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Season's greetings and a successful start for students of new Accelerated Graduate Entry programme

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13 December 2019

Wrapping up for the festive period marks the end of a successful first semester for Bristol Vet School, which is sending its first cohort of students of the Accelerated Graduate Entry Programme (AGEP) on their way for the Christmas break, having happily completed their first semester.

Student, Alice Thomson said: “I was delighted to get a place on the AGEP course at Bristol, it’s exciting being part of something new. So far, I’ve really enjoyed the teamwork aspect of the course which makes the most of everyone’s varied experience to date. The case-based learning has also had us considering the ethical, practical and professional aspects of being a vet from day one.” 

The University of Bristol is one of only three UK Universities offering this type programme for vets, which delivers an accelerated four-year veterinary degree programme for those already with a science degree. Bristol is also pioneering a case-based learning model based on best practice in adult education.   

The diverse cohort of students hailing from South Africa, Canada, Malaysia, Hong Kong and UK bring a diverse range of academic knowledge and professional experience, which plays an integral role in their learning and enhancing the culture of the School.

Programme Director Dr Emma Love said: “Our first cohort of students are dedicated, committed and have settled in well to the collegiate atmosphere that is Bristol. They’re embracing the challenge of a case-based learning curriculum and their inquisitiveness and mature approach to learning is appreciated and rewarding to the staff involved in teaching and learning with them.”

The introduction of a four-year graduate entry programme at Bristol ensures that the University continues to attract high calibre students. A broader portfolio of programmes will also increase the number of international and mature students to the School, along with the recent accreditation of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA).

The case-based learning element enables students to develop analytical, communication and collaborative skills along with content knowledge. The cases provide a real-life clinical scenario in which students also deal with concepts they will encounter daily as veterinary surgeons, such as uncertainty, ethical dilemmas and financial aspects of treatment. Students work through the cases together in bespoke digitally enhanced teaching spaces.

Brand new purpose built facilities include a post-mortem and anatomy teaching facility featuring a wet lab with the latest in visualiser technology.  The building also provides a new open plan post-mortem facility which the students will use for clinical rotation teaching in the final year of their course.

Head of School, Professor Richard Hammond said: “This is the culmination of several years of hard work from a number of colleagues who have shown innovation, enthusiasm and energy, resulting in a world class programme delivered in bespoke facilities and a showcase of what Bristol Vet School can achieve. As a previous graduate-entry veterinary student myself, I was passionate that the vision for the new programme should be one that not only provides a more suitable learning environment, but is also open to a more diverse and inclusive set of applicants.”

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