University of Surrey Veterinary Medicine

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University of Surrey Veterinary Medicine

University of Surrey Veterinary Medicine


Veterinary Medicine and Science BVMSci – 2018 entry

At Surrey we have created an exciting five year Veterinary Medicine degree programme centred around a ‘one health-one medicine’ theme.

In working with our local clinical partners including the Pirbright institute, the Animal and Plant Health Agency, Liphook Equine Hospital, Fitzpatrick Referrals, the Veterinary Medicines Directorate and Westpoint Veterinary Group we will engage students in a range of clinical and research disciplines from day one.

Professor Roberto La Ragione Professor of Veterinary Microbiology and Pathology

Why Surrey?

The science behind animal health and disease, including the interface with human health, is often at the heart of issues which make headline news and have worldwide social and economic impact. ‭As a student of veterinary medicine and science will explore animal health and disease, and receive specialist training in veterinary science and its associated disciplines, preparing you for a successful and infinitely rewarding career in veterinary medicine and science.‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

Why study Veterinary Medicine and Science at Surrey?

With a forward-thinking approach, strong links with the veterinary profession and world-leading research laboratories, Surrey has a growing reputation in the field of veterinary medicine and science. ‬‬‬

Our diverse, innovative and contemporary veterinary medicine and science degree programmes will provide you with an inspiring educational experience and fully equip you to excel in this dynamic field of study.

‭Our new £45 million School of Veterinary Medicine opened in October 2015 and reflects Surrey’s growing reputation in the field and our commitment to delivering a unique style of veterinary education that is enhanced by using the skills and resources of a wide partner network. ‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬We are committed to delivering a One Health approach to human and animal science.‬

Our mission at Surrey is to educate veterinary professionals who will meet the needs of a changing world, and our vision is to produce confident and compassionate graduates.

Programme overview

This exciting five-year programme has been created to foster interdisciplinary collaborations in animal and human health.

In addition to studying towards your professional veterinary medicine qualification, you will receive training in the core sciences and develop professional and business skills.

State-of-the-art facilities, such as our veterinary Clinical Skills Centre and veterinary pathology facility, will give you hands-on practical, clinical and research training right from the start.

Our veterinary partners provide an opportunity for students to gain outstanding clinical experience with both general practice and referral-type caseload.

Programme structure

The structure of our programmes follows clear educational aims that are tailored to each programme. These are all outlined in the programme specification documents which include further details such as the learning outcomes. Please be aware that these specifications are applicable to the current academic year.

Modules listed are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that modules may be subject to teaching availability and/or student demand.

Year 1 (FHEQ Level 4)

The study modules focus on the understanding of the normal animal’s development, structure and function as well as welfare and nutritional needs. The curriculum is based on body systems and, as such, includes material across species within each module. The students are also introduced to the veterinary profession, evidence-based decision-making, information evaluation and start their communications training. They also gain some training in basic personal financial and stress management. Practical training will begin with normal anatomy and clinical examination of the normal animal. Students may start their AHEMS placements in the Christmas or Easter period or after the end of first year. They are required to complete 12 weeks of farm or husbandry placements (AHEMS) prior to the beginning of third year. PBL will be used to integrate between disciplines and highlight the clinical relevance of their basic science training. They will be introduced to the E-portfolio on SurreyLearn and how to use it to record their technical skills as well as to keep a journal of experiences and reflect upon these as part of their personal continuing growth as a professional.

Year 2 (FHEQ Level 5)

During the second year of study, the student will begin to appreciate variation from normal across species with much of their time being focussed on pathology and the various para-clinical sciences related to infectious disease. They will also study epidemiology and food science as they begin to understand infectious agents and processes. Practical skill development will focus on the abnormal and its assessment and documentation. Microbiology and pathology practicals will include food science considerations and ante-mortem inspection.

After Year Two, the students will still be involved in AHEMS to complete the RCVS 12-week requirement. They may also start the 6-week period of introductory EMS with clinical practices, with two-week periods spent in farm, companion animal and equine practices as per RCVS requirements. Again, they will use their E-portfolio to record their achievements both technical and professional.

