What is the Graduate Accelerated BVetMed Programme?

The RVC's Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine (BVetMed) is an internationally recognised, highly accredited degree that will qualify you to practice as a veterinarian and will open doors to a wealth of career opportunities around the world.

The Graduate Accelerated BVetMed (D102) is a fast-track programme designed for graduates who already hold (or expect to obtain in the current year) a degree in a biological sciences-based subject (minimum upper second class honours). On successful completion of the introductory graduate year, you will enter the BVetMed full-time programme at the start of year three, leading to completion of the BVetMed in a total of four years.

The Royal Veterinary College is the first veterinary school in the UK, and one of the only worldwide, to achieve full accreditation by the European Association of Establishments for Veterinary Education (EAEVE) and the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and full recognition by the UK's Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS), as well as a reciprocal arrangement between the RCVS and the Australasian Veterinary Boards Council Inc (AVBC). This status is recognised throughout the world and qualifies our graduates to practice in Europe, North America and countries such as Australia and New Zealand - a real advantage for those looking to develop an international career.

The course is split between our Camden (London) and Hawkshead (Hertfordshire) campuses. As well as studying the latest theory and practice, you can expect plenty of practical ‘hands on’ experience, taught by leading experts in their field. The result is a unique degree course that will equip you for life for a range of careers in veterinary medicine and beyond.

Our students come from many different schools, backgrounds and countries, all sharing common goals – a strong ambition to succeed in the veterinary field and a passion for animal welfare. We welcome applications from all individuals with great potential and the dedication to commit to the course and succeed in the veterinary profession. We demand high levels of motivation and, in return, promise a rich and rewarding experience during your time with us.

What will I learn?

During the programme you will learn, among other things:

  • An understanding of the basic biological principles of normal body function and disease
  • The ability to distinguish the pathological from the normal
  • The ability to prevent disease and safely manage the processes of animal production
  • The expertise to diagnose and treat disease and alleviate suffering
  • The professional skills you need to work and communicate effectively with your colleagues and the public
  • Critical business and communication skills
  • To be a lifelong learner - an essential attribute in a rapidly changing world.

All of this is designed to produce practicing veterinary surgeons with the knowledge and skills to make a significant contribution to animal health and welfare.

Programme delivery

Veterinary medicine is first and foremost a scientific discipline, but wherever possible the science will be presented in the context of its clinical relevance, so you have a clear understanding of where it all leads.

Our course offers a wide range of stimulating teaching and learning methods designed to equip you with the confidence and skills for a fulfilling career in veterinary medicine. You'll be taught by some of the UK's most prominent veterinary scientists in an environment of cutting-edge veterinary research. Sessions will include:

  • Clinical skills development
  • Directed learning sessions
  • Dissections
  • Lectures
  • Tutorials (some of which involve live animals)
  • Practical classes (in the laboratory and at our working farm)
  • Practical experience
  • Research projects (as coursework)
  • Work experience placements

Course content and structure

You will begin your course with an intensive one-year programme (Transitional Year), which will provide you with a veterinary-orientated approach to basic sciences together with the animal handling skills necessary to enter the standard BVetMed programme. Once you have successfully completed this transitional year, and have passed tests in animal handling, you will enter the BVetMed course at the start of Year Three. The final three years of the course are common to all students studying for the BVetMed degree.

We teach the curriculum from a comparative perspective. We use only one or two species – primarily the dog – to illustrate many aspects of the basic and clinical sciences, but we teach so that you will learn principles that can be applied to other common species.

In the more clinical parts of the course, much of the teaching will focus on common cases that you will encounter in veterinary practice, and on cases that will help you to understand the most important clinical principles. Teaching of Special Species (exotics, wildlife, birds, fish, etc.) is integrated into the mainstream teaching of body systems.

For further details of the course content and assessment methods download the Course Outline (Programme Specification).

RVC INSIDER:

"Being on a first name basis with your professors creates a safe and inviting learning environment."

--Jonnel Johnson, Acc BVetMed student

You will need to fulfil our requirements in each of the following areas to be considered for interview.

UCAS applicants:

Note: In order to be considered for the 5-year BVetMed programme (D100), you will need to make a separate application specifically to that programme. You are welcome to apply to both versions of the course (D100 and D102) but note this will take up two of your choices on UCAS. You are able to apply to up to four veterinary medicine or medicine programmes on UCAS.  

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Academic qualifications

The minimum academic requirements for entry to the BVetMed Accelerated Programme are outlined below.

