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Veterinary Science (BVSc)

NQUG Veterinary Science (BVSc) Code YD105

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Key Facts

YD105
  • UCAS Tariff

  • Course Length

    5 Year

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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

95% of students agreed that staff are good at explaining things (NSS 2020).

Top 15 in the UK for Teaching Quality and Student Experience for the subject of Biological Sciences (The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019)

98% of our graduates were in work or further study within 6 months, 3% more than Biological Science graduates nationally, (HESA 2018*)

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.

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 registerable 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.

Employability

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.

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

A Levels

GCSE requirements (minimum grade C/4):

BTEC National Diploma:

International Baccalaureate:

European Baccalaureate:

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. Details about the country-specific qualifications the University accepts can be found on our country-specific pages. For further information, contact ug-admissions@aber.ac.uk

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