Veterinary Science

Veterinary Science courses for 2018

Single Honours

Bristol's Veterinary Science degree is accredited by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) and will qualify you to practise as a veterinary surgeon through learning core competencies. It also provides you with a wide choice of career opportunities throughout the global market, both in veterinary and non-veterinary fields.

Our internationally recognised research covers areas ranging from animal behaviour and welfare, infection and immunity to veterinary clinical research.

 

Why study Veterinary Science at Bristol?

Bristol is a world-class university in a creative and dynamic city that offers a great student experience. For those on the BVSc course, you will combine this outstanding city experience with time in the rural setting of the Langford campus, where you will be taught in modern clinical facilities. These include new small-animal and equine hospitals, and a recently refurbished dairy farm. 

The friendly and supportive atmosphere of the veterinary school community at Bristol is rated highly by our students.

Training in farm-animal science, animal welfare and veterinary public health is one of Bristol's strengths and reflects the importance of vets to the Global and One Health agendas.

By studying the underpinning science, Bristol graduates are adept as problem solvers, innovators and entrepreneurs. Up to 20 per cent of Bristol veterinary students take the opportunity to intercalate into another science course between years three and four.

What kind of student would this course suit?

You can excel in veterinary science if you are highly motivated, intelligent, an excellent communicator and innovative problem-solver with a passion for animals and science.

Every day my inbox is flooded with opportunities – internships, research projects, extra-curricular activities – all of which are the University getting students involved. The University is constantly updating its facilities, which reinforces its friendly and inclusive environment.

Alexandra, Second year, LLB Law

How is this course taught and assessed?

The course is taught through a mixture of lectures and practical classes to develop clinical, animal handling and laboratory skills. Facilitated small and large-group activities and directed self-education will develop your independent learning and problem-solving skills.

We use mixed assessment methods, such as written examinations, computer-based examinations, practical tests and coursework, including written and oral presentations.

What are my career prospects?

Veterinary science graduates are well prepared for a variety of careers in the global veterinary market. Most are employed in UK general practice, but many undergo further specialist veterinary training, have careers in academia or work overseas.

Veterinary scientists are also employed in the biomedical research industry and there are job opportunities in government agencies, the Royal Army Veterinary Corps, and animal charities.

Employment rates for our BVSc graduates are very high. When surveyed six months after graduation, 87 per cent of our 2015 graduates were working in a veterinary capacity. Additionally 3.3 per cent were engaged with advanced clinical training on internship or residency programmes and 5.2 per cent were undertaking advanced academic training, such as MSc or PhD programmes.

All those in full-time work six months after graduation were employed as veterinary surgeons, in a range of surgeries, hospitals and practices. These specialised in equine, small animal, farm animal and mixed practice. 

Read more about what our graduates are doing six months after graduation

Did you know?

  • Students from more than 180 countries study with us, and we share more than 150 exchange links with institutions worldwide.
  • Our Students' Union has over 200 student-run societies, and the Richmond Building, home to the Students' Union, is undergoing a £30-million renovation.
  • 11 Bristol graduates and members of staff have been awarded Nobel prizes.

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