Year 3 (FHEQ Level 6)

The student will now begin to study clinical diseases, their diagnosis, prognosis and treatment across the body systems. They will also be involved in a year-long research project that will take about one day per week throughout the academic year. This year will see them introduced to the fundamentals of practice namely imaging, pharmacology, surgery and anaesthesia. They will also continue with their communications and professional training. Practical skills include the techniques basic to practice, client interview technique as well as more depth in their physical examination and diagnostic skills. They will also further develop their researching and practical laboratory skills. They will continue to use their E-portfolio for recording technical and professional skills achievement.

Year 4 (FHEQ Level 7)

During this year the student will further integrate their clinical knowledge seeing the role of the veterinarian in various types of animal industries – namely extensive production animal, intensive production, laboratory, wildlife and exotic, companion animal and equine types of practice settings. The emphasis will be on the role of the veterinarian in maintaining wellness and good health by communicating the needs of their patients at various stages of their lifecycle in the various types of practice. Two modules will allow the student practice in surgery, anaesthesia and after care in a spay and neuter clinic setting. Two modules will cover broad topics related to wildlife conservation and contemporary issues in veterinary medicine and the roles of vets in society as leaders and educators. The student should be in a position to finish their clinical EMS after Year 4 in preparation in Year 5 for their IMR studies. It is possible that they may be able to do part of their elective rotation at this stage if they wish to combine it with an EMS component or travel overseas for a longer period of study. The E-portfolio continues as a formative tool.

  • Fundamentals of Veterinary Practice 3 and 4 – Spay and Neuter Clinic
  • Clinical Practice 5 – Intensive Production and Laboratory Animal Systems
  • Wildlife Health and Disease
  • Clinical Practice 6: Equine
  • Clinical Practice 7: Companion Animal
  • Clinical Practice 8: Production Animal
  • Contemporary Issues in Veterinary Medicine – Emerging Disease, Public Health and Sustainability

Year 5 (FHEQ Level 8)

This year will see the student consolidate their clinical, professional and technical skills in practice and laboratory and food science and pathology settings during their respective IMR rotations. Each IMR module is 4 weeks in duration and there are three months periods spent in small animal practice settings with exposure to emergency and critical care, general practice and referral settings. Two months will be spent in equine practice settings, both referral and general practice, as well as a month in farm animal practice.

The pathology rotation is combined with the public health rotation for another month’s exposure. The elective rotation allows the student to gain more or varied experience in a setting of their choice as long as they have pre-authorised and defined the learning outcomes for that rotation with the school in advance.

Assessments of the students during their IMR placements will be made by the practice hosts via an online competency scale, as well as evaluation of their E-portfolio by the University placement tutor. This tutor will be responsible for checking student progress at the halfway mark of each rotation, or earlier if problems, to ensure that the student is on track for successful placement completion.

  • Small Animal General Practice 1 (four weeks)
  • Small Animal General Practice 2 (four weeks)
  • Small Animal Referral Surgery, Anaesthesiology, Imaging and Neurology (four weeks)
  • Equine General Practice (four weeks)
  • Consolidation Elective (four weeks)
  • Veterinary Pathology and Public Health (four weeks)
  • Production Animal (four weeks)
  • Electives (two blocks of two weeks or one four week block)

Professional recognition

The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) quality assures UK veterinary degrees to make sure that new veterinary surgeons are fit to practise on graduation, and join the RCVS Register. Only those individuals registered with the RCVS can call themselves veterinary surgeons and, with a few exceptions, practise veterinary surgery in the UK.

We are liaising with the RCVS to ensure that our Veterinary Medicine and Science programme meets the standards required for the RCVS to grant full accreditation in 2019.

Read more about RCVS Approval.

If you have any queries about this, please email or call +44 (0)1483 686 750.


Our teaching methods will develop your problem-solving skills, train you to use essential equipment and support life-long learning. The curriculum is structured around the different body systems, covering all common companion and farm species, in addition to wildlife and exotic species.

