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Veterinary Medicine

and Science

Detect it

Treat it

Undergraduate guide 2019
Graduate with three
Bachelor of Veterinary
Medical Sciences
(BVMedSci), Bachelor
of Veterinary Medicine
Contents (BVM) and Bachelor of
Welcome  4 Veterinary Surgery (BVS)
Why study with us?  5
Facilities and resources 6
Our courses  7
How will I study? 12
How do I apply? 14 Get hands-on Work with
Careers and employability 16 experience clinical
What our students say 18
with animal associates
Experience it 19 handling from gaining exposure
day one to a varied

I really like it being practical and
ranked UK
getting hands-on, as well as veterinary
learning all of the theory.
Freddy Allen,
Veterinary Medicine and Science student for student satisfaction
for the last seven years***
***National Student Survey, 2017.

Study a
course which
a variety of 100%
is recognised placements of undergraduates from the school
by the RCVS* from first opinion secured work or further study within
six months of graduation
and the EAEVE** veterinary surgeries
* Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons. to specialist referral
2 ** European Association of Establishments
for Veterinary Education.
centres Please see page 16 for more information. 3
Welcome Why study with us?

Welcome to the School of Studying veterinary medicine

Veterinary Medicine and Science and surgery at Nottingham
You are about to embark on the We offer three exciting and innovative degree Our innovative school will In 2016, we were awarded an ASPIRE award
courses, which are designed with clinical which recognises excellence in student
most exciting adventure of your outcomes in mind and based upon excellence support you to become a engagement. We are the only veterinary
life. We provide a fresh approach in teaching informed by scientific research. confident and highly skilled school to hold this award worldwide, and it
was given to us because of the way we work
to veterinary education with I strongly encourage you to consider applying veterinary professional. with our students, engaging them fully in
a progressive and dynamic to study veterinary medicine and surgery at the academic community.
environment, which delivers an
Nottingham. We believe that our courses, Professional recognition
which integrate clinical medicine and surgery The school is recognised by the Royal Join a lively campus community
outstanding student experience. with pathology and basic sciences, ensure that College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) and VetSoc is an active society that provides a vast
Nottingham graduates gain the best possible our degrees lead to registrable status with range of social, pastoral and academic events
The veterinary world is facing new challenges foundation on which to build any future career them after graduation. for students to get involved with. There is a
and it is our aim to equip you with the diagnostic, in the veterinary profession.
great community spirit among society members,
medical, surgical and other skills required to We’re one of only two UK veterinary schools
Professor Gary England which is highlighted through their ‘Big Vet,
succeed in a changing world. fully accredited by the European Association of
Head of School Little Vet’ peer mentoring scheme.
Establishments for Veterinary Education (EAEVE).
There is also a student-run Sutton Bonington
Top for student satisfaction Farmers’ Market on campus on the first
Since 2011, we have been ranked as the best Wednesday of the month (in term time).
veterinary school for overall student satisfaction
in the National Student Survey. We continue to Various other events are held on campus for
work closely with our students to ensure their vet and biosciences students to get together,
experience is the best it can be. In the latest including SB Fest. Attractions usually include
survey (2017), our students rated us top across live music, art, fairground rides, a farmers’
all topics, receiving a score of 100% for overall market and a beer festival.
satisfaction. * National Student Survey, 2017 (NSS).
In the latest (2016) Association of Veterinary
Students survey, we were ranked top for several
topics. These included career progression At a glance
preparation, extra mural studies structure,
and student welfare. Benefit from animal handling experience
from day one
An award-winning school Graduate with an additional award
Liz Mossop, Professor of Veterinary Education, of BVMedSci, after completing an
has been awarded a highly coveted National integrated research project in your
Teaching Fellowship. The award celebrates third year
excellent practice and outstanding achievement
in undergraduate and postgraduate teaching Experience different veterinary
and learning. placements, from first opinion veterinary
surgeries to specialist referral centres

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Facilities and resources Our courses

