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Veterinary Science (BVSc)

NQUG Veterinary Science (BVSc) Code YD105

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Key Facts

YD105
  • UCAS Tariff

    144

  • Course Length

    5 Year

Further details on entry requirements

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This jointly hosted Bachelor of Veterinary Science (BVSc) degree offers you a unique opportunity to train at two world-leading scientific and educational institutions: the Royal Veterinary College (RVC) and Aberystwyth University.

This exciting new course combines the scientific and clinical expertise from both organisations to help students gain wide-ranging veterinary training, and it will be especially appealing to those interested in veterinary careers within Wales or in rural mixed practice.

UCAS code: D105

Institute code: RVET R84

Student Satisfaction and Employability Results

3rd in the UK for overall satisfaction for the subject of Agriculture (NSS 2021)

3rd in the UK for overall satisfaction for the subject of Microbiology and Cell Science (NSS 2021)

Top 5 in the UK for overall satisfaction for the subject of Animal Science (NSS 2021)

Top 10 in the UK for overall satisfaction for the subject of Ecology and Environmental Biology (NSS 2021)

Overview

Aberystwyth School of Veterinary Science is delivering the BVSc Veterinary Science degree in collaboration with the Royal Veterinary College (RVC). Aberystwyth University has been established since 1872, and for over a hundred years has been delivering innovative research in the Agriculture, Animal and Biological Sciences.

Established in 1791, The RVC is the UK’s largest and longest established independent veterinary school and is a member institution of the University of London. The RVC is ranked as the world’s number one veterinary school in the QS World University Rankings by subject, 2019.

The Bachelor of Veterinary Science degree, jointly hosted at both Aberystwyth University and the RVC offers you a chance to train at two world-leading institutions.


Accreditation

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. Aberystwyth University, the Royal Veterinary College 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 RCVS on this. The process takes a number of years as full approval cannot be considered until after the RCVS undertakes a formal inspection of the full course and its standards in 2026 when the first cohort of students will have completed their degrees. Until that time, both institutions are 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.


Practical and Clinical Teaching

Animal Husbandry Extra-Mural Studies (AHEMS)

AHEMS is undertaken during the first two years of the programme. 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 the third year of the course. To gain a stronger insight into Welsh veterinary needs, six weeks of these AHEMS will be performed in Wales.

Clinical Extra-Mural Studies (ClinEMS)

ClinEMS is the time dedicated to gaining practical clinical experience in the latter years of your veterinary science 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 diagnosis and management of animal diseases, enhance your practical clinical skills, and acquire greater understanding of how veterinary organisations operate.

During the third, fourth and fifth years you will undertake ClinEMS placements, totalling 26 weeks of placements. To gain a stronger insight into Welsh veterinary practices, 13 weeks of these ClinEMS will be performed in Wales.

Intramural clinical rotations

In the final two years of the course, your clinical experience will focus on:

• observation, discussion and practical experience as a clinical team member within the RVC hospitals, and in clinical enterprises in which the RVC is a collaborating partner

• during your time on rotations your learning and understanding will be complemented by a broad range of lectures, seminars and workshops.

Our Staff

The majority of teaching staff at the Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences are qualified to PhD level and are research active. Vocational courses also have staff whose background lies within industry.  The Institute has a large number of research only staff with whom students may have contact.

Modules

Please note: The modules listed below are those currently intended for delivery during the next academic year and may be subject to change. They are included here to give an indication of how the course is structured.

* Also available partially or entirely through the medium of Welsh

Course Details

Teaching is organised in strands. These strands are visited on multiple occasions, initially focusing on the healthy animal, and progressing through diseases of different systems, their investigation and management. There are also non-system strands that focus on the underpinning science and the impact of animal disease on public health.

In the first two years you will be based in the heart of Wales at Aberystwyth University, studying the biology underpinning veterinary sciences, acquiring basic farm animal, horse and companion animal handling and examination skills, developing your communication, problem solving and team working skills. Aberystwyth University has a long history of animal health teaching and research and is committed to educational excellence.

In your third, fourth and fifth years you will be based at the RVC’s Hawkshead Campus in Hertfordshire where you will acquire the advanced knowledge and practical skills in the clinical sciences necessary for you to become a registrable veterinarian. During this period your clinical training will be undertaken in a range of the RVC’s clinical facilities and affiliated veterinary practices as well as a specific rotation at Aberystwyth University focused on production animal issues relevant to Wales.

The RVC has three outstanding academic and clinical departments. Lecturers at Aberystwyth University and the RVC in each department are not only world-class researchers and clinicians who are passionate about their field; they are highly qualified teaching professionals. At Aberystwyth University, students will benefit from the extensive university farms, Lluest Equine Centre and other teaching facilities.

The strands making up the basis of teaching are as follows:

From first to the third year:

  • Principles of Science
  • Locomotor
  • Cardiovascular and respiratory
  • Urogenital: renal
  • Urogenital: reproduction
  • Alimentary system
  • Neurology and special senses
  • Lymphoreticular and haematopoietic
  • Skin
  • Population medicine and veterinary public health (PMVPH)
  • Scholarship evidence-based medicine.

