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Fast-track vet course launched at the University of Bristol

Press release issued: 8 March 2018

Aspiring vets can now fast-track their training, thanks to an innovative four-year training programme by the University of Bristol’s Bristol Veterinary School (BVS).

The new course called Veterinary Science: Accelerated Graduate Entry (BVSc) will welcome its first students in September 2019. It has been created for graduates in a relevant science subject and enables completion of the BVSc in four years instead of five.    

The course responds to calls for innovation in veterinary education while upholding current best practice in adult education to support independent, self-directed, and collaborative learning.

Designed specifically for graduate learners, the programme will see students guided through case-based, tutor facilitated teaching and learning.

The programme is based on a collaborative approach, where students can work together to gain practical experience from BVS clinics and clinical research.

Students will benefit from teaching by nationally and internationally recognised staff in brand-new purpose-built teaching facilities at the Bristol Veterinary School in Langford, North Somerset, on the edge of the Mendip Hills.  

The Langford Campus also boasts first-class clinical facilities and encompasses equine and small animal hospitals, a dairy farm, diagnostic laboratories, and farm animal, small animal and equine practices. 

Professor Richard Hammond, Head of Bristol Veterinary School said: "As someone who was a graduate entry veterinary student myself, I feel passionately about providing opportunities to those who make the choice to train as a vet later in their educational journey. This new programme, delivered in purpose built, state-of-the-art facilities will focus on a more student-centred, case-based approach in small groups and with lots of tutor contact and support. We look forward to welcoming our first cohort of students to Bristol in September 2019". 

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