Facilities and resources Our courses

Campus location As we provide our learning materials electronically,
Degree title UCAS code Duration A levels IB
all students are given a voucher towards the cost
The 1000-acre Sutton Bonington Campus
of a laptop and software to support their studies. Single honours
where we are based is located in the beautiful
Information will be provided on all the software
countryside of South Nottinghamshire. It has its BVM BVS with integrated BVMedSci Veterinary D100 5 years AAB 34
that you will need to enhance your learning
own library, sports centre, accommodation and Medicine and Surgery
social amenities. There are regular daily
BVM BVS with integrated BVMedSci Veterinary D190 6 years BBC 28
and evening bus services to University Park The school provides stables for students’ horses,
Medicine and Surgery including a Gateway Year
Campus in Nottingham and Nottingham city a large indoor arena, and has a dedicated large
centre, allowing you to take full advantage of animal smallholding, an exotic and pet unit and BVM BVS with integrated BVMedSci Veterinary D104 6 years AAB 34
the social and sporting activities available there. an apiary. Medicine and Surgery including a Preliminary Year

Teaching facilities There are also teaching and research facilities for
cattle, pigs, poultry and sheep associated with
The Veterinary School has superb facilities for English language requirements
the University’s commercial farm, which includes
both research and learning, including a large IELTS 7.5 (no less than 7.0 in any element). Around one-third of our UK students
a dairy centre.
lecture theatre and seminar rooms, numerous For details of other English language tests receive our means-tested core bursary,
small-group teaching rooms, dissection and and qualifications we accept, please see worth up to £2,000 a year (2018 entry
teaching laboratories, a surgery suite and a nottingham.ac.uk/go/alternativerequirements figure; subject to change). For details,
clinical skills laboratory. see nottingham.ac.uk/financialsupport

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Our courses

BVM BVS with integrated Preliminary and

BVMedSci Veterinary gateway courses
Medicine and Surgery The preliminary and gateway Which course is right for me?
courses are taught together. Preliminary year
This course is for you if you have high academic
The majority of your Year four You will study the basic science subjects of:
achievement but do not have the required
animal biology
educational experience is Continuing from year three, year four develops
science qualifications for direct entry.
knowledge on animal production, trauma
provided in body-system based management, disease processes, diagnosis, animal care and behaviour Gateway year
modules, each covering all the management and prevention of disease.
These are taught in integrated modules that
This course has been specifically developed for
Personal and Professional Skills is expanded to students who are studying science subjects but
common domestic, wildlife incorporate business skills and entrepreneurship.
illustrate how these key areas interlink. You will
whose grades are not at the level required for
and exotic species. learn key chemical concepts and the knowledge
required of animal biology.
direct entry into year one of the five-year
Year five programme. This may be due to lack of
Each module is delivered once as a veterinary The final year consists of a series of rotations In addition, you will: opportunity or disadvantaging circumstances.
science subject (during year one or two) and comprising small-group clinical teaching in a expand your animal handling skills
again as a clinical subject (during year three or hospital/practical/laboratory situation at our
four). We choose this curriculum style so you broaden your understanding of
Clinical Associates. Teaching and learning is relevant industries
benefit from maximised animal handling based upon observation, discussion and practical
and clinical experience. develop an appreciation of the role of
experience. At each establishment, you are animals in society
under the supervision of University academic
Years one and two staff placed at, and working within, the On successful completion of the year, you will
During your first two years, you will learn Clinical Associate. join year one of the five-year BVM BVS with
primarily about the ‘normal’ animal using integrated BVMedSci course.
clinical case examples and scenarios. You will Extra Mural Studies (EMS)
also develop animal handling skills, and an A total of 12 weeks of Animal Husbandry Extra
understanding of animal husbandry, relevant Mural Studies (AHEMS) and 26 weeks of Clinical
industries and the role of animals in society. Extra Mural Studies (CEMS) are also undertaken
The Personal and Professional Skills module throughout the course. EMS and CEMS are
focuses on learning, communication and the organised in accordance with recommendations
professional role of the veterinary surgeon. as defined by the Royal College of Veterinary
Surgeons (RCVS).
Year three
Your third year provides you with an opportunity to EMS exposes you to the practical, ethical,
focus on a 10-week research project of your choice. financial, managerial and interpersonal aspects
You will also develop further understanding of professional practice. EMS placements take
of principles underpinning clinical veterinary place during University holidays as well as during
sciences and veterinary public health. At the end year five. Up to four weeks of AHEMS and 12
of year three, you will graduate with a BVMedSci weeks of CEMS may be undertaken abroad.
Veterinary Medical Sciences degree.

