BVM&S Veterinary Medicine (5-year programme)
UCAS code: D100
Duration: 5 years
School: Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies
College: Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
Introducing BVM&S Veterinary Medicine (5-year programme)
The five-year Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery (BVM&S) programme will prepare you for many aspects of the veterinary profession.
This programme is accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) and the European Association of Establishments for Veterinary Education (EAEVE).
Our graduates can practise veterinary medicine throughout the UK, Europe, North America and Australasia. The BVM&S is the equivalent of the North American Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM), with the same standing worldwide.
You can find more detailed programme information on the Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery (BVM&S) website.
- The Animal Body 1 & 2
- Professional & Clinical Skills
- Animal Life & Food Safety 1
- The Animal Body 3 & 4
- Professional & Clinical Skills 2
- Animal Life & Food Safety 2
- Student research component (foundation skills)
- Professional & Clinical Skills 3
- Clinical Foundation Course
- Veterinary Pathology
- Integrated Clinical Course: Cat and Dog
- Integrated Clinical Courses in Farm Animal; Equine and Exotics
- Veterinary Public Health
- Professional & Clinical Skills 4
- Final year rotations (selected and core)
- Student research component
Find out more about the compulsory and optional courses in this degree programme.
To give you an idea of what you will study on this programme, we publish the latest available information. However, please note this may not be for your year of entry, but for a different academic year.
Teaching takes place at the Easter Bush campus, home to the Hospital for Small Animals, Large Animal Hospitals, the new, state-of-the-art teaching facilities and the world-renowned Roslin Institute.
Nearby is Langhill, the School's 250-hectare livestock farm, where you will learn animal handling and farm animal medicine. Our unique Exotic Animals and Wildlife Service provides you with first-hand experience of dealing with pets such as rabbits and tortoises, as well as wildlife native to the UK.
We also have links with Edinburgh Zoo and African wildlife projects.
You will have an opportunity for short laboratory based research placements, usually over the summer months after completion of Year 3.
Placements are offered within the Roslin Institute and the Moredun Institute. There are also opportunities for overseas placements, for example, at the Colorado State University and on the Cornell Leadership programme.
How will I learn?
You will be taught through a combination of lectures, small-group teaching tutorials, practical work and case-based learning.
Your studies will be supported through our virtual learning environments. These include a virtual farm, a virtual post-mortem room, a virtual hospital and a virtual pharmacy.
How will I be assessed?
You will be assessed by exams, coursework, and practical and clinical work.
Find out more about this programme's aims, what you will learn, how you will be assessed and what skills and knowledge you will develop.
To give you an idea of what to expect from this programme, we publish the latest available information. However, please note this may not be for your year of entry, but for a different academic year.
While many of our graduates enter and remain within the veterinary profession for life many others find that their training at Edinburgh enables them to succeed in a wide range of careers in research, government, private enterprise and academia.
Find more information on career prospects on the BVM&S website.
The typical offer is likely to be:
- SQA Highers: AAAAB at Higher and BB at Advanced Higher.
- A Levels: AAA.
- IB: 38 points with 666 at HL.
We have an access threshold for applications to Veterinary Medicine, you can find information on the BVM&S website.
Detailed requirements for all applicants
To be considered for an offer of a place all applicants must meet the following requirements:
- SQA Highers: AAAAB. Five Highers to be achieved by the end of S5, including Chemistry (Grade A) and Biology (Grade A) and either Maths or Physics. If Biology has not been studied in fifth year, it should be taken in sixth year to Higher level. If a science subject is not able to be taken in S5, we can accept the subject in S6 providing five Highers have been taken prior to S6. SQA Advanced Highers: BB at Advanced Higher in Chemistry and another science subject. If Physics has not previously been studied to National 5 or Higher level, it should be studied in sixth year to either National 5, Intermediate 2 or Higher level.
- A Levels: AAA to include Chemistry, Biology and a subject approved for entry to the veterinary programme. If Physics has not been studied to A Level, a good pass is required at GCSE. Please note that General Studies and Critical Thinking are not considered as a third subject.
- IB: Overall score of 38 points (including TOK/EE) to include Grades of 666 in Higher Level Chemistry, Biology and one other subject at Higher Level. If Physics is not taken at Higher Level, then competency in this subject must be demonstrated at a lower level, (GCSE or equivalent). Candidates should contact the Admissions Office directly for advice.
Approved subjects for entry
Please refer to the current list of approved subjects considered for entry.
