BVetMed Graduate Accelerated
The Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine (BVetMed) programme is renowned throughout the world for its rigour and excellence, and if you are already a graduate or in your final year of a biological sciences degree, you can apply for the Graduate Accelerated programme.
The four-year programme enables you to supplement your existing skills, adding to the preclinical science information covered by a previous biological science degree. On this course, you will complete an introductory graduate transition year, where you will study the principles of animal form and function, infections and responses, and animal husbandry. On completion of the transition year, you will be fast-tracked on to the BVetMed course at the start of the third year.
The Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine course is delivered across both of our campuses. If you are studying the Graduate Accelerated programme, you will be primarily based at our Hawkshead Campus.
“Veterinary medicine combines the perfect mix of problem solving, hands on work, a continuously advancing field and the possibility of working with a variety of species in a single day. The opportunities to work outdoors and play with cute baby animals are an added bonus!
“My favourite part of the Graduate Accelerated course is the practical-heavy style of teaching. As a hands-on learner, being in the dissection room, histology labs and on the farm multiple times a week was vital to my understanding of the material we were taught in lectures.
"Studying veterinary medicine is not an easy task, but if it’s what you love, in a place you love, you’re bound to have an amazing time.”
Dylan Yaffy, Graduate Accelerated Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine
We were the first veterinary school in the world 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). Currently we hold full recognition or accreditation from RCVS, AVBC and AVMA and conditional from EAEVE.
What does this mean for you? It means that when you graduate in veterinary medicine at the RVC, you will be qualified to practise in Europe, North America and many Asian and African countries, as well as Australia and New Zealand – a real advantage for those looking to develop an international career.
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Our BVetMed programme and graduate transition year follows a ‘spiral’ curriculum. This means that key concepts are presented repeatedly to you as you progress through the course, at deepening levels of complexity and in different contexts.
The progression of knowledge and understanding from preclinical basic concepts to clinical knowledge and reasoning skills is achieved by revisits to each strand at different stages of the course.
For example, when learning about the kidney, you will learn basic anatomy and physiology during the preclinical phase of the course and then learn about the common diseases of the kidney and how they are diagnosed and treated during the clinical phase. This is then enriched by working with animal patients presented with kidney disease in our first opinion and referral hospitals, or other practices, during clinical rotations and extra-mural rotations.
In Year 4 and 5 of the course, you will undertake intramural clinical rotations. These rotations will focus on:
- Observation, discussion and practical experience as a member of the clinical team in the College’s hospitals, and in clinical enterprises in which the College is a collaborating partner
- Placements in veterinary practices
- Attendance at lectures, seminars and workshops
- Completion of a major research project
- Extra-mural studies - Principles of animal form and function - Animal husbandry - Infections and responses - Alimentary - Population medicine and veterinary public health - Reproduction - Cardiovascular and respiratory - Skin - Locomotor - Neurology and special senses - Lymphoreticular and haemopoietic - Principles of science - Professional studies - Intramural clinical rotations - Lymphoreticular and haemopoietic - Urogenital: renal - Endocrine - Population medicine and veterinary public health - Rotation preparation - Professional studies - Intramural clinical rotations AHEMS placements are designed to help you consolidate your learning about animal husbandry, develop animal handling skills and learn about animal industries. You must complete 12 weeks of AHEMS before entry to Year 3 of the course, comprising: A maximum of six weeks of previous animal husbandry experience towards the 12 week AHEMS requirement can be submitted for approval prior to entry on to the course. This experience is limited to activities completed within the 24 months leading up to the start of the course. ClinEMS is the time dedicated to gaining practical clinical experience in the latter years of your veterinary medicine programme to support your learning and clinical experience. ClinEMS will allow you to gain experience in a variety of different clinical and other veterinary-related organisations where you will consolidate your learning about diagnoses and management of animal diseases, enhance your practical clinical skills and acquire greater understanding of how veterinary organisations operate. You will undertake ClinEMS placements in your third and fourth years of the programme, totalling 26 weeks of placements.