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Our courses

Typical modules Example timetable

for all courses This is an example timetable taken from year one,
week four of the five-year course. This is to give
you an idea of how your time may be spent.
Typical modules
Preliminary/gateway year Year one Year two
Mon Tues Wed Thurs Fri
Core Core Core Musculoskeletal
Animal Care and Behaviour Animal Health and Welfare 1 Animal Health and Welfare 2 System Musculoskeletal
Lameness System
Biology: An Introduction to Lymphoreticular Cell Veterinary Endocrine and 9-10am Personal and Private Study
evaluation (equine Introduction to
Body Systems Biology 1 Integument Systems 1 Professional Skills
and small animal) biomechanics lecture
Biology: Cell Structure and Veterinary Cardiorespiratory Veterinary Gastrointestinal Learning techniques lecture
Biochemistry System 1 System 1 Introduction to
assessments; lecture Musculoskeletal
Biology: Health and Disease Veterinary Musculoskeletal Veterinary Personal and and practical System
System 1 Professional Skills 2 10-11am Musculoskeletal Bone as a living
Chemistry: Atomic Structure Introduction to System
and Bonding Veterinary Neuroscience 1 Veterinary Reproduction 1 tissue; adaptation and
immunology lecture Practical four -
Musculoskeletal remodelling lecture
Chemistry: Compounds and Veterinary Personal and Veterinary Urinary System 1 Musculoskeletal
System Musculoskeletal examination; Musculoskeletal
Reactions Professional Skills 1 Musculoskeletal System
Anatomy and System horse and joint
Introductory Maths 11.15am- System histology of smear practical Cartilage as a living
Connective tissue;
12.15pm Structure and function; bone and tissue; osteoarthritis,
Year three Year four Year five bone lecture cartilage; self-
cells and molecules
joint inflammation and
directed, small lecture cartilage repair lecture
Core Core Core group work Musculoskeletal
Clinical and Professional Lymphoreticular Cell Veterinary Clinical Practice Musculoskeletal
Skills Biology 2 (Equine) 12.15- System
Imaging Lunch
Principles of Clinical Veterinary Cardiorespiratory Veterinary Clinical Practice 1pm Structure and function;
techniques; small
cartilage lecture
Veterinary Science System 2 (Farm Animal, Veterinary group teaching
Veterinary Public Health Veterinary Endocrine and Public Health, Zoo and Musculoskeletal
Veterinary Research Project Integument Systems 2 Wildlife Practice) System
1-2pm Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch
Veterinary Gastrointestinal Veterinary Clinical Practice Stress fractures; small
group learning
System 2 (Small Animal)
Veterinary Personal and Musculoskeletal
Veterinary Musculoskeletal Musculoskeletal
System 2 Professional Skills 5 System
Bone biomechanics
2-3pm Musculoskeletal disease
Veterinary Neuroscience 2 and forces; self-
in cattle; small group
Veterinary Personal and directed small group
learning Animal Health &
Musculoskeletal work
Professional Skills 4 Welfare
System Musculoskeletal
Veterinary Reproduction 2 Musculoskeletal Animal handling System
System Practical three No teaching -
Veterinary Urinary System 2 six week
- Bone and Joint movement
3-4pm Structure and function; sport/leisure time rotation;   canine,
joint anatomy and lubrication;
joints and synovial equine, bovine,
and histology self-directed small
Modules may change, for example due to curriculum developments. The above list is a sample of typical modules that we offer, structures lecture sheep, exotics or
not a definitive list. The most up to date information can be found on our website at nottingham.ac.uk/ugstudy/vet practical group work
poultry practical
System Musculoskeletal
4-5pm Locomotor function System
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How will I study?

