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Veterinary Medicine & Surgery

5 Years
September 2023
Campus Taught

Our exciting Bachelor Veterinary Medicine & Surgery (BVMS) degree has been developed to meet RCVS requirements. The BVMS course prepares you for a variety of veterinary careers.

Why study with us

  • Experience an immersive and practically-focused curriculum with clinical placements from Year 1. You'll be supported with a dedicated student well-being programme.
  • We offer contextual admissions. This is a reduced entry tariff for those who's life experience may have resulted in academic challenges.
  • Our new way of teaching uses digital technologies to deliver innovative face-to-face teaching. This means we don’t rely on traditional lectures.

How to apply for Vet Medicine

Need help with your application? We have put together some guidance with everything you need to know to apply for our BVMS.

View our BVMS applicant guide

What you'll do

  • You’ll focus on developing practical and professional veterinary skills.
  • You'll learn how to deal with ethical dilemmas. Applying your analytical and reasoning skills to a variety of real-life problems.
  • You’ll develop patient-centred clinical skills and communicate with colleagues and clients. Whilst learning how to improve the welfare of animals under your care.

Module overview

Course delivery

Following the pandemic, we have found that some courses benefit from a blended learning and teaching approach. Therefore, the majority of your teaching will be face-to-face on campus aside from a small amount of online teaching where we have learnt it works best.


Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of our published course information. However, our programmes are subject to ongoing review and development. Changing circumstances may cause alteration to, or the cancellation of, courses. Changes may be necessary to comply with the requirements of accrediting bodies or revisions to subject benchmarks statements. As well as to keep courses updated and contemporary, or as a result of student feedback. We reserve the right to make variations if we consider such action to be necessary or in the best interests of students.

Meet the team

BVMS Facilities

You’ll have access to a wide range of animal handling, husbandry and clinical facilities. We work in partnership with Myerscough College & University Centre as well as local and regional organisations. We're one of the first UK Universities to use Anatomage Tables in our Veterinary Medicine teaching.

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Contextual admissions

Widening participation is at the core of our mission. We firmly believe in helping people to seize every opportunity to flourish in education. We offer a reduced entry tariff for those who’s life experiences may have resulted in academic challenges.

Read about contextual admissions

Placement opportunities

We're one of the first UK universities to offer placements in Year One on our BVMS course. They're an excellent way to gain the real-world skills and experience you'll need to become a vet.

Discover placement opportunities

Future career as a Veterinary Surgeon

Graduates of the BVMS course will be able to work as UK registered veterinary surgeons. Subject to successful licensing by the RCVS.

The veterinary medicine and surgery degree will also prepare you for a range of science and research careers. As well as the opportunity for further academic study.

Entry Requirements

Applications must be made by the October UCAS deadline.

Fees and funding

Full-time£9,250 per year
Full-time£34,000 per year
Full-time£9,250 per year
Full-time£37,000 per year

Scholarships and bursaries

We have a wide range of bursaries, scholarships and funds available to help support you whilst studying with us.

Select your country to see eligibility information and how to apply by selecting more info on the cards below.

  • Care Leaver Bursary

    Our Care Leaver Bursary is for students who need extra support because they have been in care or are estranged from their parents.

    Find out more about Care Leaver Bursary
  • Estranged student support

    Estranged Student Support Bursary is for students who need extra support because they are estranged from their parents.

    Find out more about Estranged student support
  • Dependants Bursary

    Students with financially dependent children may be eligible for our Dependants Bursary as part of our financial support package. 

    Find out more about Dependants Bursary
  • Contextualised Admissions Bursary

    We recognise that the last two years have been very challenging for young people and learning has been impacted. To help support students eligible for a contextualised offer we are offering a bursary of £250 in their first year of study.

    Find out more about Contextualised Admissions Bursary

The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) quality assures veterinary degrees at UK vet schools by means of specific accreditation standards. Graduates from accredited schools join the RCVS Register as members. Allowing them to practise veterinary surgery in the UK.

The University of Central Lancashire and the RCVS are working together to ensure that the new degree meets these standards. And that graduates will be eligible for registration. Under the Veterinary Surgeons Act 1966, veterinary degrees must have a “recognition order” from the Privy Council before graduates can automatically be eligible for registration with the RCVS.

The Privy Council will take advice from the RCVS on this. The process takes a number of years. Full approval cannot be considered until the RCVS undertakes a formal inspection of the full course and its standards in 2028. This is when the first cohort of students will have completed their degrees.

Until that time, the School is liaising regularly with the RCVS to ensure that progress towards accreditation is maintained.

Should any unforeseen issues arise, the Veterinary Surgeons Act includes a provision to help ensure that those completing their final exams in an as-yet-unapproved degree may still be allowed to register. In that, the Privy Council may invite the RCVS to set examinations for any students attending a non-approved UK veterinary degree course. Or alternatively, appoint RCVS External Examiners to oversee the standard of the final year examinations. Students who pass the RCVS-controlled examinations would then be able to register with the RCVS and practise as veterinary surgeons in the UK. Regardless of the outcome of the degree’s accreditation process. This is in line with the arrangements for any new veterinary degree programmes.

Partner college

  • University Centre Myerscough is a TEF Gold winning land-based, science, engineering and sports-specialist institution based near Preston in Lancashire.

This course is based in the School of Veterinary Medicine

For information on possible changes to course information, see our essential and important course information

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