Undergraduate 

Veterinary Medicine & Surgery BVMS

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 six Vet Schools in Europe to have achieved accredited status for its undergraduate programmes from the American Veterinary Medical Association.

Garscube campus

Across 80 hectares at the north-west boundary of the city lies our beautiful Garscube estate, just four miles from the University’s Gilmorehill campus.

Home to the School of Veterinary Medicine, the Institute of Cancer Sciences and the MRC Centre for Virus Research, the campus also has a range of indoor and outdoor sports facilities, onsite parking and excellent public transport links. The sports complex is popular with the University’s outdoor sports teams, with six grass pitches, two all-weather synthetic pitches, gym, tennis courts, cricket oval, exercise studio and 5km of walking and jogging routes around the grounds.

School of Veterinary Medicine

With over 150 years of veterinary excellence, the School of Veterinary Medicine is pre-eminent in teaching, research and clinical provision, and attracts students, researchers and clinicians from around the world.

  • Our research places us among the world leaders in global animal health
  • Accredited status from the American Veterinary Medical Association 
  • Top among UK veterinary schools for research quality (REF 2014)

Some of the facilities within our internationally accredited school include:

  • the award-winning Small Animal Hospital: Scotland’s only animal hospital with magnetic resonance imaging, alongside computed tomography and radiotherapy
  • all under one roof
  • the Weipers Centre for Equine Welfare, which offers services for anaesthesia, diagnostic imaging, lameness therapy, equine surgery and physiotherapy
  • the Scottish Centre for Production, Animal Health and Food Safety, which offers diagnostic imaging, fertility assessments and surgical procedures 

For more information visit the School of Veterinary Medicine.

Institute of Cancer Sciences

The Institute of Cancer Sciences is part of a national centre of excellence in the fight against cancer. The institute carries out a programme of world-class science directed at understanding the molecular changes that cause cancer. It boasts one of the largest centres for cancer trials in the UK and is working to translate scientific discoveries into new drugs or diagnostic and prognostic tools that benefit cancer patients, taking new therapies through pre-clinical and clinical trials. The Institute of Cancer Sciences is a major component of the Cancer Research UK West of Scotland Cancer Centre and is a partner with the Beatson Institute for Cancer Research (BICR), which together form the core of cancer research in Glasgow. 

For more information visit the Institute of Cancer Sciences.

MRC-University of Glasgow Centre for Virus Research

The MRC-University of Glasgow Centre for Virus Research (CVR) was established in 2010 and represents the UK’s largest grouping of human and veterinary virologists. The centre carries out multidisciplinary research on viruses and viral diseases of humans and animals, translating the knowledge gained for the improvement of health. Research covers emerging viruses including arboviruses, innate and intrinsic immunity to virus infection, hepatitis C virus, viruses and cancer, structural virology, viral genomics and bioinformatics.

For more information visit the MRC-University of Glasgow Centre for Virus Research.

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.

Programme alteration or discontinuation
The University of Glasgow endeavours to run all programmes as advertised. In exceptional circumstances, however, the University may withdraw or alter a programme. For more information, please see: Legal statements: Disclaimer.

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 2018

About entry requirements

SQA Highers

The standard academic entry requirements represent the grades which, if attained in addition to successfully meeting mandatory subject requirements, and any non-academic entry requirements (interviews, auditions, aptitude tests), will normally result in an offer being made. Students must achieve the standard entry requirements in first sitting (by end of S5).

We adjust the standard academic and non-academic entry requirements at both S5 and S6 for eligible applicants who complete one of our pre-entry programmes. Criteria for eligibility include attending a Scottish target secondary school, living in a priority Scottish postcode, are currently living or have spent time living in care. For more information about your eligibility and our pre-entry programmes, please see: Access Glasgow.

The minimum academic entry requirements indicate the minimum grades that must be achieved, by the end of S5, for an offer to be considered. For some degree programmes, offers (either conditional or unconditional) may be made below the standard academic entry requirements. Where a conditional offer is made, the S5 & S6 cumulative requirements detail the grades that would be necessary by the end of S6. Students must also meet any subject and non-academic requirements stated.

The University of Glasgow will accept Highers and/or Advanced Highers toward academic entry requirements. Where Advanced Highers are required this is stated.
For our full SQA Higher Admissions Policy please see: Entry requirements: Scottish Highers

A-levels and International Baccalaureate

The standard academic entry requirements represent the grades at which any possible offer would be made. Students must also meet mandatory subject requirements and any non-academic entry requirements (interviews, auditions, aptitude tests).

The minimum academic entry requirements indicate the minimum grades the university will accept for entry to this programme. Students must also meet mandatory subject requirements and any non-academic entry requirements (interviews, auditions, aptitude tests).