Year 1 (Graduate Transition Year)
Animal Husbandry Extra-Mural Studies (AHEMS)
Clinical Extra-Mural Studies (ClinEMS)
- Extra-mural studies
- Principles of animal form and function
- Animal husbandry
- Infections and responses
- Population medicine and veterinary public health
- Cardiovascular and respiratory
- Neurology and special senses
- Lymphoreticular and haemopoietic
- Principles of science
- Professional studies
- Intramural clinical rotations
- Lymphoreticular and haemopoietic
- Urogenital: renal
- Population medicine and veterinary public health
- Rotation preparation
- Professional studies
- Intramural clinical rotations
AHEMS placements are designed to help you consolidate your learning about animal husbandry, develop animal handling skills and learn about animal industries. You must complete 12 weeks of AHEMS before entry to Year 3 of the course, comprising:
A maximum of six weeks of previous animal husbandry experience towards the 12 week AHEMS requirement can be submitted for approval prior to entry on to the course. This experience is limited to activities completed within the 24 months leading up to the start of the course.
ClinEMS is the time dedicated to gaining practical clinical experience in the latter years of your veterinary medicine programme to support your learning and clinical experience.
ClinEMS will allow you to gain experience in a variety of different clinical and other veterinary-related organisations where you will consolidate your learning about diagnoses and management of animal diseases, enhance your practical clinical skills and acquire greater understanding of how veterinary organisations operate.
You will undertake ClinEMS placements in your third and fourth years of the programme, totalling 26 weeks of placements.
This course is delivered through whole-class lectures, small group tutorials, group work in directed learning classes, computer-assisted learning, demonstrations, practical work in laboratory and dissection classes, practical classes utilising live animals, directed and self-directed reading, directed and self-directed practice in the Clinical Skills Centre, self-evaluation, animal husbandry placements, placements in veterinary practices, and production of project reports.
Outside of your timetabled lectures and practical sessions, you are expected to undertake self-directed learning. Typically, this involves reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking research in the library, preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for examinations.
The RVC has three outstanding academic and clinical departments. Lecturers in each department are not only world-class researchers and clinicians who are passionate about their field; they are highly qualified teaching professionals. All RVC students are assured teaching of the highest standard.
Assessment and feedback
In the final year of your course, your assessment will comprise:
- Assessment of knowledge, problem solving and professional behaviour on clinical rotations
- Examination of practical skills through OSCEs (objective structure clinical examinations)
- Completion of a 4000-word research project
- Written examination testing clinical and professional decision making
You will need to fulfil our requirements in each of the following areas to be considered for interview.
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.
The standard 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
- Biological Sciences
- Biomedical Sciences
- Bioveterinary Sciences
- Veterinary Nursing
We also welcome applicants with MBBS degrees, and candidates from any of the RVC's BSc programmes.
Animal Science is a broad discipline and can vary greatly in content. We are happy to accept courses that are heavily science-based; we would advise those studying this 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/agricultural degrees or certain specialised degrees can be too narrow or not scientific enough for D102; we are very happy to check these for you and advise further.
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.
Please note: If you will not be able to provide confirmation of degree award by late-August in the year following application, you will not be considered for a place. This includes if you later need to re-sit/delay your studies during your final year.
GCSEs (only in addition to a degree)
Applicants must have a grade C or above in:
All candidates applying via UCAS must declare their secondary school/high school grades in their application.
International and EU applicants
North American College Students
Graduates/Seniors from US or Canadian universities must apply through the VMCAS application system and not through UCAS. The application deadline is 15 September 2021.
We look for both an Overall GPA and Science GPA of at least 3.4 but all applications are given due consideration.
Students with two to three years of pre-vet can be considered for the five-year programme depending on the content studied and performance.
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.
Required at upper level (e.g. 300-400 level):
- At least 9 upper-level semester credits in Biology/Biological Science. Examples include but are not limited to, 300+ or equivalent in the following: Immunology, Anatomy/Physiology, Parasitology, Histology, advanced Microbiology or advanced Genetics.
Also required (3 semester credits each):
- Biology (e.g. Principles of Biology, Introductory Biology)
- Organic Chemistry
Where your institution uses a different credit system and you're not sure of the conversion/equivalencies, feel free to contact us in advance of application. Canadian universities: where classes are typically 3 credits or 0.5 credits, these are directly convertible to the equivalent of 4 semester credits as above.
Where your institution works on a quarter-credit system, the typical requirement would be 6 quarter credits per 4 semester credit requirement.
VMCAS Supplementary Form
VMCAS applicants are also required to complete a supplementary form, available here, by the the deadline of 15 September 2021.
[Please note the RVC does not require the GRE or any other external entry exam.]
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 or higher. 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 a transcript or a link to the course page of your degree(s) to firstname.lastname@example.org ahead of application.
All students (except North American college students) should apply through UCAS.
