A Veterinary Medicine degree in the UK will give students an excellent base to begin their veterinary career, equipping them with the knowledge and ability to help with the surgical treatment and care of animals. Transferable skills will also see graduates move into food safety, research and pharmaceuticals sectors.
A typical Veterinary Medicine undergraduate degree lasts five years, and modules generally cover anatomy and physiology, animal husbandry, microbiology, public health, parasitology and pathology. The program's first two years are classed as the foundation phase, with the third and fourth clinical and fifth professional.
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The number of places available to study Veterinary Medicine each year is limited, and the application procedure is extremely competitive. In 2014, Edinburgh received approximately 2,150 applications for 190 Home/EU places and 500 overseas applications for 17 places, meaning there is about one place for every 14 Home/EU applicants and one place for every 42 overseas applicants.
Veterinary Medicine graduates are in demand and will move into private animal welfare practices and work at charities, laboratories, abattoirs and within the public health sector. If a student chooses to continue studying at postgraduate level, careers can be forged in more specialist areas of the profession.
Source: The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019.
Please note that entry requirements vary for each UK university.
To learn more about the best Veterinary Medicine courses in the UK, find details on the top ranking Veterinary Science universities in the Guardian University Guide 2023 below:
The average length of a full-time veterinary medicine degree in the UK is five years. However, if you already have an undergraduate degree in a related field, you may be eligible to enrol in a four-year graduate entry veterinary degree program.
The Royal Dick School of Veterinary Studies at the University of Edinburgh is the top ranked veterinary school in the UK. The most recent Research Excellence Framework also ranked the school first among all UK veterinary schools.
To be eligible for a veterinary medicine degree, you will typically need A-level biology and two other subjects. The range for entry level requirements go from BBC to A*AA, with most universities requesting AAA. Furthermore, you will also need five GCSEs (A-C), including PCB, English, and maths (optional).
The average starting salary for a vet in the United Kingdom is £33,838 per year, while the average salary for experienced veterinarians is £63,967 per year. Vets in the UK make an average of £45,000 per year or £23.08 per hour.
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