For more information on our A-level admissions requirements please see: Entry requirements: A-levels

For more information on our IB admissions requirements please see: Entry requirements: IB

A-levels

  • Standard academic entry requirements: A*AA.
  • Minimum academic entry requirements: N/A.
  • Other mandatory requirements: A-level Chemistry AND A-level Biology AND a third A-level subject which is preferably a science subject. Art, Drama, General Studies, Home Economics, Music or PE are not acceptable as a third subject. GCSE English at grade B or above is required. Interview. Experience essential.

Highers

  • Standard academic entry requirements: AAAAB 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 Higher Chemistry (at grade A) AND Higher Biology, AND either Higher Mathematics OR Higher Physics. Advanced Highers in Chemistry AND Biology both at grade B or above. National 5 English at grade B or above. Interview. Experience essential.

We adjust these entry requirements for eligible applicants, from AAABB at S5, based upon completion of a pre-entry programme.  For pre-entry programme eligibility and adjusted grade requirements, see Access Glasgow.

International Baccalaureate

  • Standard academic entry requirements: 38 points.
  • Minimum academic entry requirements: N/A.
  • Other mandatory requirements: Chemistry HL6 AND Biology HL6 AND Mathematics OR Physics at SL6. A minimum of 6 points in English at Standard Level is also required. Interview. Experience essential.

Practical experience

In addition to the academic standard detailed, evidence of motivation is required. It is essential that applicants to the Veterinary Course have a minimum of 6 weeks work experience with at least 2 weeks with a veterinary surgeon and have had hands on experience with farm animals.

We look for knowledge of the veterinary profession, and for experience of and contact with a variety of animals, such as: 

  1. Attending with a veterinary surgeon(s) (companion animal and farm animal). Minimum of two weeks or occasional days/weekends over a substantial period.
  2. Working on a dairy farm.
  3. Assisting on a sheep farm at lambing time.
  4. Working with horses, such as: at riding stables.
  5. Working in a boarding kennel or cattery.
  6. Visiting an abattoir (not essential).
  7. Any additional relevant experience, such as: zoo, wildlife park or laboratory.

The broader this experience the more favourably will any application be viewed.

Interviews

Candidates seriously considered for admission to the BVMS will normally be interviewed before a final decision is reached. Members of the Admissions Committee conduct 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.

More about interviews

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

  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

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 15 September 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 Polytechnic 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. 

Glasgow International College

International students with academic qualifications below those required should contact our partner institution, Glasgow International College, who offer a range of foundation certificates.

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*: 90; no sub-test less than: Reading: 20; Listening: 19; Speaking: 19; Writing: 23
  • CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English): 176 overall: no sub-test less than 169
  • CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English): 176 overall: no sub-test less than 169
  • PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English, Academic test): 60; no sub-test less than 59
  • IGCSE: English as a First Language (0500/0522): C in Reading and Writing, plus 1 in Listening, 2 in Speaking, where applicable. All four components (listening, writing, speaking, reading) must be examined and detailed on results slip
  • IGCSE: English as a Second Language (0510/0511): A in Reading and Writing, plus A in Listening, 2/B in Speaking, where applicable. All four components (listening, writing, speaking, reading) must be examined and detailed on results slip
  • Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English: ISEII at Distinction with Distinction in all sub-tests

* Please note that TOEFL is still acceptable for admission to this programme for both home/EU and international students.

For international students, the Home Office has confirmed that the University can choose to use TOEFL to make its own assessment of English language ability for visa applications to degree level courses. We therefore still accept TOEFL tests taken in the last two years for admission to this programme.

Pre-sessional courses
The University of Glasgow accepts evidence of the required language level from the English for Academic Study Unit 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 School of Modern Languages and Cultures 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:


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 see School of Modern Languages and Cultures: English for Academic Study.


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.

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.

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 in recent years.

RUK Access Bursary 2018 Entry

The bursary supports talented students who might not be able to take a place at University for reasons of financial hardship and  available to new entrant full-time undergraduate students of the University of Glasgow who are fully registered for Session 2018-19 as being domiciled in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and paying annual tuition fees of £9,250 per annum

more information

The scholarships above are specific to this programme. For more funding opportunities search the scholarships database

How to apply

If you’re seeking full-time study you must apply through the Universities & Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

UCAS deadlines

The deadlines for applications to Medicine, Vet Medicine and Dentistry is 15 October each year. The deadline for applications to all other degree programmes is 15 January each year.

The University of Glasgow does not usually accept any applications after these UCAS deadlines. 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 accepted 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: if including Dentistry, Medicine, Veterinary Medicine or applying to Oxford or Cambridge
  • 15 January: all other UK/EU applicants (unless otherwise stated on the UCAS website)
  • 30 June: 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.

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.

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.

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