Note: International 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.
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 70 hours (e.g. 10 full days) of work experience (paid or voluntary) in one or more veterinary practices
- A total of 70 hours in one or more non-clinical working environments with live animals (excl. the home environment/family business/pet ownership).
The above 140 hours must be obtained within the 18-month period directly preceding the application deadline. Earlier experience is welcome but will not count towards the 140 hour 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 suitable non-clinical 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 for those applying in September/October for 2022 entry only
We appreciate that, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, some applicants who are planning to apply in September/October 2021 may have experienced difficulties in obtaining the level of work experience we normally require prior to application. Therefore, for those applying in the 2021/22 application cycle only, the following principles will apply:
Prior to application, all applicants must have completed the following:
- A total of 35 hours of work experience (paid or voluntary) in either one or more veterinary practice or one or more non-clinical working environment. All prior experience completed will be considered towards the total 35 hour requirements at point of application, including any that is over 18 months old.
By 31 July 2022, all applicants will be required to have fulfilled the following requirements:
- A total of 70 hours (e.g. 10 full days) of work experience (paid or voluntary) in one or more veterinary practices – one week of which must have been obtained within 30 months of the course start date.
- A total of 70 hours in one or more non-clinical working environments with live animals
Applicants with less than 35 hours at the point of application will not be considered. Where an applicant has completed less than the 70 hours clinical and 70 hours non-clinical hours, it will be a condition of any offer of a place to achieve these by the 31 July 2022 deadline.
Work experience: Applicant Supplementary Form
All applicants applying through UCAS must complete the online Applicant Supplementary Form by 15 October 2020. This must be completed via the link; forms will not be sent to candidates.
All applicants to this course must attend an interview if invited and cannot receive an offer without attending an interview. All UK interviews for this course will be held in December (US interviews to be held in November/December and Asian interviews to be held in December/January). Our interview plans are still evolving and therefore interviews may be held either virtually or in person. If invited, it is often not possible to rearrange an interview for a different date, so applicants must ensure they are available for interview before applying and inform us by email of any specific days within this time period when they are unavailable
All applicants invited to interview will need to provide their passport (in some cases another valid form of ID will be acceptable), original degree certificate (if already completed) and reference letters (see example) to cover the minimum work experience requirements as stated above.
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. Please see our English Language Requirements page for a list of qualifications we accept as alternatives.
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 practise 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
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. Some of the USA’s major veterinary employers recruit actively among our final year students. Please note, however, that you will still be required to sit the North American Veterinary Licensing Examination (NAVLE) if you intend to work in North America after qualifying, as you would if qualifying from a US vet school.
The tuition fees for students commencing the course in 2021/22 are as follows:
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Island Fees (Channel Islands & Isle of Man)
The UK Government has confirmed that EU/EEA and Swiss national students who have started an eligible course in the 2020/21 academic year or earlier academic years remain eligible to pay the “home” rate of tuition fees and claim any financial support for which they are currently eligible for the duration of that course.
EU/EEA and Swiss national students starting studies in the 2021/22 academic year or later academic years may no longer be eligible to pay the “home” rate of tuition fees and claim any financial support for their studies - but this depends on your personal circumstances (including immigration status and residence history in the UK) and UK government rules which are currently being developed. For further information on this emerging situation, please visit UK Council for International Affairs Brexit pages.
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.
- For Sandwich/ Placement year fees for UK, EU and international students see link
- Students from countries outside the 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
- UK and EU student considering studying on the BVetMed Graduate Accelerated or the BVetMed as a second degree are entitled to a variable means tested living cost loan and RVC bursary. Please see Maintenance Loan and RVC Bursary.
- Please note BVetMed Graduate Accelerated and students studying BVetMed as a second degree are not eligible for tuition fee loans so please consider how you will pay the tuition fees for each year before enrolling.
The following course-related costs are included in the fees:
- Student membership of the British Veterinary Association for course duration
- Access to books and journals essential to your course (print and digital)
- Open access and bookable IT equipment such as PCs and laptops
- Largely paperless curriculum plus £10 p.a. printing allowance
Annual membership of College gym (both campuses)
The following course-related costs are not included in the fees:
- Specialist clothing and equipment c£600
- Travel to AHEMS and EMS placements
- Some AHEMS and EMS placements will also require students to pay for board and lodging
- Travel to tracking rotations
Accommodation and living costs are not included in the fees. Our Housing Advice pages provide further information on College and private housing.
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.
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.