Vet school admissions and entrance requirements

Vets students at Liverpool University
Are you thinking about applying to veterinary school in the UK? Do you want to know more about each of the different universities, what grades you need and what life’s like there? Look no further!

Below is a summary of each of the Veterinary Schools Council’s (VSC’s) member veterinary schools, including information about the courses, numbers of applicants/places and work experience requirements.*

If you want to find out even more about each vet school, this PDF from the VSC gives full information on each vet school

Click on each university for further information:

University of Bristol
University of Cambridge
University of Edinburgh [Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies]
University of Glasgow
University of Liverpool
University of London [Royal Veterinary College]
University of Nottingham
University of Surrey [Yet to be accredited] 

The University of Surrey, which runs a course with the intention of graduating veterinary surgeons. Its admissions webpages can be found here.
 

There are two members of the VSC which are not located in the UK:

  • Further information on the course at University College Dublin may be found at here or by contacting vetprogrammes@ucd.ie.
     
  • Further information on the course at Utrecht University may be found at here.
     

University of Bristol

Bristol university

Why apply to this University?

Voted the best place to live in the UK in 2017 (Sunday Times), the University of Bristol has a thriving student society, Centaur, which offers a number of social, musical and sporting activities as well as student support. The university itself offers a huge range of student clubs and societies. The city has as thriving social and arts scene, as well as being a gateway to the beautiful country and coasts of the South West.

With a big, multi-faculty and international campuses in Clifton and Langford, vet students get to benefit from both, spending most of years 1-3 at the Clifton campus in the city and travelling out to Langford for teaching 1 or 2 days a week, while years 4 and 5 are based full time at Langford. Langford contains excellent clinical facilities that are operated by Langford Vets, a wholly owned subsidiary of the university of Bristol.

What’s the programme like?

With the curriculum highly praised by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons at their 2014 accreditation visit, students are hands on with animals from year 1 and benefit from innovative teaching within the university’s acclaimed clinical skills laboratory throughout the programme.

Intercalation is encouraged, with up to 20% of students choosing to do this during their veterinary degree.

Professional studies, animal management, evidence based veterinary medicine, veterinary public health, and clinical and practical skills are taught in every year of the programme.

Years 1 & 2: Preclinical sciences such as anatomy and physiology are taught in integrated units emphasising the clinical relevance.

Year 3: Students learn about medicine and surgery, preparing them for their practical clinical training in their final year.

The extended final year: Starts with an orientation period, with students then rotating around clinics from May to December to learn about all aspects of clinical veterinary science, working alongside specialists in clinical disciplines. This is followed by additional clinical rotations which are student selected, an elective period and 1 week each on Professional Studies and Global Health.

For further information visit the university website.

How many places are available?

  • 150: The target number of places on the main (non-Gateway) veterinary course for 2019, including graduates and non-UK/non-EU students (no maximum number of either)
     
  • 9: The number of UK/EU applicants per place in 2017 (1,238 applicants, 146 places)
     
  • 33: The number of non-UK/non-EU applicants per place in 2017 (129 applicants, 4 places)

Work experience requirements:

Minimum requirement is for 1 week (or equivalent) with a vet practice and 1 week with an animal establishment, undertaken within the 3 years prior to application.

Typical conditional offers:

  • A-level: AAA: applicants should be taking Chemistry and either Biology or Physics. Contextual offer AAC (C in 3rd subject).
     
  • IB: a total of 40-42, and 7,7, 6 in high-level or science subjects.
     
  • Scottish: AAA in advanced higher science/maths subjects.
     

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University of Cambridge

Cambridge University

Why apply to this University?

Cambridge is an exciting and welcoming place to train to be a vet, proving graduates with the best clinical and scientific springboard to an enormous range of careers available.

With a unique student experience, Cambridge is a beautiful and enjoyable place to spend your university years, with the clinical school only ten minutes’ cycle from the city centre. All students are members of a college and vet students live in their college for at least the first three years of their course, with the college becoming their major social, sporting and recreational hub.

What’s the programme like?

If you’re looking for practical experience from day 1, the University of Cambridge promises hands-on experience in handling and management of all the major domestic species, as well as integrated sessions in clinical examination, diagnostic imaging and ‘exotic’ species. Veterinary students are also immersed in the scientific environment of the world’s premier science university, with teaching from world experts and the best training available in the scientific basis of clinical practice.

All non-graduate-entry students also complete a full Cambridge BA science degree in their third year in a subject of their choice such as animal disease, conservation biology or management studies.

How many places are available?

75: The target number of places on the main (non-Gateway) veterinary course for 2019, including 5 graduates and no minimum or maximum number of non-UK/non- EU students.

4: The number of UK/EU applicants per place in 2017 (230 applicants, 57 places)

8: The number of non-UK/non-EU applicants per place in 2017 (16 applicants, 2 places)

Work experience requirements:

It is recommended that applicants have 10 working days’ experience observing veterinary surgeons at work. You may be asked to discuss cases you have seen at interview.

