Veterinary Science graduate destinations

Data obtained from

  • Veterinary Science (BVSc)
  • Graduates from the UK 

Responses were received from 69 UK graduates from 2017/18; this is a response rate of 61.6%


Most important activityPercentage of graduates
Paid work for an employer 88%
Self-employment/freelancing 1%
Running my own business 0%
Developing a creative, artistic or professional portfolio 0%
Voluntary/unpaid work for an employer 0%
Engaged in a course of study, training or research 3%
Taking time out to travel 3%
Caring for someone 1%
Retired 0%
Unemployed and looking for work 0%
Doing something else 3%

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

60 graduates, who reported as their main activity that they were in paid work for an employer 15 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.

Graduates entering non-Veterinary Practitioner roles entered the Civil Service as part of the Fast Stream graduate programme.

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.

Qualification typePercentage of graduates

Higher degree, mainly by research (e.g. PhD, DPhil, MPhil, MRes)


Higher degree, mainly by taught course (e.g. MA, MSc, MBA)


Postgraduate diploma or certificate (including PGCE/PGDE)


Professional qualification


Undergraduate degree (including integrated master’s degrees) (e.g. BA, BSc, MBChB, MEng)

Other undergraduate diploma or certificate not specified above 0%
Other qualification 0%
Not aiming for a formal qualification 0%

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