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 graduate, you will be able to register with the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons and begin your career.
Learn more about the top eight UK veterinary medicine schools below (Guardian University Guide 2022). If you wish to begin your application to study veterinary medicine in the UK, arrange a free consultation with SI-UK London today.
Top Eight UK Universities for Veterinary Medicine
1. University of Edinburgh
The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies at the University of Edinburgh was the highest ranked veterinary school in the UK in the Research Excellence Framework 2014 and is currently ranked the best in the UK by the Guardian University Guide.
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 and the School is fully accredited by the UK’s Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) and the American Veterinary Medical Association.
- Course to consider: BVMS (hons) Veterinary Medicine
2. University of Cambridge
Modern facilities in the Queen’s Veterinary School Hospital at the University of 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.
- Course to consider: Vet.M.B (hons) Veterinary Medicine
3. University of Nottingham
The School of Veterinary Science at the University of Nottingham ranked top of the National Student Survey (NSS) since its first graduating cohort in 2011, as well as being ranked 2nd in the UK for research power. In a recent Association of Veterinary Students survey, Nottingham was ranked first for career progression preparation, extra mural studies structure and student welfare.
- Course to consider: Veterinary Medicine and Surgery including a Gateway Year
4. University of Liverpool
The University of Liverpool Institute of Veterinary Science 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. The Institute was voted second for veterinary science in a recent national student survey of universities.
- Course to consider: BVSc (hons) Veterinary Science 1+5 year (Foundation route)
5. University of Glasgow
The University of Glasgow Veterinary School 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.
- Course to consider: BVMS veterinary Medicine & Surgery
6. University of Bristol
The Veterinary School at the University of Bristol currently offers three undergraduate degrees, one taught Masters programme and have been training veterinary professionals for over 50 years. In the School of Veterinary Sciences, academics are leaders in their field, whose research helps inform national policies that can lead to developments within veterinary practice.
- Course to consider: BVSc Veterinary Science: Accelerated graduate entry
7. University of Surrey
The School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Surrey is the UK's newest veterinary school, opening in 2015. State-of-the-art facilities worth £45m include a Veterinary Clinical Skills Centre, Veterinary Pathology Centre and modern lecture theatres and laboratories. In the National Student Survey 2019 the School achieved 100% student satisfaction and continues to go from strength-to-strength.
- Course to consider: BVMSci (Hons) Veterinary Medicine and Science
8. Royal Veterinary College
The Royal Veterinary College is the first veterinary school in the UK, and the only one worldwide, to achieve full accreditation by the European Association of Establishments for Veterinary Education (EAEVE) and the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). 86% of recent Veterinary Medicine students found work (or went on to further study) within six months of graduation.
- Course to consider: BVetMed (hons) Veterinary Medicine
Study Veterinary Medicine in the UK
If you need further advice about what is required to study Veterinary Medicine in the UK, arrange a free consultation in London today. Our international consultants can help you find the right course to study in the UK at foundation, undergraduate or postgraduate level.