Typical conditional offers:

A-level: A*AA: applicants should be taking Chemistry and one, preferably two, of Biology, Maths and Physics. Further Maths may also be counted - but it’s worth contacting the office of the college to which you are considering apply to check.

IB: a total of 40–42, and 7,7,6 in higher-level or science subjects.

SQA Higher and Advanced Highers: AAA in Advanced Higher science/maths subjects.
 

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University of Edinburgh

University of Edinburgh

Why apply to this University?

Edinburgh is one of the most vibrant and cosmopolitan cities in Europe with a state of the art campus that is completely devoted to Veterinary Medicine. You will benefit from a close knit community of students and a dedicated student support team that take a personal interest in your wellbeing and success. With over 280 student societies to take part in, nightlife, countryside and festivals, Edinburgh is regularly voted as one of the most desirable places to live in the world.

What’s the programme like?

The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary studies offers an integrated programme where you a taught about large animals, small companion animals, exotics and wildlife. This allows you to broaden your understanding of different species, increases your career prospects and allows you the flexibility to specialist at a later stage.

You will be taught by some of the UK’s most prominent veterinary scientists in an environment of cutting-edge veterinary research and be exposed to a wide range of stimulating teaching and learning methods. The programme also includes Extra-Mural Studies (EMS), providing unrivalled opportunities to gain real-life work experience anywhere in the world whilst being a student.

By studying at The University of Edinburgh, you will gain a qualification that is widely and internationally accredited, allowing you to practice in the UK, the rest of Europe, North America, Australia and Asia.

How many places are available?

117: The target number of places on the main (non-Gateway) veterinary course for 2019, including 72 UK/EU students and 45 non-UK/non-EU students

11: The number of UK/EU applicants per place in 2017 (794 applicants, 72 places)

5: The number of non-UK/non-EU applicants per place in 2017 (160 applicants, 35 places)

Work experience requirements:

No specific days/weeks for work experience, however some experience is preferred.

Typical conditional offers:

All candidates must have Physics at GCSE/National 5 or equivalent.

A Level: AAA, including Chemistry, Biology and one other University-approved subject: https://www.ed.ac.uk/studying/undergraduate/entry-requirements/ruk/approved-subjects

IB: an overall score of 38 points with 666 in Chemistry, Biology and one other higher level subject

SQA Higher & Advanced Highers: AAAAB Highers including Chemistry (A), Biology (A) and either Mathematics or Physics to be achieved by the end of S5. If Biology has not been studied in S5, it should be taken in S6 to Higher level. BB at Advanced Higher in Chemistry and another science subject.
 

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University of Glasgow

Glasgow University

Why apply to this university?

Voted Scottish University of the Year in 2017, the University of Glasgow’s School of Veterinary Medicine is pre-eminent in teaching, research and clinical provision, and attracts students, researchers and clinicians from around the world.

Founded in 1862, the school is located on the 80 hectare Garscube campus at the northwest boundary of the city, alongside a 190 hectare commercial farm and research centre at Cochno, 15 minutes from Garscube.

What’s the programme like?

The BVMS Programme is based on integration of clinical and science subjects areas and has a spiral course structure, meaning that you will revisit topics as you progress through the Programme. In conjunction, there is a vertical theme of professional and clinical skills development to help students acquire the personal qualities and skills needed in professional environments.

The programme is delivered over five years and is divided into three phases: Foundation phase (years 1 and 2), Clinical phase (years 3 and 4), Professional phase (year 5). Primary final year emphasis is on clinical activity, covering the common species of domestic animals.  

How many places are available?

125: The target number of places on the main (non-Gateaway) veterinary course for 2019, including 73 UK/EU students and 52 non-UK/non-EU students

11: The number of UK/EU applicants per place in 2017 (790 applicants, 73 places)

6: The number of non-UK/non-EU applicants per place in 2017 (348 applicants, 55 places)

Work experience requirements:

Approximately six weeks of animal related work experience, two of which should be with a veterinary surgeon.  

Typical conditional offers:

A-level: A*AA; including Chemistry and Biology.

IB: an overall score of 38 with Chemistry at Higher Level 6, Biology at Higher Level 6 and Maths or Physics at Standard Level 5.

SQA Highers and Advanced Highers: AAAAB at Higher to include Chemistry, Biology and either Physics or Maths. BB at Advanced Higher in Chemistry and Biology.
 

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University of Liverpool

Liverpool University

Why apply to this University?

Based in “the friendliest city in the UK”, students at the University of Liverpool have the opportunity to experience all aspects of student life, including sport facilities, teams and a huge array of societies.

Students value their academic experience, with 97% of students saying they were satisfied overall with their course in the most recent National Student Survey. The University of Liverpool was also ranked 5th globally in 2017 for Veterinary Science by the QS World University Rankings.

What’s the programme like?

The focus of the programme is on teaching the veterinary surgeons of the future, through excellence in clinical practice, equally balanced across the three main disciplines: equine, farm animal and small animal veterinary medicine and surgery.

