Veterinary Medicine & Surgery

VETERINARY MEDICINE & SURGERY

As a vet you will be responsible for the prevention of disease and for the medical and surgical treatment of animals including household pets, zoo animals, farm animals and horses.

The University is one of only four Vet Schools in Europe to have achieved accredited status for its undergraduate programmes from the American Veterinary Medical Association.

Programme structure

The BVMS programme is based on integration of clinical and science subject areas and has a spiral course structure meaning that you will revisit topics as you progress through the programme, each time with increasing clinical focus. In conjunction, there is a vertical theme of professional and clinical skills development to help you acquire the personal qualities and skills you will need in professional environments.

The programme is delivered over five years and is divided into three phases.

Foundation phase (years 1 and 2)

In the first two years of the programme you will acquire fundamental knowledge and develop the skills and attitudes on which the following years of your training are based. During this initial phase, you will relate the anatomy and physiology of the body systems to health and disease in domestic animals, as well as looking at the underlying cellular process involved. You will gain an insight into common husbandry practice and animal breeding and how these impact on the animals we care for. Your professional training starts at the beginning of year 1 as you begin classes in fundamental animal-handling techniques, learn skills such as suturing, and develop your communication skills, culminating in the art of history taking and clinical examination. 

At the end of the foundation phase you will have a sound working knowledge of healthy domestic animals, with an introduction to the mechanisms of disease, and you will have developed the fundamental personal skills you will require as you move towards learning based more in professional environments.

Clinical phase (years 3 and 4)

The aim of the clinical phase is to build on the foundation phase to provide a broad training in key areas of veterinary professional practice, with a focus on common and important problems and presentations encountered in veterinary work. Realistic scenarios and cases form the basis for integrating clinical and scientific perspectives of veterinary practice. The approach will emphasise the role of clinical reasoning and planning, as well as continuing to develop skills and attitudes required to work in the clinical environment and to take a greater responsibility for your learning in the subsequent professional phase of the programme.

At the end of the clinical phase you will be prepared for entering the professional phase, where your professional development will be supported in professional and clinical environments in the final part of your development to being a veterinary professional.

Professional phase (year 5)

In your final year there are no lectures and the primary emphasis is on small group involvement in clinical activity, covering the common species of domestic animals. During this time you will be involved in all aspects of work in our busy hospitals and you will also gain first-hand experience in practices linked to the veterinary school. Though this year of the programme is structured so that you will receive clinical experience in core clinical areas, there is also the opportunity to focus on personal interests or explore the breadth of opportunities in the veterinary profession by choosing two ‘selective’ experiences. Selectives may be used to gain experience in niche veterinary activities (such as aquaculture) or to gain in-depth clinical experience related to core subjects.

Special Glasgow feature

In common with all veterinary students in the UK you will be required to undertake an additional 38 weeks of extra-mural studies (EMS) during your vacation time. The first period of 12 weeks is dedicated to gaining further experience of the management and handling of domestic animals. After this initial period is completed you start the clinical period of 26 weeks, which can be used to gain experience in veterinary professional environments. Satisfactory completion of EMS is a requirement for graduation.

The intercalated degree programme represents an opportunity for BVMS students following their second or third year to take either one or two years out of the BVMS programme and study for an additional degree programme (both at Bachelors BSc, BSc Vet Sci (Hons) and Masters levels MSc, MRes or MVPH) after which you then re-enter the BVMS programme.

Our international links

Study abroad opportunities are available in all years through participation in compulsory extra-mural studies (see special features). There are also opportunities to study abroad as an integral part of the BVMS programme in year 5.

We have approved status from the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), which enables you to have the option of practising in the USA or Canada following graduation without the need for sitting lengthy and costly clinical proficiency examinations.

Entry requirements

Academic entry requirements
for entry in 2015

A-levels

  • Standard academic entry requirements: A*AA.
  • Minimum academic entry requirements: N/A.
  • Other mandatory requirements: Must include Chemistry and Biology and a third subject which is preferably a science subject. Art, Drama, General Studies, Home Economics, Music or PE are not acceptable as a third subject. A GCSE pass in English at Grade B is required. Interview.

