Veterinary Science graduate destinations

Data obtained from

  • Veterinary Science (BVSc)
  • Graduates from the UK 

Responses were received from 99 UK graduates from 2016/17; this is a response rate of 81.8%


Most important activityPercentage of graduates
Full-time work 88%
Part-time work 4%
Due to start work 0%
Full-time study 4%
Part-time study 1%
Travel 2%
Something else 0%
Unemployed 0%

Sector information

Most Veterinary Science graduates are employed in general practice. Veterinary science graduates are also employed in natural science laboratories, veterinary and medical schools, medical research institutes and those institutes that deal expressly with animal health and disease. Some go into research at either universities or research institutes, or go into industry, animal charities (e.g. RSPCA) or Government bodies such as DEFRA.

Employers and occupations

69 graduates, who reported as their main activity that they were working full-time six months after graduation, were employed as Veterinary Practitioners in a range of veterinary surgeries, hospitals and practices. These included services specialising in equine, small animal, farm animal and mixed practice.

Further study

Graduates increasingly tend to specialise in particular areas of farm or companion animal practice, and continue their professional development by studying for postgraduate certificates and diplomas awarded by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) and at European level. A small number of graduates in 2016/17 went on to study for higher degrees e.g. Veterinary Clinical Science (PhD) and Neuroscience (PhD).

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