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We have been delivering exceptional training in veterinary medicine for over 227 years and our clinical facilities are second-to-none. You will benefit from an outstanding learning environment where you will gain practical experience in our on-campus hospitals, practices and farm. You will graduate ready to make a real difference in the veterinary profession.

Veterinary medicine is a strand-based course that 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 and professional 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.

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Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine
UCAS code: D100
The BVetMed programme offers world-leading scientific and clinical training in veterinary medicine. This exciting course builds on our extensive veterinary history, and takes a fresh approach in bringing together technological change, clinical and scientific progress, and stimulating teaching and learning methods.

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Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine with Intercalated Year
UCAS code: D101
This programme allows you to study the five-year BVetMed course plus an additional year completing an intercalated degree. The additional year of study means that you will gain a more rounded education, additional scientific context, and carry out in-depth research to better your understanding.

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Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine Graduate Accelerated
UCAS code: D102
The 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 course. The four-year programme enables you to supplement your existing skills, adding to the preclinical science information covered by a previous biological science degree.

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Veterinary Gateway
UCAS code: D190
This Veterinary Gateway course is aimed at students who want to study veterinary medicine but who might not otherwise meet our entry requirements. The programme integrates an additional preparatory year designed to equip you with the knowledge and skills you need to study veterinary medicine.

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Accreditation

The RVC is one of the few veterinary schools in the world that holds accreditations from the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) in the UK, the European Association of Establishments for Veterinary Education (EAEVE) in the EU, and the Council on Education of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) in the USA and Canada for our Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine (BVetMed) Programmes.

Furthermore, RCVS accreditation ensures RVC veterinary graduates are licensed to work in Ireland, Australia and New Zealand, as well as South Africa.

Rankings

...of BVetMed students are in work or further study at fifteen months after graduating (most recent Graduate Outcomes survey)

Ranked fifth in the world for veterinary science (ARWU 2021)

...of BVetMed students satisfied with the quality of their course (National Student Survey 2020)

...of delivering exceptional training in veterinary medicine

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