Veterinary Science

Taught at our Bristol city campus and in the rural setting of the Bristol Veterinary School at Langford, our degrees offer access to state-of-the-art facilities and teaching informed by our cutting-edge research.

Why study Veterinary Science at Bristol?

Bristol is a world-class university in a creative, dynamic city that offers an outstanding student experience. You will combine this city experience with time in the rural setting of the friendly and supportive Langford campus, where you will be taught in modern on-site clinical facilities. These include new small-animal and equine hospitals, a recently refurbished dairy farm and brand new, purpose-built wet labs. Bristol’s training strengths include farm animal science, animal welfare and veterinary public health, reflecting the importance of vets to the Global and One Health agendas.

Because they have studied the underpinning science, Bristol graduates are adept as problem solvers, innovators and entrepreneurs. Around a fifth of our students take the opportunity to intercalate into another science course between years three and four. It is a requirement of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons that all UK veterinary students undertake 38 weeks of extramural studies on farms and in veterinary establishments. Bristol has a network of placements to help you find the experiences you need.

We are now accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), reflecting our position as a world leader in teaching and student experience. Alongside the Vet School's other accreditations, the AVMA accreditation means that graduates of our veterinary programmes have the opportunity to practise in multiple countries around the world.

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What kind of student would this course suit?

You can excel in veterinary science if you are highly motivated, intelligent, an excellent communicator and an innovative problem solver with a passion for animals and their people.

How is this course taught and assessed?

The course is taught through a mixture of lectures and practical classes to develop clinical, animal-handling and laboratory skills. Facilitated small- and large-group activities and directed self-education will develop your independent learning, team work and problem-solving skills.

We use mixed assessment methods, such as written examinations, computer-based examinations, practical tests and coursework, including written and oral presentations.

What are my career prospects?

Veterinary science graduates are well prepared for a variety of careers in the veterinary field worldwide. Most graduates are employed in UK general practice but many undergo further specialist veterinary training, have careers in academia or work overseas. Veterinary scientists are also employed in the biomedical research industry and there are job opportunities in government agencies, the Royal Army Veterinary Corps and animal charities.

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