Veterinary Science

Bristol's veterinary science degrees will qualify you to practise as a veterinary surgeon through learning core competencies. They provide 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. You 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 is friendly and supportive.

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 school'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. Around a fifth 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?

Our BVSc Veterinary Science and BVSc Gateway to Veterinary Science degrees are accredited by the several professional bodies, opening up opportunities to practise as a vet around the world including the UK, EU, Australia and South Africa. As a new course, launched in 2019, the BVSc Veterinary Science: Accelerated Graduate Entry course is undergoing the normal process for accreditation with these same professional bodies. Accreditation is due in 2021 and should apply for all graduates of the course.

Our courses are also accredited by the American Veterinary Medicine Association (AVMA), allowing our graduates to practice in the U.S and Canada, subject to completion of the NAVLE exam.

  • The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS)
  • The European Association of Establishments for Veterinary Education (EAEVE)
  • The Australasian Veterinary Boards Council (AVBC)
  • The South African Veterinary Council

Veterinary science graduates are well prepared for a variety of careers in the veterinary field worldwide. 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.

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


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