What students say about veterinary medicine
I am studying veterinary medicine, so the course is very challenging. We have on average 30 timetabled hours a week, which includes a mix of lectures, practicals and group work. The course is arranged into body systems based modules (e.g. 'musculoskeletal', 'urinary'), and I find the content very interesting and challenging. Assessment is predominantly by exams (online multiple choice, written short answer paper and practical assessments) in January and June. A few modules are partly assessed by coursework.2nd year, University of Nottingham
The course is very challenging and interesting with high lecture content that is complemented by many practical sessions. The facilities are good with a wide range of practical sessions available e.g. histology/ histopathology sessions, lab sessions, anatomy sessions and clinical skills. The only disadvantage is that student numbers in a practical session can be too large for each individual to be able to make full use of the facilities available e.g. number of histology slides and microscopes are limited.2nd year, University of Liverpool
I'm studying veterinary science - the course is pretty intense. I'd say it averages about 15 to 20 hours per week of lectures. We have lectures, histology sessions, dissections, the clinical skills lab and some practical visits. The course is very interesting and my first year has been challenging, but I'd say more because of the quantity rather than the actual content. Some of it has been a bit of a follow up on A-level biology and chemistry content.1st year, University of Liverpool
What you need to get on a course
Subjects you need
A-levels (or equivalent) usually required
Useful to have
Here's a guide to what to expect from the application process - also check individual university entry requirements, as these may differ.
- January application
- October application
- Personal statement
- Entry test
- Work experience
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- Health professionals
Longer term career paths
Jobs where this degree is useful
- Veterinary surgeon
- Veterinary investigation officer
- Research veterinarian
What employers like about this subject
Students taking a veterinary science or medicine degree can expect to learn skills in animal health and nutrition; the investigation, diagnosis and treatment of animal conditions; understanding of animal behaviour and the principles of animal welfare. You will also gain useful transferable skills such as good communication, problem-solving and decision-making skills. Most veterinary science graduates work in general practice, but they can also get jobs with a range of government directorates and inspectorates, with the Armed Forces and in natural sciences research for private companies or at universities.