Each module is integrated horizontally, covering anatomy, physiology, biochemistry and embryology in Year 1 and pathology and infectious disease in Year 2, as well as pharmacology, diagnostic techniques, communication, and clinical medicine and surgery in Year 3.

In addition to University of Surrey academics, many of whom have specialist veterinary qualifications, part of your teaching will be delivered by joint appointments with our associate veterinary partners. It is also anticipated that there will be opportunities for international exchange programmes, distance learning and shared teaching with our global veterinary partners.

Watch a video featuring some of our partners.


Modules are assessed individually and credits are awarded for the successful completion of each one. Assessment takes place through a combination of examination and/or coursework, practical examinations and reports.

You will be assessed on all aspects of the course, including your knowledge and understanding, your skills and your professionalism. To help you with your studies, there will be a wide range of formative assessments with feedback.

Formal assessments must be passed each year for progression on the programme. Students are also required to keep a portfolio and skills diary.

Contact hours

Contact hours can vary across our modules. Full details of the contact hours for each module are available from the University of Surrey’s Module Catalogue. See the programme structure section for more information.


The new purpose-built School of Veterinary Medicine buildings were officially opened in October 2015 and include dedicated teaching spaces, breakout rooms, research and teaching laboratories and a large veterinary Clinical Skills Centres. View photos of the new buildings.

Our Guildford campus also offers state-of-the-art veterinary pathology teaching, research and diagnostic facilities.

The Clinical Skills Centre provide livestocks and companion animal handling and examination areas, a locomotion laboratory, a haptics laboratory, a simulated veterinary practice for communications training, seminar rooms and a technical skills training centre.

Academic support

You are allocated a personal tutor to guide you through the programme and advise on your option choices and future career, helping you to get the most out of your time at Surrey.

Global opportunities

We give our students the opportunity to acquire international experience during their degrees by taking advantage of our exchange agreements with overseas universities or by completing a Professional Training placement abroad. In addition to the hugely enjoyable and satisfying experience, time spent abroad adds a distinctive element to your CV. To check where you can go, visit our Global Exchanges pages.

In your fifth year, you might want to think about spending one of your placements abroad. If you work in another part of Europe you will be eligible for an Erasmus grant. This is an excellent opportunity not only to acquire valuable work experience but also to improve or learn another language.

Careers and Professional Training

We are very proud of our track record for graduate employability. One of the main reasons for our graduate employability success is our Professional Training placement programme which is one of the largest in the World, with over 2,300 partner organisations in the UK and overseas. To find out more visit our Careers and Professional Training pages.

The final year consists of 32 weeks/eight months of Intramural Rotations (28 weeks of core rotations and four weeks of electives).

  • Small Animal General Practice 1 (four weeks)
  • Small Animal General Practice 2 (four weeks)
  • Small Animal Referral Surgery, Anaesthesiology, Imaging and Neurology (one week in each)
  • Equine General Practice (four weeks)
  • Consolidation Elective (four weeks spent in the species of your choice or subspecialty across species for example Ophthalmology)
  • Veterinary Pathology and Public Health (two weeks)
  • Production Animals (four weeks)
  • Electives (blocks of either two or four weeks)

Clinical training placements

As part of the clinically integrated Veterinary Medicine and Science degree programme, you will undertake ‘core’ clinical rotations, but will also have the opportunity to select a proportion of your practical experience to gain bespoke training centred on your interests. This includes the opportunity to undertake a research-based project.

Extramural studies

Extramural placements are an essential part of veterinary training, providing students with practical experience that consolidates their University-based studies.

In accordance with the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons guidelines, all students are required to undertake a minimum of twelve weeks of Animal Husbandry Extramural Studies (AHEMS) in Years 1 and 2 and 26 weeks of Extramural Studies (EMS) from Year 2 onwards.

Graduate prospects

A Veterinary Medicine and Science degree from Surrey provides an excellent platform for a variety of careers.

Graduates develop the in-depth scientific knowledge that underpins clinical veterinary practice. These skills can open up a wide range of career options, including veterinary clinical practice, research, pathology, conservation medicine, pharmaceutical industry, state veterinary medicine, food security, veterinary public health and policy.

