A levels (A in biology, A in chemistry and B in a third subject). GCSE Maths at grade B/6 and GCSE English language at grade 4/C. Please see website for resit policy and further details.

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Applicants must complete a minimum of five weeks experience including three weeks working with animals

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
International £34000* Year 1
EU £34000* Year 1

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Veterinary Medicine and Surgery at University of Nottingham - UCAS