Veterinary Medicine degrees

Veterinary Medicine degrees

Undergraduate Admissions Interviews for Entry

Thank you for your application to study veterinary medicine at the University of Glasgow, School of Veterinary Medicine. You should be aware that the BVMS programme is heavily over-subscribed. We receive approximately 800 applications each year, and competition is fierce, but despite the demand, we are only able to offer 72 places to UK/EU applicants.

We interview around 220 applicants, and offers will be made to less than half of those called for interview. There are additional full-fees places for graduates and overseas students. At present, the total yearly intake is approximately 125. All applications are considered on merit. Every year we have to disappoint many able candidates, although candidates are welcome to reapply, providing they achieve the necessary A-level, Advanced Highers (or equivalent) qualifications. We aim to make the admissions process as fair as possible, with equality of opportunity irrespective of social or racial background, or gender.

Candidates are selected on the basis of all-round ability and personal qualities appropriate to a career in veterinary science. Academic capability is important; the programme is long and demanding, and we aim to select individuals who are able to sustain a demanding study programme.

The interview programme consists of two individual 15 minute interviews and a computer based exercise which explores ethical awareness and critical thinking. The interview panels will be made up of the Director of Admissions or Admissions Officer, one additional member of academic staff and, if possible, a veterinary practitioner. On occasion we may also have an additional observer present.

You will be asked about your work experience, hobbies and interests and your school work. You should have a good knowledge of the profession as a whole and what would be expected of you as a veterinary surgeon.  We not only assess the breadth of candidates' experience of working with livestock and companion animals, but we also examine personal attributes which demonstrate responsibility, self-motivation, a caring ethos and resilience. We are interested to hear of candidates’ special interests, or hobbies, outside veterinary science. You should be aware of any current topical veterinary issues so it is advisable to keep up to date with Media information.

We are aware that given the intense competition for places that the interview can be extremely daunting, however we do try to keep the interview as friendly and informal as possible, and you will have the opportunity to ask questions.

The Admissions Committee have an extremely difficult task when selecting candidates for interview, and it is equally difficult, when the applicant pool is so competitive, to be able to give you constructive feedback and for that reason we are unable to provide detailed feedback to any individual applicant, however, I provide below a summary of our admissions process:

  1. Applications are screened in line with our published entry requirements:
    http://www.gla.ac.uk/undergraduate/degrees/veterinarymedicine/#tabs=2

  2. Candidates are interviewed and offers made to the required number of applicants on the basis of interview performance.

  3. Additionally, we require to manage the number of students admitted to our programme in line with targets set by the Scottish Government and the Scottish Funding Council.  

The School of Veterinary Medicine will not respond to enquiries from individuals other than the applicant as the information held is considered personal and confidential. The Admissions Committee review all of our applications and their decision is final and cannot be revisited.


Please make sure that you download the necessary forms required as stated in your interview letter, and please confirm your attendance as soon as possible by e-mail to: vet-sch-admissions@glasgow.ac.uk