Veterinary Medicine and Surgery at University of Nottingham - UCAS

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Course summary

Our veterinary course boasts a 99% student satisfaction rate (National Student Survey 2021). You will get hands-on with animals and can choose when you start - September 2025 or April 2026. You'll learn theory and practical aspects of domestic, wild and exotic species, with clinical experience integrated throughout the course. Practicing with our Clinical Associates on your placement year ensures you learn a varied case-load of animals and treatments. Teaching is delivered through body system-based modules in years one and two, which integrate traditional medical subjects, such as anatomy and physiology. Topics are then repeated within a clinical module in year three or four. Uniquely, our courses have an integrated BVMedSci, saving you a year of study, tuition fees and living costs. This part of the course will help enhance your ability for continual learning and development in veterinary medicine through research. You will graduate with a Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine (BVM) and Bachelor of Veterinary Surgery (BVS) degree. Plus gain an additional award of BVMedSci, after completing an integrated research project in your third year.


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 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. Year four equips you with the underpinning knowledge and skills required to work in small animal, farm animal and equine clinical veterinary practice. 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. 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.

How to apply

Application codes

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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.

Additional entry requirements

Admission tests

Health checks

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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

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

Tuition fee status depends on a number of criteria and varies according to where in the UK you will study. For further guidance on the criteria for home or overseas tuition fees, please refer to the UKCISA website .

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Veterinary Medicine and Surgery at University of Nottingham - UCAS