UK Veterinary Medicine Courses
Introduction to Veterinary Medicine
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. Transferable skills will also see graduates move into sectors such as food safety, research and pharmaceuticals.
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. In 2014, Edinburgh received approximately 2,150 applications for 190 Home/EU places and 500 overseas applications for 17 places, meaning there is about one place for every 14 Home/EU applicants and one place for every 42 overseas applicants.
Careers in Veterinary Medicine
Veterinary Medicine graduates are in demand and will move into private animal welfare practices, as well as working at charities, laboratories, abattoirs and within the public health sector. If a student chooses to continue study at postgraduate level, careers can be forged in more specialist areas of the profession.
- Average starting professional salary: £28,000
Source: The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019.
What are the entry requirements for Veterinary Medicine?
- Typical International Baccalaureate requirements: 36-38 points.
- Typical A-levels requirements: AAA including Chemistry, Biology or Physics.
- Typical IELTS requirements: 7.0 overall, with no lower than 6.5 in any one component.
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 in the Guardian University Guide 2021 below:
- University of Edinburgh
- University of Nottingham
- University of Glasgow
- University of Liverpool
- University of Cambridge
- University of Bristol
- University of Surrey
- Royal Veterinary College