Veterinary Science

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.

Why study Veterinary Science at Bristol?

Bristol is a world-class university in a creative, dynamic city that offers an outstanding student experience. BVSc students will combine this 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 veterinary school community at Bristol has a friendly and supportive atmosphere.

Bristol’s training strengths include farm animal science, animal welfare and veterinary public health reflecting the importance of vets to the Global and One Health agendas. The department’s research covers a range of areas including animal behaviour and welfare, infection and immunity, and veterinary clinical research.

Because they have studied 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.

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What kind of student would this course suit?

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

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.

It is a requirement of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons that all UK veterinary students undertake 38 weeks of extramural studies on farms and in veterinary establishments. Bristol has a network of foster placements to help you find the experiences you need.

What are my career prospects?

Veterinary science graduates are well prepared for a variety of careers in the global veterinary market. Most graduates 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.

When surveyed six months after graduation, 94 per cent of our 2016 graduates were working in a veterinary capacity six months after graduation. Of these, 94 per cent were employed as veterinary surgeons in a range of surgeries, hospitals and practices, including services specialising in equine, small animal, farm animal and mixed practice.

Read more about what students from Veterinary Science go on to do after graduation.


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