The University of Liverpool’s Veterinary School offers in-depth clinical, and research based training from world-renowned experts in their various fields. Students are able to access a number of facilities including referrals hospitals (small animal and equine), and two farms (one diary, one mixed with beef cattle, pigs and sheep).

How many places are available?

160: The target number of places on the main (non-gateway) veterinary course for 2019, with no minimum or maximum for graduates or non-UK/non-EU students

6: The number of UK/EU applicants per place in 2017 (908 applicants, 162 places)

38: The number of non-UK/non-EU applicants per place in 2017 (76 applicants, two places)

Typical conditional offers:

A-level: AAA; Biology and one other science-related subject (e.g. Chemistry, Maths, Geography, Physics, Psychology), plus a third subject (any subject considered excluding general studies and critical thinking). If the second science is not Chemistry, AS-level Chemistry is required at grade B.

BTEC (Edexcel/Pearson ) National Extended Diploma in Animal Management: DDD overall, plus Chemistry AS (or A) level at grade B or above

IB: Overall 36; to include 6,6,6 in higher-level subjects, including Biology and Chemistry.

Scottish: BB in advanced higher Biology/Chemistry; plus AAB in 3 other higher subjects.

GCSE (or equivalent): AAABBBB (or 7776666) to include Maths, English and Physics or dual award science.
 

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University of London

Students at RVC

Why apply to this University?

The Royal Veterinary College, University of London (RVC) has been ranked as one of the top 3 veterinary schools in the world by the prestigious QS World University Rankings 2018 for the fourth year in succession. Established in 1791 and based in London, UK, the RVC is the oldest veterinary school in the English-speaking world and is one of the only veterinary schools in the world to be accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and the Australian Veterinary Boards Council (AVBC) which means graduates can practice as vets, researchers and scientists around the world.

The Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine (BVetMed) programme offers world-leading scientific and clinical training in veterinary medicine. You will gain a thorough understanding of the science underpinning veterinary practice and research, and develop fundamental problem solving, communication and team-working skills.

What’s the programme like?

The comprehensive programme will help students acquire an understanding of the basic biological principles of normal body function and disease, and the ability to distinguish the pathological from the normal, to prevent disease and safely manage the processes of animal production.

In the first two years, you will be primarily based at the Camden Campus studying basic veterinary sciences, acquiring introductory skills in handling and examining horses, farm animals and companion animals as well as developing your communication and team working skills. In years three, four and five you will be mainly based at the Hawkshead Campus where students will acquire knowledge and practical skills in clinical science necessary to participate fully in clinical practice at the RVC, collaborative practices, and in private veterinary practice.  

How many places are available?

270: The target number of places on the main (non-gateway) veterinary course for 2019, including 100 graduates and approximately 125 non-UK/non-EU students

3: The number of UK/EU applicants per place in 2017 (365 applicants, 121 places)

4: The number of non-UK/non-EU applicants per place in 2017 (315 applicants, 85 places)

Work experience requirements:

Prior work experience is must, with a minimum of:

  • 70 hours of work experience (paid or voluntary) in one or more veterinary practices 

  • 70 hours in a variety of different animal environments (excluding your home environment, family business or pet ownership)

This work experience must be obtained within the 18-month period directly preceding the application deadline. Earlier experience is welcome but will not count towards our requirements.
 

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University of Nottingham

University of Nottingham

Why apply to this University?

The University of Nottingham provides a fresh approach to veterinary education with a progressive and dynamic environment, delivering an outstanding student experience.  The university offers three exciting and innovative veterinary degree courses which are designed with clinical outcomes in mind.

What’s the programme like?

The 5-year course (D100) is a clinically integrated programme covering all of the common domestic, wildlife and exotic species, bringing you into contact with animals and clinical cases scenarios from the very beginning of your studies.

The 6-year course (D104) includes a Preliminary Year, which provides students with the relevant knowledge of biology, chemistry, animal health and husbandry required for laters years of the course. See here for more details.

The 6-year course (D190) includes a Gateway Year which provides an opportunity to upskill capable students who might not otherwise consider entry into the profession. Students gain relevant scientific knowledge required for the later years of the course including animal structure, function, health and husbandry. See here for more details.

How many places are available?

160: The target number of places on the main (non-Gateway) veterinary course for 2019, including 100 graduates and approximately 125 non-UK/non-EU students

6: The number of UK/EU applicants per place in 2017 (1,284 applicants, 201 places)

2: The number of non-UK/non-EU applicants per place in 2017 (201 applicants, 128 places)

Work experience requirements:

At least four weeks animal handling work experience from the broadest range possible is required. Experience in one or more vet practices with small and large animals is also expected.

Typical conditional offers:

A-level: A Biology, A Chemistry, B in a third subject (excluding general studies, critical thinking, global perspectives and citizenship studies)

IB: a total of 34, and 6 Biology, 6 Chemistry, 5 in a third subject at higher-level

SQA Highers and Advanced Highers: AA in advanced higher Biology and Chemistry
 

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[*All information provided was correct at the time of collation. More information is available on the school’s individual websites.]

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