During the fourth and fifth years:

The majority of teaching during the fourth and fifth years of the programme is in the form of clinical rotations, where you will work in small groups in a variety of clinical environments. 

Students participate in both intramural rotations and ClinEMS placements across species and disciplines. They will also undertake a research project of their choice.

Further programme specifications are available here.

Employability

The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) accredits UK veterinary degrees to ensure new veterinary surgeons are fit to practise on graduation, and thus eligible to join the RCVS Register as Members of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons. Only those individuals registered with the RCVS can call themselves veterinary surgeons and practise veterinary surgery in the UK. The RVC, Aberystwyth University and the RCVS are working closely together to ensure that our BVSc course meets the standards required for the RCVS to grant full accreditation in 2026 when the first cohort of students graduate.

Graduates develop an in-depth scientific knowledge that may be applied to a broad range of career pathways including the spectrum of clinical practices, veterinary and biomedical research, veterinary public health and food security, conservation medicine and a range of activities with government and veterinary-related industries. Additionally, having trained partially in Wales throughout the degree, graduates will be extremely well-suited to continue their career in Welsh practices and other veterinary institutions and employers.

How to Apply

Full information concerning our Entry Requirements are available on our Veterinary School webpages. Click here to find out more.

Full information regarding our English Language requirements are available on our Veterinary School webpages. Click here to find out more.

Work Experience

To apply for the BVSc 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), with at least 35 in large animal (excluding horse riding and horse ownership/family farm).

Change in work experience requirements for those applying for 2021 only.

We recognise that restrictions of movement and activity arising from the coronavirus pandemic might have a significant impact on applicants’ ability to satisfy the work experience requirements. Accordingly, for those applying for admission in 2021, the following will be required:

  1. 35 hours of work experience in one or more veterinary practices
  2. 35 hours of work experience outside of a veterinary practice, as described above.

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.

NB: references will need to be available ahead of interview; we strongly advise obtaining as you go. 

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 online link. Forms will not be sent to candidates. The link will be available 0900 on Thursday 8th October 2020.

https://www.rvc.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/applicant-supplementary-form-bvsc 

If you anticipate any difficulty meeting the 15th October deadline, please contact us on vet-info@aber.ac.uk

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 Aberystwyth University at a time to be confirmed.

Invited applicants will be required to bring to the interview their passport (in some cases, another valid form of photo ID will be acceptable), original certificates for their GCSEs and (if already completed) A Levels or equivalent qualifications and reference lettersto cover the minimum work experience requirements as stated above.

Learning & Teaching

Practical and Clinical Teaching

Animal Husbandry Extra-Mural Studies (AHEMS)

AHEMS is undertaken during the first two years of the programme. 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 the third year of the course. To gain a stronger insight into Welsh veterinary needs, six weeks of these AHEMS will be performed in Wales.

Clinical Extra-Mural Studies (ClinEMS)

ClinEMS is the time dedicated to gaining practical clinical experience in the latter years of your veterinary science 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 diagnosis and management of animal diseases, enhance your practical clinical skills, and acquire greater understanding of how veterinary organisations operate.

During the third, fourth and fifth years you will undertake ClinEMS placements, totalling 26 weeks of placements. To gain a stronger insight into Welsh veterinary practices, 13 weeks of these ClinEMS will be performed in Wales.

Intramural clinical rotations

In the final two years of the course, your clinical experience will focus on:

• observation, discussion and practical experience as a clinical team member within the RVC hospitals, and in clinical enterprises in which the RVC is a collaborating partner

• during your time on rotations your learning and understanding will be complemented by a broad range of lectures, seminars and workshops.

Typical Entry Requirements

UCAS Tariff 144

A Levels AAA to include Biology, Chemistry and one other subject

GCSE requirements (minimum grade C/4):
At least five GCSEs at grade A (7) including: • AA in Science (Double Award)/7-7 in Combined Science or Biology and Chemistry or Science and Additional Science. with at least a grade 6 (B) in: • Mathematics • Physics (if taken as a separate GCSE) and at least a grade 6 (B) in: • English Language or Welsh language, with at least a grade 4 (C) in the second language if both were taken

BTEC National Diploma:
D*D*D* Applied Science / Applied Science (Biomedical Science), to include distinctions in required units

International Baccalaureate:
Successful completion of IB Diploma with 666 at Higher Level to include Biology, Chemistry and one other subject

European Baccalaureate:
N/A

English Language Requirements:
See our Undergraduate English Language Requirements for this course. Pre-sessional English Programmes are also available for students who do not meet our English Language Requirements.

Country Specific Entry Requirements:
International students whose qualification is not listed on this page, can check our Country Specific Entry Requirements for further information.

The University welcomes applications from students studying the Access to Higher Education Diploma. Our inclusive admissions policy values breadth as well as depth of study. Applicants are selected on their own individual merits, and offers can vary. If you are studying a qualification not listed on this page, please get in touch with the Undergraduate Admissions Office for further advice. For further information, contact ug-admissions@aber.ac.uk

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