liverpool vet med course

Last Updated on August 28, 2023

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Veterinary Science

University of Liverpool

UCAS Code: D100 | Bachelor of Veterinary Science – BVSc

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Entry requirements

SOURCE: UCASA-levelAccess to HE DiplomaGCSE/National 4/National 5International Baccalaureate Diploma ProgrammeLeaving Certificate – Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)Scottish Advanced HigherScottish HigherWelsh Baccalaureate – Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (first teaching September 2015)UCAS TariffA,A,A

AAA in three A Level subjects: • Grade A in Biology or Human Biology • Grade A in Chemistry or another academic science-related subject (Physics, Mathematics, Geography, Geology, Psychology)* • Grade A in a third subject of your choice** *If Chemistry is not offered at A-level, it must be offered at AS-level (at grade B or above). ** The third A level subject cannot be General studies or Critical Thinking, however, there is no third subject which is preferred by selectors or gives any special advantage in the selection process. Science and non-science subjects are treated equally for the third subject For Science A-levels in which practical assessment is separately graded, a “pass” grade will be required. Taking four subjects at A-level does not confer an advantage in the application process. Grades from three appropriate subjects only will be taken into consideration, according to the criteria shown above. Resit applicants would normally be expected to achieve A*AA (with the A* in any subject) and their UCAS form should indicate that they are expected to achieve these grades. If you feel there was extenuating circumstances on your first attempt, for example a recent bereavement or illness, please email [email protected] for further advice on your application. Guidance notes for applicants can be found at: full entry requirements

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Full-time | 2022


Pre-clinical veterinary medicine

The degree of BVSc enables you to acquire the professional skills, knowledge and experience necessary to qualify as a veterinary surgeon. You will study the science of normal structure and function (cell biology, anatomy, physiology, genetics), how husbandry of individual animals and groups affects their health (nutrition, animal husbandry, animal behaviour), as well as the mechanisms and treatment of diseases (epidemiology, pharmacology, infectious diseases, pathology, parasitology and public health) in your first three years, alongside clinical and professional skills. You will also complete a research project. The clinical course includes 36 weeks of small group teaching (clinical rotations) in Years Four and Five, which are integrated with extra-mural studies (EMS). You have a choice of elective subjects, which are studied in greater depth. Currently 38 weeks of pre-clinical (husbandry), public health and clinical EMS are completed during the five-year programme. You receive special training in communication skills.
You may also undertake an intercalated degree, for example the BSc in Veterinary Conservation Medicine, and extend your programme.

This programme is accredited by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) for the purpose of eligibility for registration as a veterinary surgeon with that body.

This programme is available with a Year in China. The Year in China allows undergraduate students the opportunity to spend one year at our joint venture, Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (XJTLU), following XJTLU’s BA China Studies degree classes. XJTLU is a fully English-speaking university, located in Suzhou. If you wish to study this programme with a Year in China please put the option code YC in the Further Choices section of your UCAS application form.Read full course summaryShortlist this courseMore course information from the university

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University of LiverpoolDepartment:

School of Veterinary ScienceRead full university profile

What students say


We’ve crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.95%MEDPre-clinical veterinary medicine

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Teaching and learning

93%Staff make the subject interesting97%Staff are good at explaining things85%Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth98%Opportunities to apply what I’ve learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timelyFeedback on work has been helpfulStaff are contactable when neededGood advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

76%Library resources75%IT resources82%Course specific equipment and facilities85%Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students’ opinionsFeel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

SOURCE: HESA98%UK students2%International students20%Male students80%Female students4%2:1 or above1%First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)


After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We’ve crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.£28,000MEDAverage annual salary98%LOWEmployed or in further education99%HIGHEmployed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

99%Health professionals1%Sales, marketing and related associate professionals

Good news for would-be vets! Almost all graduates get jobs as vets on finishing their courses, and salaries are much better than the average for graduates. In fact, we produce the same number of vets every year than we did 10 years ago (a few hundred) and that means there are signs of shortages in the profession as the population increases. Not surprisingly, many jobs are in rural areas, and vets are much less likely than most other graduates to work in large cities.Read full employment prospects

What about your long term prospects?


Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.


Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they’ve taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.Shortlist this course

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