A 2:1 honours degree in an appropriate science subject. Graduates with a degree in a non-science subject can still apply for the five-year programme but must have gained high grades in school-level science qualifications in Chemistry and Biology. Graduates with a science degree but with not enough key core science subjects covered and achieved at a high enough standard for the 4-year Graduate Entry Programme, will be considered for the 5-year programme only. Graduate applicants accepted on to the course will have to pay fees on a full-cost basis.
All candidates applying with a first degree or international qualifications must submit a copy of their transcript showing subjects and grades achieved to date. The transcript should be submitted by 22 October.
Applicants should provide detailed information on their practical experience (number of days/week spent and species worked with) in the appropriate section of their UCAS form. Candidates should be aware that the selectors can only take into account work already undertaken and not work planned. Applicants may receive an offer conditional on gaining further specified work experience.
All UCAS candidates are required to complete and return a Work Experience Summary form (WES) to the Admissions Office prior to the deadline of 22 October. Please note that applications submitted without a WES will be considered incomplete.
See the BVM&S website to download the form and for further guidance on work experience.
Other entry qualifications
All International and EU applicants, whose first language is not English, must sit an English proficiency test prior to application.
Fitness to practise
The University has a responsibility to ensure that students studying on a programme that involves practical training in a clinical environment, and that leads to a professional registerable qualification, are fit to practise.
This is assessed according to the requirements and standards of the profession the student wishes to enter. Students will be provided with further information on admission.
Veterinary medicine is a practical subject and students must be able to handle and examine all animals safely and humanely. Applicants with a disability, health problem or allergy that may impact upon their ability to carry out practical procedures are invited to discuss this in confidence before making a formal application.
All holders of Unconditional Firm offers are required to complete a Health Questionnaire prior to entry to the programme, regardless of whether a disability or health condition was declared on application or not.
We welcome applications from students studying a wide range of international qualifications.
We welcome applications from mature students and accept a range of qualifications.
You must provide evidence that your written and spoken English is at a level that will enable you to succeed in your studies.
English language tests
If English is not your first language, you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your spoken and written English:
- IELTS Academic module overall 7.0 with 7.0 in each component
- TOEFL-iBT 100 or above with 23 in each section
- Cambridge English: Advanced or Proficiency overall 185 with 185 in each component
- Pearson Test of English (Academic): Total 61 with at least 51 in each "Communicative Skills" section
- Trinity ISE: ISE III with a pass in all four components
SQA, GCSE and IB
For SQA, GCSE and IB students, unless a higher level is specified in the stated entry requirements, a pass is required in English at the following grades or higher:
- SQA National 5 Grade C
- SQA Standard Grade 3
- SQA Intermediate 1 Grade A
- SQA Intermediate 2 Grade C
- GCSE Grade C or 4
- Level 2 Certificate Grade C
- IB Standard Level Grade 5 (English ab initio is not accepted for entry)
There are usually 72 places for UK/EU applicants and 53 for international and graduate applicants each year. Competition for places is therefore extremely intense. The majority of applications are from candidates of high academic calibre. Unfortunately, meeting the minimum academic entry requirements does not guarantee an offer. Each application is considered individually. Academic qualifications play an important part in the selection process but close attention is also given to non-academic factors, including work experience, motivation, interests and attainments. An interview forms part of the selection procedure for all offered places.
To be shortlisted for interview, applicants must normally score highly in all of these aspects. Interviews normally take place between December and early March each year, exploring the information in the UCAS application and WES form, covering suitability for, and interest in, veterinary medicine and career exploration to date.
North American applicants
The School has a substantial number of North American candidates applying for both the four- and five-year BVM&S programmes.
All North American graduate applications should be made through the Veterinary Medical College Application Service (VMCAS) on the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges website.
All North American high school graduate applicants should apply via UCAS.
We will consider late applications from graduate and international applicants for both the five-year and four-year programme normally up until 15 November each year. However, before making a formal application, you should contact the Admissions Team.
You can find out more about the application process and requirements for veterinary medicine in the BVM&S application guide booklet.
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Additional costs include compulsory specialised equipment and protective clothing (approximately £150), and locker deposits (£15), and you will incur travel costs getting to Easter Bush campus. Using public transport from the city centre will cost around £525 a year, which the School will subsidise proportionally in line with your year of study.
In addition, extramural study (externships) of 38 weeks will incur additional accommodation and travel costs. Limited grant funding may be available from the University, but is unlikely to cover the full costs of extramural study.
For international students, your immigration application may include a healthcare surcharge of around £150 a year.
For more information on how much it will cost to study with us and the financial support available see our fees and funding information.