Engaging study,
incredible results
You will experience a Teaching and learning Assessment Clinical Associates
veterinary course that is Teaching is delivered progressively in a clinically Our assessment strategy is designed to During the placement year, you will experience
integrated programme, so you are always seeing assess achievement of the wide variety of first and second opinion cases. We choose to
underpinned by the latest the clinical relevance of what you study. We use skill and knowledge-based learning outcomes work with associates, rather than have our own
educational techniques and four main teaching methods: through different types of assessment. Skills referral hospital, to make sure you have exposure
to a varied case-load.
which will keep you enthused 
signposting lectures to cover key topics and behaviours are assessed through methods
and inspired to become 
practical classes which incorporate
clinical skills Directly Observed Practical Skills
The Clinical Associates we currently
work with are:
an outstanding veterinary 
structured self-study time to develop Objective Structured Practical Bransby Horses
professional on graduation. concepts further Examinations Defence Animal Centre

clinical relevance sessions to practise Portfolios Dick White Referrals
problem-solving with clinical scenarios Rotation Professionalism Assessment Poultry Health Services
Knowledge is principally assessed in the winter Oakham Veterinary Hospital
and summer examinations, which are held online PDSA
and through spot tests and short answer papers. Pinfold Vets
In addition, we provide informal assessment Scarsdale Veterinary Group
opportunities which allow you to evaluate and
Twycross Zoo
reflect on the development of your skills and
knowledge as you progress through the course.
You'll also have the opportunity to intercalate
postgraduate degrees - PGCert, MRes and PhD
- during your study, normally after year three or
four, subject to funding availability.

Key Information Sets

Key Information Sets (KIS) are comparable
sets of information about full or part-time
undergraduate courses and are designed to meet
the information needs of prospective students.
All KIS data is published on the Unistats website:
For Nottingham’s KIS data, please see individual
course entries at nottingham.ac.uk/ugstudy

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How do I apply?

How to apply
All applications for an Biomedical Admissions Test Assessment days Deferred entry
undergraduate place to study at (BMAT) We interview candidates at our assessment Applicants who wish to defer their entry by a
days, which are normally held between year will not be at a disadvantage. Please tell
the University of Nottingham, We do not require BMAT scores for entry
December and March. For details about us something about your plans for your gap
on to any of our courses.
including applications by the assessment days, please visit year in your UCAS personal statement.
international students, must be Alternative qualifications nottingham.ac.uk/vet/admissions
Fitness to practise
made through UCAS. In this brochure you will find our A level entry
Work experience The award of the BVM BVS with integrated
requirements but we accept a much broader
range of qualifications. All applicants must have gained at least four BVMedSci degree will entitle the graduate to
The deadline for UCAS applications for all weeks’ experience of working with a broad range be registered by the Royal College of Veterinary
veterinary courses is 15 October 2018. These include: of animals before they apply. Details of what Surgeons (RCVS) and to practise as a veterinary
Full details of the admissions process can Veterinary Medicine and Surgery (D100) work experience could include can be found surgeon. By awarding a veterinary degree,
be found on our website at Cambridge Pre-U at nottingham.ac.uk/vet/workexperience the University is therefore confirming that the
nottingham.ac.uk/vet/admissions graduate is fit to practise to the high standards
Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma
Flexible admissions policy laid down by the RCVS. Applicants will be
Your personal statement Veterinary Medicine and Surgery including We recognise that some educational and checked against the Excluded Students Database
This is the section of your UCAS form that tells a Preliminary Year (D104) personal circumstances affect achievement. as maintained by the Medical Schools Council,
us most about you, and you should make the Access to HE Diploma If we judge that you have experienced Dental Schools Council, Pharmacy Schools
best use of it. Be as specific and detailed as you BTEC Extended Diploma circumstances that have adversely affected Council and Vet Schools Council. For more
can – we would like to see that you are a student your achievement, we will consider them when information about fitness to practise, please visit
Cambridge Pre-U
who can work hard, be self-motivated and make assessing your academic potential. Some courses nottingham.ac.uk/vet/fitnesstopractise
City and Guilds
the best possible use of the opportunities that may vary the offer as a result. For the most up to
Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma In addition all students are assessed by the
our courses offer you. We would also like to date information about our offers, please see the
University’s occupational health service to
hear about any skills you have gained through Veterinary Medicine and Surgery including entry requirements section of our course
ensure fitness to train and the ability to meet
extracurricular activities. a Gateway Year (D190) pages on our online prospectus. For more
the required RCVS standards on graduation.
Access to HE Diploma information about this policy, please see
For further information see heops.org.uk
Minimum entry requirements BTEC Extended Diploma
The A level grades needed for all our courses Cambridge Pre-U Mature applicants Equal opportunities policy
are listed on page 7. For full details, including The University aims to create the conditions
City and Guilds We encourage applications from mature
required subjects, GCSE grades and any whereby students and staff are treated solely on
widening participation requirements, please Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma applicants. You should apply through UCAS.
the basis of their merits, abilities and potential,
visit the individual courses’ online prospectus This list is not exhaustive; we will consider Find out more at
regardless of gender, race, colour, nationality,
pages at nottingham.ac.uk/ugstudy/vet applicants with other qualifications on an nottingham.ac.uk/mature
ethnic or national origin, age, socio-economic
individual basis. Please contact us to discuss background, disability, religious or political
the suitability of your qualification. International applicants beliefs, trade union membership, family
The University provides a range of information circumstances, sexual orientation or other
and advice for international applicants. If you are irrelevant distinction.
unable to attend an open day, we can meet you
in your country at one of our overseas events
or arrange an individual visit to the University.
For further information please visit