Highers

  • Standard academic entry requirements: AAAAB (including Chemistry and Biology) by the end of S5 AND Advanced Highers in Chemistry and Biology from S6 (both at Grade B minimum).
  • Minimum academic entry requirements: N/A.
  • Other mandatory requirements: Applicants are not considered for entry to Veterinary Medicine from S5. S5 Grades must include Chemistry (at Grade A) and Biology, and either Maths or Physics.  Applicants must have English at either Standard Grade 2, or an Intermediate 2. Interview.

International Baccalaureate

  • Standard academic entry requirements: 38 points.
  • Minimum academic entry requirements: N/A.
  • Other mandatory requirements: Must include Chemistry HL6 and Biology HL6 and either Mathematics or Physics at SL. Mathematics Studies is not deemed equivalent to Mathematics and is not accepted. A minimum of 6 points in English at Standard Level is also required. Interview. 

Interviews

Candidates seriously considered for admission to the BVMS will normally be interviewed before a final decision is reached. Members of the Admissions Committee carry out these interviews between December and February each year.

Please note: all A-Level, International Baccalaureate, and other EU entry requirements must be achieved in first sitting.

Information for overseas students

The School of Veterinary Medicine welcomes applications from overseas candidates. All grades are usually obtained in one sitting at the first attempt.


North American Applicants

Academic requirements

The School of Veterinary Medicine welcomes applications from candidates with a degree (or in their senior year) in an appropriate Biological or Animal Science Programme.  All applicants are required to have completed the required prerequisite courses for the programme. Applicants should have an overall minimum grade point average of 3.4 (4 point scale). The School also welcomes applications from candidates with an alternative degree who have also completed the required prerequisites.

Non-academic requirements

Applicants will be expected to have taken every opportunity to gain relevant practical experience of livestock husbandry and handling animals. In addition we would expect applicants to have shadowed a veterinary surgeon. We do not specify a required amount of work experience as it depends, to some extent, on the opportunities available to individual candidates. Experience gained in veterinary or medical laboratories is also encouraged to help candidates to appreciate the scientific basis of Veterinary Medicine.

The School does not insist on applicants having completed the Graduate Record Exam (GRE), however you may send your GRE scores directly to the School and these will be included in your application file.

How to Apply

Applications for admission should be made through the Veterinary Medical Colleges Admissions System (VMCAS)

We require at least one academic reference and one animal-related experience from all applicants.

Deadlines

You must apply by 2nd October through VMCAS in the year before you want to enter the programme. We do not normally offer deferred places.

The Admissions Process

All applicants who are being considered for a place on the veterinary degree programme at Glasgow will be interviewed.  Interviews will take place at the end of January/beginning of February on both the East and West Coast of the USA.  Typically interviews are held in California and New York.

After interview successful applicants will be contacted within 14 days of their interview and acceptances are required by 15 April.  Following acceptance further detailed information on housing, visa requirements etc are sent to each applicant, and a deposit of £1,000 will be required to hold your place. This deposit is non-refundable, but it will be deducted from your tuition fees on entry. Deposits are required by the beginning of May. 


Other overseas applicants

A-Levels

  • Standard academic entry requirements: A*AA.
  • Minimum academic entry requirements: N/A.
  • Other mandatory requirements: Must include Chemistry and Biology and a third subject which is preferably a science subject. Art, Drama, General Studies, Home Economics, Music or PE are not acceptable as a third subject. A GCSE pass in English at Grade B is required. Interview.

Hong Kong Advanced Level Examination

  • AAA in Chemistry, Biology and either Maths or Physics

International Baccalaureate

  • Standard academic entry requirements: 38 points.
  • Minimum academic entry requirements: N/A.
  • Other mandatory requirements: Must include Chemistry HL6 and Biology HL6 and either Mathematics or Physics at SL. Mathematics Studies is not deemed equivalent to Mathematics and is not accepted. A minimum of 6 points in English at Standard Level is also required. Interview.

