Veterinary Medicine studies in the UK


Studying a veterinary medicine course in the UK will equip graduates with the knowledge and ability to help with the surgical treatment and care of animals.

Veterinary medicine shares much in common with regular medicine programmes, and students will find a large degree of crossover in terms of modules and topics covered. Courses generally last five years and once you pass the course, you will be able to register with the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons and begin your career.

There are only seven UK institutions which cover veterinary medicine, and you can learn more about each of them below.

Veterinary Medicine courses in the UK

University of Bristol

  • Currently offer three undergraduate degrees and one taught Masters programme
  • Training veterinary professionals for over 50 years

University of Cambridge

  • Modern facilities in the Queen’s Veterinary School Hospital at Cambridge include a five-theatre small animal surgical suite, a fully-equipped intensive care unit and an equine surgical suite and diagnostic unit, with an MRI machine capable of imaging standing horses
  • Small animals, farm animals and horses are housed on-site to provide continual opportunities to consolidate your animal handling skills. The nearby University Farm also allows all students to become involved in lambing and dairy management

University of Edinburgh

  • The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies was highest ranked veterinary school in the UK in the Research Excellence Framework 2014
  • Extra-Mural Studies placements allow students to further practice their animal handling and clinical skills, as well as increasing their confidence, increasing their work experience and providing a valuable insight into the real world of work

University of Glasgow

  • The University is one of only four Vet Schools in Europe to have achieved accredited status for its undergraduate programmes from the American Veterinary Medical Association.
  • In the 2016 National Student Survey, the School of Veterinary Medicine was voted number 1 in the UK for Veterinary Science

University of Liverpool

  • Has two on-site working farms as well as two referral hospitals, and three first opinion practices, enabling undergraduates to gain valuable hands-on experience of all aspects of veterinary practice
  • Was voted Number 2 for veterinary science in a recent national student survey of universities!

University of Nottingham

  • Ranked third in the UK for veterinary science by the Guardian 2017 league table
  • In the 2016 Association of Veterinary Students survey, Nottingham was ranked first for career progression preparation, extra mural studies structure and student welfare

Royal Veterinary College

  • The RVC, University of London, is the first veterinary school in the UK, and the only one world-wide, to achieve full accreditation by the European Association of Establishments for Veterinary Education (EAEVE) and the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and full recognition by the UK’s Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS)
  • 86% of our recent Veterinary Medicine students found work (or went on to further study) within six months of graduation

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