Additional costs

There are associated costs with this programme: 

  • Books/stationery/admin: £45-180 – Students are also strongly advised to register as a member of the British Veterinary Association. This provides insurance cover for placement activity and associated work experience. Membership is free for first-year students and around £45 per annum in following years.
  • Commuting (Local travel expenses): Students are required to undertake 38 weeks of Extramural Studies (EMS). These placements are arranged by students who are responsible for all associated costs (i.e travel, accommodation, equipment). Costs will vary depending on where students decide to undertake their EMS placements. In year 5 of the programme students undertake a series of clinical “Intramural” rotations (IMR). Students will be required to return for university-based activities and examinations throughout the year so will be advised to maintain accommodation local to Guildford where possible. Most placements occur within commutable distance and any travel expense incurred over and above a student’s normal journey to the University can be claimed back via the University. If students are allocated to a placement deemed “non-commutable” the University will pay a contribution to dual accommodation costs.
  • Safety equipment and/or uniform: £345 for year 1, to include approx. £135 of self-sourced uniform and equipment. An additional £59.20 worth of items are required for year 2 and one more item costing £29.40 is required for year 4.
    This gives a total of £433.60. Students must purchase personal protection equipment (PPE) prior to starting on the programme to be worn in all animal handling/husbandry classes and whilst on placement. There is a set of compulsory PPE for Year 1 items and there are additional items required for Year 2 and 4. Students are also responsible for the costs associated with maintaining/washing their uniform.

Grand total: £613.60-658.60

2018 Entry requirements

What qualifications do you need?


Overall: AAB.

Required Subjects: Biology (grade A) and Chemistry (grade A). Applicants taking the Science Practical Endorsement are required to pass.

GCSE or Equivalent: Five subjects at Grade A(7) including Chemistry, Biology, and Physics (or double science). English Language and Mathematics at Grade B(5).

Please note: A-level General Studies and A-level Critical Thinking are not accepted.

Selection process

Applicants are expected to have completed at least four weeks’ animal-related work experience, including a week in general veterinary practice. Experience could include farm, stable yard, kennels, rescue centre, research laboratory or abattoir work. All work experience must be completed before 15 October 2017 and only official references in the formats outlined in the advice below can be accepted.

Read our advice on how to present evidence of your work experience.

Applicants will be sent a questionnaire to complete and they will have a week to complete and return this to us. Questionnaires will be scored for those applicants successful through the academic and work experience shortlisting. Applicants that score the highest will be invited to interview.

Interviews will be held on the following dates:

  • Saturday 25 November 2017
  • Saturday 2 December 2017
  • Wednesday 10 January 2018
  • Thursday 11 January 2018
  • Friday 12 January 2018

We are unable to guarantee successful candidates their first preference of interview day.

Read the complete admissions procedure for this course.

Fitness to practise: All students must meet the professional standards and guidelines for health and conduct (PDF).

English language requirements

Course Options

Qualification Course Length Professional Training UCAS code
BVMSci 5 years D100

Tuition fees

View a complete listing of all ongoing fees for our undergraduate programmes.

The University will assess your fee status. If you are unsure whether you are likely to be considered a home, EU or overseas student for fees purposes, the UKCISA website offers more information.

Additional costs

There are additional costs associated with this programme – view the additional costs section for full details.

Professional Training placement fees

Programmes marked with a tick in the table above include a Professional Training placement.

A reduced fee is charged for Professional Training placements.

Fees will not have to be paid up front for those eligible students who decide to take up the Government’s loan for higher education fees. The Professional Training placement is a key factor in the high employability rates achieved by students with Surrey degrees.

Bursaries and scholarships

We’re committed to making sure that we offer support for students who might need it.

Find out more

The Full Surrey Award 2018 entry

The University will identify eligible students, so there is no application form for this scheme.

International students

Experienced staff in our International Student Office are available to help from the moment you consider studying at the University. We offer professional advice on immigration, visa issues, entry qualifications, pre-departure information, employment regulations and international student welfare.

How to apply

Find out how and when to apply to study at Surrey.

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Modules listed are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that modules may be subject to teaching availability and/or student demand.