Singapore Pollytechnic Diploma

  • We will consider applicants from Singapore Polytechnics who have a diploma in Veterinary Technology/Veterinary Bio-sciences or similar with a GPA of at least 3.4.

Canadian High School Diploma

  • Secondary School Graduation Diploma with minimum of 85% in Year 12 Chemistry and Biology and 80% in Year 12 Maths/Physics and remaining Grade 12 subjects.

Overseas graduates

  • You will need a minimum of a 2:1 honours degree or equivalent, normally in a Biological or Animal Science subject. Candidates with a non-science degree would normally be expected to have gained high grades in Chemistry and Biology at A level or equivalent.

Other overseas graduates

  • In any study programme which you are undertaking we would require high grades in the subjects of Chemistry, Biology and either Maths or Physics studied to a very high level. For entry requirements not listed above please contact vet-sch-admissions@glasgow.ac.uk 

Non-Academic Requirements

Applicants will be expected to have taken every opportunity to gain relevant practical experience of livestock husbandry and handling animals. In addition we would expect applicants to have shadowed a veterinary surgeon. We do not specify a required amount of work experience as it depends, to some extent, on the opportunities available to individual candidates. Experience gained in veterinary or medical laboratories is also encouraged to help candidates to appreciate the scientific basis of Veterinary Medicine.

How to Apply

Applications for entry are made through UCAS (The Universities and Colleges Admissions Service), details can be found at www.ucas.ac.uk. The closing date for applications is 15th October for entry the following year. 

The Admissions Process

Applicants from South East Asia are invited to attend an interview in Hong Kong or Singapore usually in November/December.

After interview successful applicants will be contacted within 14 days of their interview. Following acceptance detailed information on housing, visa requirements etc. are sent to each applicant. If the offer is unconditional a deposit of £1000 will be required to hold your place. This deposit is non-refundable but will be deducted from your tuition fees on entry. For conditional offers, confirmation of exam results will be required as soon as possible after they have been published. The offer will then be made unconditional and the deposit will apply. 

English language requirements

For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level.

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training):

  • overall score 6.5
  • no sub-test less than 6.0
  • or equivalent scores in another recognised qualification (see below)

Common equivalent English language qualifications:

  • ibTOEFL: 92; no sub-test less than 20*
  • CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English): B minimum
  • CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English): C minimum
  • PTE Academic (Person Test of English, Academic test): 60; no sub-test less than 59

Please note that TOEFL has now been removed from the approved list of English tests by the Home Office and TOEFL tests taken on or after 17 April 2014 will no longer normally be accepted for UK visa applications. However, the University as an HEI can still choose to accept TOEFL tests for admission to degree level courses and so TOEFL tests can still be accepted as normal for this programme.

Pre-sessional courses
The University of Glasgow accepts evidence of the required language level from the Language Centre Pre-sessional courses. We also consider other BALEAP accredited pre-sessional courses:

FAQs

What do I do if...

my language qualifications are below the requirements?

The University's Language Centre offers a range of Pre-Sessional Courses to bring you up to entry level. The course is accredited by BALEAP, the UK professional association for academic English teaching; see Links.

my language qualifications are not listed here?

Please contact the Recruitment and International Office: Elaine.Shortt@glasgow.ac.uk

If you require a Tier 4 student visa, your qualification must be one of the secure English language tests accepted by UK Border Agency:

my academic qualifications are below the requirements?

Glasgow International College offers Foundation courses to upgrade your academic qualifications.

Visa requirements and proof of English language level

It is a visa requirement to provide information on your level of English based on an internationally recognised and secure English language test. All test reports must be no more than 2 years old. A list of these can be found on the UK Border Agency website. If you have never taken one of these tests before, you can get an initial idea of your level by using the Common European Framework self-assessment grid which gives you a level for each skill (e.g. listening B1/writing B2 etc.) However, please note that this is not a secure English language test and it is not sufficient evidence of your level of English for visa requirements.

For further information about English language, please contact the Language Centre.

