Veterinary Medicine study in the UK

Veterinary Medicine in the UK

Career options, entry requirements and rankings for Veterinary Medicine.

UK Veterinary Medicine Courses

Study Veterinary Medicine in the UK

A Veterinary Medicine degree in the UK will give students an excellent base to begin their veterinary career, equipping them with the knowledge and ability to help with the surgical treatment and care of animals. Transferrable skills will also see graduates move into sectors such as food safety, research and pharmaceuticals.

Did you know you can apply to Vet Med school straight out of high school? A typical Veterinary Medicine undergraduate degree lasts five years and modules generally cover anatomy and physiology, animal husbandry, microbiology, public health, parasitology and pathology. The first two years of the programme are classed as the foundation phase, with the third and fourth clinical and fifth professional.

The number of places available to study Veterinary Medicine each year is limited, and the application procedure is extremely competitive. Each year, SI-UK supports students from North America with their application to Vet Med School in the UK. In 2021 we placed students at the University of Edinburgh, Glasgow, Bristol, Royal Veterinary College London and more! SI-UK works with a practicing vet in the UK who has experience preparing students for the interview. Our Veterinary Medicine Service will ensure you are fully prepared for the application and interview and get accepted! 

What are the entry requirements for Veterinary Medicine?

  • Typical International Baccalaureate requirements: 36-38 points.
  • Typical High School and Bachelor's degree requirements: minimum 80% including the study of Biology and Chemistry

Veterinary Medicine School applicants should also look to gain experience working in a Veterinary (or similar) field as this will increase a student's chances of receiving an offer.

Please note that entry requirements vary for each UK university.

Where can I study Veterinary Medicine in the UK?

To learn more about the best Veterinary Medicine courses in the UK, find details on the top ranking Veterinary Science universities below:

Aberystwyth University
This jointly hosted Bachelor of Veterinary Science (BVSc) degree offers students a unique opportunity to train at two world-leading scientific and educational institutions: the Royal Veterinary College (RVC) and Aberystwyth University.

This exciting new course combines the scientific and clinical expertise from both organizations to help students gain wide-ranging veterinary training, and it will be especially appealing to those interested in veterinary careers in rural mixed practices.

University of Bristol
The University of Bristol's Veterinary School currently offers three undergraduate degrees, one taught Masters program and has been training veterinary professionals for over 50 years.

In the School of Veterinary Sciences, academics are leaders in their field, whose research helps inform national policies that can lead to developments within veterinary practice.

University of Cambridge
Modern facilities in the Queen’s Veterinary School Hospital include a five-theatre small animal surgical suite, a fully-equipped intensive care unit and an equine surgical suite and diagnostic unit, with an MRI machine capable of imaging standing horses. 

Small animals, farm animals and horses are housed on-site to provide continual opportunities to consolidate students' animal handling skills.

The nearby University Farm also allows all students to become involved in lambing and dairy management.

University of Edinburgh
Extra-Mural Studies placements allow students to further practice their animal handling and clinical skills, as well as increase their confidence, increase their work experience and provide valuable insight into the real world of work.  

The University of Edinburgh's Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies is fully accredited by the UK’s Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) and the American Veterinary Medical Association.

University of Glasgow
The University of Glasgow Veterinary School is one of only four Vet Schools in Europe to have achieved accredited status for its undergraduate programmes from the American Veterinary Medical Association.

In the 2016 National Student Survey, the School of Veterinary Medicine was voted number 1 in the UK for Veterinary Science.

University of Liverpool
Liverpool's Institute of Veterinary Science has two on-site working farms as well as two referral hospitals, and three first opinion practices, enabling undergraduates to gain valuable hands-on experience in all aspects of veterinary practice.

The Institute was voted second for veterinary science in a recent national student survey of universities.

University of Nottingham
Nottingham's School of Veterinary Science consistently ranks top of the National Student Survey (NSS) is highly ranked for research power. 

An Association of Veterinary Students survey ranks Nottingham's Veterinary School top for career progression preparation, extramural studies structure and student welfare. 

Royal Veterinary College
The Royal Veterinary College (RVC) is the first veterinary school in the UK, and the only one worldwide, to achieve full accreditation by the European Association of Establishments for Veterinary Education (EAEVE) and the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA).

86% of recent RVC Veterinary Medicine students found work (or went on to further study) within six months of graduation.

University of Surrey 
The School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Surrey is the UK's newest veterinary school, opening in 2015.

State-of-the-art facilities worth £45m include a Veterinary Clinical Skills Centre, Veterinary Pathology Centre and modern lecture theatres and laboratories.

It frequently receives 100% student satisfaction in the National Student Survey and continues to go from strength to strength.

Study Veterinary Medicine in the UK

If you are interested in studying Veterinary Medicine in the UK, arrange your free consultation today. Don't forget that our Veterinary Medicine Service will help your chances of gaining entry to a Vet Med School in the UK! 

SI-UK's service is fast, reliable and efficient. My consultant improved my chances of getting into a top university.
Carla T.
International Business Economics at City University

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