How to apply for Veterinary Medicine (BVMS)

Thinking about applying to study veterinary medicine at the University of Central Lancashire? We have put together some guidance to help you with your application.

We recognise and value the importance and positive impacts of diversity within our Veterinary Medicine & Surgery (BVMS) programme, the wider university, and beyond.

Our BVMS programme welcomes applications from all students. Students who come from a wide variety of backgrounds and life experiences contribute a range of perspectives and problem-solving approaches that enhance the educational experience for everyone.

This page covers everything you need to know when applying for our BVMS programme, including:

  • How to apply
  • Admissions process
  • Personal statement
  • Reference
  • Interviews

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.

View our contextual admissions policy

Before you apply

Think clearly about why you want to study veterinary medicine and write a list of your reasons – it would be good to get these across in your application.

Where do you want to study? Whichever university you apply to, make sure you visit, talk to the students and have a good look around the campus and city – five years is a long time.

Things to think about

Other choices

You won’t be judged for your other university applications. It doesn’t matter if you also apply for a non-veterinary degree, as long as you can demonstrate a strong case for applying to veterinary medicine.

Taking a gap year

If you want to take a gap year then do so. You could further familiarise yourself with the various roles of veterinary surgeons, or develop your personal and professional attributes.

Your background

University selectors are not influenced by whether your parents are veterinary surgeons, or what type of school you come from. It is you they are interested in.

Be positive

Be positive about what you have to offer. If you get an interview, then be confident and relax; it’s your opportunity to show us why you would make a great veterinary surgeon and if you have any questions then don’t be shy to ask.

How to apply

UK applications are submitted via UCAS.

UK veterinary school applications are expected to be submitted by 15 October the year before entry (so if you’re applying for September 2023, you will need to submit your application by 15 October 2022).

International applications can be submitted via UCAS or directly via our online application form.

We accept direct international applications throughout the year but advise that you apply early so that we can process your application in good time.

The table below offers a step-by-step overview of the application process:

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Initial application assessment

Your application will be assessed against both academic and non-academic set criteria.

There are several stages to the admissions process:

Personal statement for BVMS

Your personal statement should be approached in the same way as a job application. You should use it to provide evidence that you possess the qualities required by a trainee veterinary surgeon. Instead of telling us what you think you're good at, provide examples of things you've done that demonstrate what you're good at and tell us what you’ve learned from your experiences and achievements.

Your personal statement should cover the following:

Reference for BVMS 

In your reference we want to know what the writer of the reference thinks about you as a whole person, not simply about your academic achievements and potential.

Your reference is likely to be written by your head teacher, college principal, head of year or form tutor.

The areas in which we require information from your referee are listed below: 

Alternative courses

Veterinary Medicine & Surgery (Foundation Entry), BVMS

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.

Bioveterinary Sciences (Foundation Entry), BSc (Hons)

Our Foundation programme in Veterinary Sciences is a ‘gateway’ course, giving you the opportunity to progress to our BSc (Hons) programmes and opening up the possibility of an exciting veterinary-related career.

Bioveterinary Sciences, BSc (Hons)

Delivered over just two years, our BSc (Hons) Bioveterinary Sciences accelerated programme provides a unique opportunity for you to gain a scientific degree, enhanced with clinical and research applications.

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