Career prospects

As a graduate of Veterinary Medicine at Glasgow, you can register as a member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (MRCVS). Along with the University’s approval by the AVMA, this means that our graduates can choose to work anywhere in the world, and the global opportunities are endless. The majority of registered veterinary surgeons in the United Kingdom are in general practice, which may be small animal, farm animal, equine or mixed. Our graduates are also employed in government service, dealing with investigation, control and eradication of important diseases. Others are actively engaged in food hygiene or in university teaching and research.

Accreditation

We are accredited by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons and the European Association of Establishments for Veterinary Education. 

We have approved status from the American Veterinary Medical Association.

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Degrees and UCAS codes

When applying you will need to know the UCAS code for the subject or subject-combination that you wish to apply to:

BVMS

  • KIS
    Veterinary Medicine: D100

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

How and when you pay tuition fees depends on where you’re from: see Tuition fees for details. If you’re from outside the EU, please see International students for more information.

Scholarships

We offer a wide range of scholarships to our undergraduates, including both home/EU and international students. The University is committed to supporting students and rewarding academic excellence. That’s why we’ve invested more than £1m in additional scholarship funding over the last year.

For a full list of scholarships including eligibility criteria and how to apply, please see:

How to apply

UCAS closing dates for entry in 2015

The UCAS process requires applications to Medicine, Vet Medicine and Dentistry to be submitted by 15 October each year, and applications to all other degree programmes by 15 January each year. The University of Glasgow cannot accept any applications after these UCAS deadlines, nor can it accept changes to applications after these dates. It is the applicants responsibility to ensure the accuracy of their application prior to submission, and requests from applicants to correct erroneous application content, change degree programme or change college of entry, will not be allowed after these UCAS deadlines. This policy is in place to ensure fairness and consistency to all applicants, and no exceptions will be made.

  • 15 October 2014: if including Dentistry, Medicine, Veterinary Medicine or applying to Oxford or Cambridge
  • 15 January 2015: all other UK/EU applicants
  • 30 June 2015: international (non-EU) students.

Apply at www.ucas.com or through your school or college.
Contact UCAS on 0871 468 0468.

UCAS tariff points

The University does not frame its offers in terms of UCAS tariff points.

How soon will I receive a decision?

We will usually respond before the end of March 2015.

If your qualifications meet our requirements and we believe you could benefit from study at Glasgow, you will receive an unconditional offer.

If you haven’t yet gained the necessary passes for entry to your chosen subject(s), we may look at the qualifications you are taking when you apply and make you a conditional offer.

Will I be interviewed?

An interview will be part of the selection process for: Community Development, Dentistry, History of Art & Art-world Practice, Medicine, Music, Nursing, Teaching, and Veterinary Medicine & Surgery. You may also be interviewed if you’re applying for entry into Year 2 in any subject.

Is deferred entry available?

For Dentistry, Nursing and Veterinary Medicine programmes we are unable to consider applications for deferred entry. In other cases deferring may be possible but it’s not granted automatically.

University Transfers

Transfers from another University to the University of Glasgow will only be considered under the following circumstances:

  1. The applicant has a genuine personal circumstance (illness, bereavement or other family situation) which requires the student to move back to their home town to be closer to family; AND
  2. The applicant would have met the University of Glasgow entrance requirements at the time he/she went to the other institution. In exceptional circumstances, a student may be admitted if he/she was marginally below the University of Glasgow entrance requirements, and they have performed above average at the other institution.

Widening participation

We want to help talented applicants from all backgrounds to study at Glasgow. See our range of widening access pre-entry programmes at Widening Participation.

British Sign Language

UCAS has launched seven new videos using British Sign Language, including details on how to apply and a Parents' Guide.  

Apply at www.ucas.com or through your school or college.
Contact UCAS on 0871 468 0468.

All applications must be received by UCAS by 15 October. If applying to the BVMS programme you must limit your choice to four veterinary schools only. If you apply to more than four veterinary schools, your application will not be forwarded to institutions by UCAS.

The University is unable to offer applicants deferred entry.

vet-sch-admissions@glasgow.ac.uk