Degree (in addition to GCSEs)

At least an upper second class (2:1) honours degree in an appropriate biological science subject such as, but not exclusive to:

  • Anatomical Sciences
  • Animal Science*
  • Biochemistry
  • Biological Sciences
  • Biology
  • Biomedical Sciences
  • Bioveterinary Sciences
  • Physiology
  • Veterinary Nursing
  • Zoology

We also welcome applicants with MBBS degrees, and candidates from the Royal Veterinary College's BSc Biological Sciences (Animal Behaviour, Welfare & Ethics) and MSci Wild Animal Biology programmes.

*Animal Science outside of the UK can vary greatly in content and thus we would advise those studying this abroad to check with Admissions before applying.

Where your degree is not listed, we would recommend emailing Admissions with a copy of your transcript or link to your course page prior to applying. Science degrees that specialise in particular species or body systems, applied science degrees or biological sciences that err away from human or animal science, such as Marine Biology, Forensic Science, Ecology, Equine Science or Dentistry are often too specialist for D102, although we are happy to check these for you and/or offer further advice.

There are no specific A Level requirements for this programme. However, successful applicants will be studying alongside students who typically have A Level Biology and Chemistry and an understanding of topics covered in these qualifications may be expected at points in the course.

GCSEs (only in addition to a degree)

Applicants must have grades C or above in:

  • English Language

  • Mathematics

All candidates applying via UCAS must declare their secondary school/high school grades in their application.

International and EU applicants

College Students from North America

Graduates from North America must apply through the VMCAS application system and not through UCAS, and should note the earlier application deadline of 15 September 2017.

Applicants are normally final year degree students although students with two years of pre-vet can be considered for the five-year programme. We look for a GPA of at least 3.4 but all applications are given due consideration.

Applicants in the final year of their degree or graduates will normally be considered initially for the Graduate Accelerated BVetMed provided they have taken an appropriate Biological Sciences based degree. Applicants at the pre-interview or post-interview stage who are unsuccessful in gaining a place on the four year programme may be considered for our five year BVetMed programme.

Prerequisite classes:

Required at upper level (e.g. 300-400 level):

  • At least 8 upper-level semester credits in Biology/Biological Science. Examples include but are not limited to: Immunology, Anatomy/Physiology, Parasitology, Histology, Microbiology or Genetics. 

Also required (4 semester credits each):

  • Biology (e.g. Principles of Biology, Introductory Biology)
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Anatomy/Physiology
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Biochemistry

Where your institution typically offers 3-credit classes, we would encourage you to apply and we will use our discretion when assessing your application.

Where your institution works on a quarter-credit system, your transcript will normally provide you with a conversion but the typical requirement would be 7 quarter credits per 4 semester credit requirement. 

GRE

The GRE general test is also required. The scores must be available to the College by 15 September 2017. The GRE RVC institution code is '3207 – Royal Veterinary College VMCAS'.

Supplementary Form

VMCAS applicants will also be required to complete this supplementary form, the deadline for which is also 15 September 2017. 

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International and EU applicants (excluding North America)

We welcome applications from graduates with European or International qualifications where their degrees are equivalent to a UK BSc (Hons) Second Class Upper Division. Candidates must meet the entry requirements by means of the prescribed qualifications listed or other acceptable alternative qualifications. For advice on the acceptability of your qualifications, please send details of your degree(s) to admissions@rvc.ac.uk 

All students (except North American college students) should apply through UCAS.

NoteInternational applicants already holding a Veterinary Medicine degree who are seeking to practise in the UK are not eligible to apply for this course and should refer to the registration department of the RCVS

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Work experience

To apply for the BVetMed you will need to have prior work experience in order to have developed animal handling skills and obtained an insight into the work of veterinary surgeons. Before you apply, you must have completed the minimum requirements:

  • A total of two weeks of work experience (paid or voluntary) in one or more veterinary practices
  • A total of two weeks in a variety of different animal environments (excl. your home environment/family business/pet ownership).

The above four weeks must be obtained within the 18-month period directly preceding the application deadline. Earlier experience is welcome but will not count towards the four week requirement.

We encourage you to think creatively about these environments and are interested to hear about any experiences that have helped to give you a sense of the veterinary role in the wider world. Examples of such environments might include, but are not limited to: kennels, cattery, animal shelter, rural or city farm, stables, pet shop, lambing, intensive livestock, abattoir, animal research laboratory, wildlife park, zoo, etc. You do not have to have gained experience in all these areas.

> Work experience questionnaire

All applicants (except North American students applying through VMCAS) must complete the online work experience questionnaire by 15 October 2017. This must be completed via the link; forms will not be sent to candidates.

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Interviews

All applicants to this course must attend an interview if invited and cannot receive an offer without attending an interview. Interviews will be held at our Camden campus between the end of November and early-mid December and all applicants must ensure they are available during this time before applying, with the exception of those attending interviews in North America (November) or South-East Asia (early January). 

