Veterinary Science

Our veterinary science degrees are widely accredited and offer access to state-of-the-art facilities and teaching informed by cutting-edge research.

Widely accredited

Our international accreditations will equip you for a range of diverse veterinary careers all over the world.

World-leading

Veterinary Science at Bristol is ranked 3rd in the UK and 13th in the world (Complete University Guide 2021; QS World University Rankings by Subject, 2021).

State-of-the-art facilities

Our Vet School campus is home to a small animal referral hospital, a modern dairy farm, wet labs and award-winning clinical skills laboratory.

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Veterinary Science at Bristol

We offer you a vibrant city experience, alongside a supportive and welcoming community at our rural Vet School campus. Here you will enjoy state-of-the-art facilities and immersion in animal science and welfare. Our students gave Veterinary Science a 97% overall satisfaction rating (NSS 2020).

Bristol Veterinary School has been training veterinary professionals for more than 60 years and you will receive a strong scientific education alongside exceptional professional skills training. 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.

You will be introduced to the integrated structure and function of healthy animals, followed by the mechanisms of disease and their clinical management.

Students have the opportunity to intercalate into another science course between years three and four.

The teaching staff are exceptionally skilled and passionate about what they do, which is very inspiring. Everyone is very friendly, accessible and welcoming. Bristol has provided me with many opportunities to explore my interests.

Monisha, BVSc Veterinary Science

Career prospects

93% of our veterinary science students are in work or further study within 15 months of graduation (DiscoverUni).

Veterinary science graduates are well prepared for a variety of careers in the veterinary field worldwide. With study robustly underpinned by science, our graduates are adept problem solvers, innovators and entrepreneurs.

Most of our graduates are employed in 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.

What our students do after graduating

Course structure

There are three routes to getting a Veterinary Science degree at Bristol.

Our Gateway to Veterinary Science degree is for UK students who have the potential to become vets but do not meet the academic entry criteria to apply directly to the 5 year BVSc Veterinary Science. Successful completion of the one-year Gateway programme allows students to progress onto the 5 year BVSs Veterinary Science degree.

Alternatively, the Accelerated Graduate Entry degree is a fast-track programme for science graduates, which enables completion of BVSc Veterinary Science in four years instead of five. This has a distinctive, student-led approach that sets the course apart from other graduate entry programmes in the UK. Teaching methods are tailored to the 4 ad 5-year programmes, while the subject areas covered are the same.

The first part of your programme will cover animal health sciences, covering anatomy, physiology and biochemistry. You will have hands-on experience of animal management from your first year.

Subsequently you will cover immunology, microbiology, parasitology and pharmacology followed by clinical management.

In your final year you will work alongside clinical staff and your peers to provide veterinary care for a wide range of species. Your final year also gives you the opportunity for elective study, allowing you to explore clinical work, research and industry.

EMS (extra mural studies) are mandatory for all veterinary programmes in the UK and you will undertake EMS throughout your programme including outside of term time. We have a dedicated EMS team who can support you in arranging your placements.

Accreditation

Our international accreditations will equip you for a range of diverse veterinary careers all over the world.

Our most recent American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) accreditation reinforces our position as a world leader in teaching and student experience, adding to Bristol's already impressive list of existing accreditations including:

  • 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

Our Veterinary Science degrees are widely accredited and offer access to state-of-the-art facilities and teaching informed by our cutting-edge research.

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 friendly and supportive Langford campus, where you will be taught in modern, on-site clinical facilities. These include a state-of-the-art small animal referral hospital, a modern dairy farm, brand new, purpose-built wet labs and an award-winning clinical skills laboratory. 

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.

Because they have studied the underpinning science, Bristol graduates are adept as problem solvers, innovators and entrepreneurs. Around one fifth of our students take the opportunity to intercalate into another science course between years three and four.

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

We are now accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), reflecting our position as a world leader in teaching and student experience. Alongside the Vet School's other accreditations, the AVMA accreditation means that graduates of our veterinary programmes have the opportunity to practise in multiple countries around the world.

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 their people.

How is this course taught and assessed?

The course is taught using a wide range of evidenced approaches. Practical classes are embedded from day one to develop clinical, animal handling and laboratory skills. Facilitated small- and large-group activities and directed self-education will develop your independent learning, teamwork 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.

What are my career prospects?

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.

Find out more about what our students do after graduating.

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