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Careers and employability

Outstanding 100% Get the Advantage

The career-enhancing Nottingham Advantage

careers support
Award recognises and rewards your
undergraduates extracurricular activities. With a choice of
over 200 modules, you can hone the key skills
in the school who were
employers are looking for. From developing
available for employment your leadership skills and learning a language
Transferable skills secured work or further to public speaking and volunteering, you
Our problem-oriented approach to learning study within six months will leave university with demonstrable
experience that sets you apart from other
will provide you with core competencies that of graduation.*
include problem-solving skills and an understanding graduates. For further information, visit
of research, preparing you well for your future nottingham.ac.uk/careers/advantage
professional development. The veterinary profession
itself offers many diverse and stimulating career Postgraduate opportunities
opportunities combined with the privilege of working The School of Veterinary Medicine and Science

with animals. At Nottingham, we encourage all our offers suitably qualified graduates excellent
students to build a broad range of skills that will opportunities to study for MRes or PhD, and also
appeal to employers. the clinically focused degrees of PG Certificate,
was the average starting salary MVM/MVS and DVetMed/DVetSurg in a wide
with the highest being £36,000.* range of veterinary, biomedical, biological and
statistical research fields.Undergraduate students
have the opportunity to intercalate postgraduate
degrees during their veterinary course.

Amplify your potential

Whether you already have a plan or need some
inspiration, your Careers and Employability Recent graduate destinations:
Service is here to help.
Veterinary Officer,
Academic excellence and employability go Royal Army Veterinary Corps
hand in hand at Nottingham. Your course, and
the diverse student experiences we offer, will
Anaesthesia Resident,
enable you to develop the skills and professional Glasgow University
competencies required to thrive in the job Veterinary Surgeon, Anvivets
market of the future.
Diagnostic Imaging Resident,
We will help you explore your options, so you Royal Veterinary College
feel confident making choices about what you
want to achieve. Our team will support you Veterinary Surgeon, Shanaghan
as you build your CV, search for jobs, prepare Veterinary Services
applications, practise your interview technique,
and much more.



16 nottingham.ac.uk/careers * Known destinations of full-time home undergraduates who were available for work 2015/16. 17
Salaries are calculated based on the median of those in full-time paid employment within the UK.
What our students say Experience it Experience living
and studying abroad
as part of our
overseas summer

What our students say


Charli Twyford Accommodation

to suit every
budget and
30 minutes
from the city for
music, food and
student-led groups,
  s a very small, close-knit campus, the societies
A personal choice shopping clubs and societies at
here are more like little families of students across nottingham.ac.uk/ your Students’ Union
all years and courses, with a shared interest. nottingham.ac.uk/
Personally, I am very active in the music and nottinghamlife su.nottingham.ac.uk
performance groups and I love it!
Veterinary student

Abby St John Student Service

Centres on all
UK campuses
for support
 I really enjoy the amount of practical’s we
have, they are a great way to consolidate and advice
what we have learnt in lectures. nottingham.ac.uk/
Veterinary student studentservices

One of the UK’s Join in with the Choose from

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for sport* with over
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life on campus languages
and in the city to study alongside
sports clubs
  he facilities work perfectly for anything we
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nottingham.ac.uk/sport performance
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Veterinary student
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