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Veterinary Medicine & Surgery (with Foundation Year)

6 years
September 2024

Would you like to become a vet but don't have a science background? Open up the possibility of an exciting veterinary career with our gateway to veterinary medicine course.

Why study with us

  • A bespoke course preparing you to apply to veterinary school.
  • Integration of science with animal husbandry and welfare experiences.
  • Focus on personal development, academic skills and support with application preparation.

What you'll do

  • You’ll be embedded with the veterinary school with access to our newly developing teaching facilities.
  • You’ll be taught by the same academic team responsible for veterinary admissions and teaching.
  • You’ll be supported to develop your full potential regardless of your background.


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.

Contextual admissions for BVMS

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 whose life experiences may have resulted in academic challenges.

View our contextual admissions policy
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Our 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.

Meet the team

Dr Heather Bacon OBE
Dean of Veterinary Medicine
Iain Richards
Senior Lecturer - Animal Life
Dr Hettie Thomas
Senior Lecturer in Veterinary Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation Medicine
Dr Kayleigh Cook
Senior Veterinary Lecturer in Veterinary Clinical and Communications skills
Morven Webster
Lecturer in Veterinary Education
Natalie Harrison
Veterinary Education Lecturer
Dr Peter Holland
Director of Veterinary Partnerships
Dr Heather Cameron-Whytock
Senior Lecturer in Animal and Veterinary Sciences

Progression from your foundation year

Completing the foundation year (Year 0) of this programme does not guarantee automatic progression to Year 1 of our standard BVMS programme.

Fees and funding

First year£9,250 for the first year
Full-time£9,250 per year
First year£25,000 for the first 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.

Future career as a veterinary surgeon

This course is designed to prepare you for further study on our five-year Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine (BVMS). It also offers progression into other science and animal management careers. The course opens the door to apply for a range of health and science-related courses.

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

Partner college

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.


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

You can find regulations and policies relating to student life at the University of Central Lancashire on our student contract page