Veterinary Medicine and Surgery
- Year of entry
- Course type
- Single Honours
- Duration of study
- 5 years
- Subject area / School
- Harper and Keele Veterinary School
- UCAS code
This new undergraduate degree in Veterinary Medicine and Surgery (BVetMS) provides the opportunity for a contemporary and exciting curriculum, meeting the RCVS Day One Competences and also developing a wider range of professional attributes.
Students will study a five-year programme leading to a Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery degree.
During their studies students will be able to benefit from Harper’s long standing reputation in animal sciences and access to Harper’s farm and companion animal facilities, alongside Keele’s experience of establishing a leading UK medical school and significant recent investment in facilities such as state-of-the-art teaching laboratories.
The course is a highly practical and clinically-focused programme from year one. A contemporary ‘spiral’ curriculum design enables students to study the key concepts in relevant clinical context from the outset. These are revisited in subsequent years with increasing complexity drawing on input from researchers, clinical specialists and industry colleagues from our extensive network.
The clinical rotations will follow a distributed model of delivery through authentic workplace-based placements hosted by our veterinary practice partners. This affords a highly student-centred and individualised final year in a range of relevant settings that will prepare new graduates for a smooth transition to professional life.
Veterinary programmes are intensive for students, who can expect around 28 hours per week of contact time.
Students also need to complete extra mural studies, an RCVS requirement that augments their practical experience, and so the total study year ranges from 35-45 weeks a year across the five year programme.
Due to the vocational nature and focus of the programme, all modules have been created exclusively for it:
- Extensive use is made of the farm and companion animals on site at Harper Adams as well as state-of-the-art laboratory facilities and clinical skills resources at both Harper and Keele
- Small group teaching facilitates the development of confidence in practical skills
- The curriculum will incorporate case studies from early in the first year
- Teaching is led and coordinated by experienced educators including scientists, veterinary surgeons and other professionals. Throughout the programme keynote lectures, tutorials and practical classes are also delivered through contributions from many subject matter experts, practising vets and clinical specialists.
- Clinical teaching takes place not only in a hospital setting with the unusual or more complex cases, but also in practices where management of the everyday case is the primary focus.
How will the teaching be delivered?
Students spend full days on either campus, mostly at their 'host' site, with travel days to the other site limited to the need to access specialist facilities, typically in the region of four days a month. The final year will be mostly spent on clinical rotations, with individual days or weeks back at the host site for tutorials.
Extra-mural studies (EMS) are taken throughout the veterinary degree and help to prepare students for life in the clinical and related environments. They are an essential part of veterinary education and are student led.
EMS can take place anywhere in the country, whereas final year Veterinary School managed clinical rotations will predominantly take place within easy travelling distance from either host site.
Harper Adams University and Keele University are 23 miles and 50 minutes apart by road. A shuttle bus service is provided for Vet School students allowing them to travel free of charge and safely between the two institutions in order to access timetabled classes.
The module details given below are indicative and will give you a good idea of the range of subjects that we teach. We regularly review our teaching to ensure that the modules we offer are up-to-date; therefore, the modules available to study are liable to change.
Animal Management for Health and Production
Veterinary Anatomy and Physiology
Animal Behaviour and Welfare
Professional Skills and Academic Practice
Comparative Anatomy and Physiology
Animal Health Sciences
Veterinary Epidemiology and Population Medicine
Communication and Professional Skills
Preparation for Clinical Practice
Veterinary Public Health and State Veterinary Medicine
Law, Ethics and Professional Practice
Clinical Medicine and Surgery
Business and Professional Skills
Inter-professional Collaboration OR Research A
Clinical rotations with support/tutorials at both sites
Elective OR Research Project B
The entry grades outlined in this section indicate the likely offer or range of offers which would be made to candidates along with any subject specific requirements. This is for general information only. Keele University reserves the right to vary offer conditions depending upon a candidate’s application. Read more about our undergraduate entry requirements for United Kingdom, European Union and International students.
A wide range of qualifications are considered suitable for entry onto the course. For further information please contact the admissions team.