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English language requirements

  • IELTS (Academic) score of 7.0 or above with minimum 6.5 in each component

All applicants must have an acceptable English Language qualification, many of which are listed under 'Academic qualifications' above. Please see our English Language Requirements page for a list of qualifications we accept as alternatives.

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How are applications assessed?

We have put together a document with advice on our process of selecting Veterinary Medicine students, from initial screening of applications through to making offers post-interview. This can be downloaded here.

What will I be able to do with my qualification?

You will be entitled to practice as a veterinarian as soon as you have earned your BVetMed degree and registered as a Member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS).

Our graduates go on to enjoy a wide range of careers in veterinary medicine, including positions in:

  • Small animal practices
  • Mixed practices
  • Equine practices
  • Farm/livestock environments
  • Wild animal environments
  • Wildlife conservation
  • Military support
  • Industry
  • Research
  • Government
  • Academia

Global careers

The RVC's accreditation status with the European Association of Establishments for Veterinary Education (EAEVE) and the reciprocal arrangement between the RCVS and the Australasian Veterinary Boards Council Inc (AVBC) allows BVetMed graduates to register to practise in Europe, Australia and New Zealand without requiring any further qualifications.

In addition, the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) will recognise your degree as equivalent to those awarded by veterinary colleges in the United States. The RVC is the only English veterinary school accredited by the AVMA, and this gives you a unique advantage. Some of the USA’s major veterinary employers recruit actively among our final year students. Please note, however, that you will be required to sit the North American Veterinary Licensing Examination (NAVLE) if you intend to work in North America after qualifying. 

The tuition fees for students commencing the course in 2016/17 are as follows:

UK/EU Tuition FeesInternational Fees

Island Fees (Channel Islands & Isle of Man)

£9,250 £33,000 £21,870

  • BVetMed Graduate Accelerated UK and EU students are only entitled to a variable means tested living cost loan, please see Maintenance Loan
  • Please note  BVetMed Graduate Accelerated students are not eligible for tuition fee loans, grants and RVC bursaries.

  • Tuition fee amounts are subject to increase each academic year, please be aware of this when making your calculations and planning how much money you will require.
  • Tuition Fees for Old regime1 students studying Sandwich/ Placement year will be £1,733    
  • Tuition Fees for New regime2 students studying Sandwich/ Placement year will be £1,032  
  • Tuition Fees for 2016 entrants students studying Sandwich/ Placement year will be £1,800  
  • North American students are reminded that Placement year programme does not confer eligibility for Federal Students Aid!
  • Students from countries outside the European Union (EU) who wish to undertake full-time study at the RVC are required to pay the international fee for their programme of study (please see Fee status section).
  • Information on Fees & Funding for existing students can be found here

  1. Old regime - Students who started their current course of study at a UK institution before September 2012 (2012/13 academic year)
  2. New regime - Students who started their current course of study at a UK institution from September 2012 to September 2015 academic year

Funding Options

Bank Of England Scholarship Programme

Bank of England Scholarship for new students starting a full-time undergraduate degree in September 2017 from a black or mixed African/Caribbean background.

Bank of England in partnership with Windsor Fellowship

If you're from a black or mixed African/Caribbean background and are looking for financial support whilst at university, our scholarship programme may be for you.

It’s a great way to experience our fascinating work as a central Bank in a collaborative and inclusive environment. The programme will provide you with:

Up to £30,000 to support living costs during your undergraduate degree.

• Paid summer internships.

Mentoring, coaching and support from a member of our team.

The programme is open to students who are eligible to work and study in the UK, with at least 260 UCAS points and a household income below £50,000. You must be planning to start a full-time undergraduate degree in Autumn 2017.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: 26th February 2017

To find out more, and to see the full eligibility criteria, visit:
bankofenglandearlycareers.co.uk/our-programmes

Canadian Student Loans

The Royal Veterinary College is not involved in processing your application for a loan, however we can confirm your student status; please direct your queries to the Financialaidoffice@rvc.ac.uk

For an overview of the financial aid process for Canadian students, please visit the Campus Access website

Students should apply through their provincial student assistance office or website. When you apply for a loan, you are considered for funding by both the Provincial and Federal Government, meaning you only have to apply once for funding for the year. Federal loans are processed via the National Student Loans Service Centre and provincial loans through the provincial governments and student aid branches.

Singaporean Veterinary Medicine Scholarships

 The Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA) is offering a scholarships for students from Singapore.

USA Student Loans

The RVC participates in the Direct Loan Program in which federal financial assistance is made available from the US Department of Education to US students studying at the RVC. The purpose of this page is to inform you about the process of applying for financial assistance.

The RVC College will originate Direct Stafford loans and Direct Graduate and Parent PLUS loans and full-time students from the USA who are attending at the RVC are normally eligible for funding. The RVC also participates in the VA Educational Benefits programme.

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