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 Vet School announces new undergraduate programme

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26 January 2018

Bristol Veterinary School is delighted to announce the launch of a brand-new undergraduate programme, Veterinary Science: Accelerated Graduate Entry (BVSc), commencing September 2019. This is a fast-track programme for graduates in a relevant science subject which enables completion of the BVSc in four years instead of five.

Adopting current best practice in adult education and aligned with a recent call for more innovation in veterinary education, this programme is designed to support independent, self-directed, and collaborative learning. In the first two bespoke years of the programme, students will be guided through case-based, tutor facilitated teaching and learning. This approach is unique in veterinary education in the UK.

Students will be taught by research-active staff (both clinical and non-clinical), in brand-new purpose-built teaching facilities based at the Langford Campus. The site 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.

The RCVS-accredited Bristol Veterinary School has been training veterinary professionals for over 50 years. The new Veterinary Science: Accelerated Graduate Entry (BVSc) supports the School’s strategic aim to 'deliver world-class education through programmes that are recognised globally for integrating fundamental research to build an ethos of evidence based veterinary medicine and a culture of learning through questioning and intellectual debate'.

Professor Richard Hammond, Head of Bristol Veterinary School commented: "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 on 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 ‘Foundation Members’ to Bristol in September 2019".

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Programme outline:

In years one and two, students will study the integrated structure and function of animals, principles of disease, clinical veterinary science and professional studies. Years three and four will integrate with the final two years of the BVSc Veterinary Science programme, which will further develop students’ skills in clinical sciences and professional studies.

This new programme (and the current BVSc Veterinary Science programme) has transferable skills and attributes, directly aligned to the Bristol Futures curriculum, which are embedded in the core teaching activities.

It is a requirement of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons that all UK veterinary students undertake 38 weeks of extra-mural studies on farms and in veterinary establishments. This is integrated into the curriculum and the Bristol Veterinary School has a network of foster placements to help students find the experiences they need.

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