Typical conditional offers
All applicants must have a minimum of five GCSEs at grades at A/7 or above including:
Science and Additional Science (or Biology and Chemistry)
With at least a grade B/6 in:
Physics (if taken as a separate GCSE)
Grade A in Biology or Chemistry
International Baccalaureate (IB)
Animal Management with Science with at least a Distinction in the following units:
Applied Science (all routes) with at least four from the following optional units:
BTEC Subsidiary Diploma
If taken in lieu of a 3rd A level, you will still require:
Two A levels at Grade A, including Biology or Chemistry
City and Guilds Level 3 National Extended Diploma
Animal Management with a Distinction in the following units:
Access to HE Diploma
Pass with 45 level 3 credits at Distinction. Diplomas must be science based and include:
SQA Higher and Advanced Higher
Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificate
If taken in lieu of a 3rd A level, you will still require:
Irish Leaving Certificate
To include Biology and Chemistry
|Normally minimum 2i in any honours degree plus minimum of BBB at A-level, including biology or chemistry; students with good degrees (1st or 2i) in an animal-related or bioscience discipline who do not meet the A-level requirements are welcome to apply and will be considered on a case-by-case basis alongside all other applicants.|
The primary aim of gaining work experience prior to a vet school application is to ensure that candidates understand the varied and sometimes challenging nature of veterinary work and the commitment required to be a successful student and have a long and fulfilling career. This is best achieved by spending time with vets in practice and alongside others working with animals in a variety of settings.
Not all candidates will have equal opportunities for access to work experience. We appreciate it may be difficult for every student to amass a large number of weeks of varied placements especially since this may also affect your academic studies.
The guidelines below are not, therefore, prescriptive and we will consider applicants who do not manage to fully meet the suggested times spent. No weight will be afforded to those with greater time spent on placements.
Far more importantly, we will expect you to be able to discuss in detail the insights you have gained during your work experience. This should be derived from time spent ‘seeing practice’ with vets in a clinical setting and from animal work experience.
Suggested experience to aim for:
Two weeks in one or more veterinary practices, ideally covering both large and small animal work
Up to four weeks in a mixture of non-clinical placements which could include any of:
- farms: cattle, sheep, pigs, poultry; dairy and lambing experiences are very useful
- stables, kennels, catteries etc
- veterinary or medical laboratories and pathology services
- a day at an abattoir
If you are unable to secure large animal clinical experience with a vet it would be sensible to ensure you spend time on livestock farms to understand the nature of this work where you can also gain insights about the interaction with visiting vets
We appreciate it may be easier to gain smaller chunks of experience such as a day a week at a local vet practice and therefore do not expect your experience to be made up of week-long blocks at each placement.
For successful interviewees with relatively little work experience, we may make offers conditional on gaining further specified work experience.
Please note: the above are suggestions and ideas for work experience. This is not a checklist and achieving all these placements is not a requirement.
The school will also accept applications from students who are on the gateway preparatory year Extended Degree programme at Harper Adams University. Additional alternative pathways are currently being developed.
The progression requirements for these courses are still to be confirmed at the time of writing and will be available on the website in due course.
At this time, the school is unable to consider applications from students who require a Tier 4 visa.
PREPARATION PROGRAMMES FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS
International students who do not meet the direct entry requirements for this course have the opportunity to study an International Foundation Year programme.
These courses are designed to prepare international students to enter into Keele University undergraduate degrees.
You may choose to study this course via foundation year.
If you’re returning to education following a break, wish to study a new subject or don’t have the grades or sufficient equivalent experience for direct entry to this course, a foundation year may be a good option for you.
Following successful completion (including any additional progression requirements) of the foundation year you can progress on to this course.
For more details visit our foundation year webpages.
Fees and funding
Fees and Chargers 2020/21: A guide to the charges students may face relating to their time at the Vet School, including university fees, accommodation and other course and activity related costs. The fees and chargers for 2021/22 will be released July / August 2020.
Unfortunately this course is not open to international applicants who require a tier 4 visa to study in the UK
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