Degree Programme Specification 2020/2021
Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery
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|Awarding institution:||The University of Edinburgh|
|Teaching institution:||The University of Edinburgh|
|Programme accredited by:||The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, American Veterinary Medical Association|
|Final award:||Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery (BVM&S)|
|Programme title:||Veterinary Medicine|
|Relevant QAA subject benchmarking group(s):||Veterinary Science|
|Postholder with overall responsibility for QA:||
|Date of production/revision:||January 2014|
|Further Information:||View the prospectus entry for this programme|
Teaching and learning methods and strategies
Teaching and Learning Strategoies employed at the University of Edinburgh consist of a variety of different methods appropriate to the programme aims. The graduate attributes listed above are met through a teaching and learning framework (detailed below) which is appropriate to the level and content of the course.
Teaching and learning workload
You will learn through a mixture of scheduled teaching and independent study. Some programmes also offer work placements.
At Edinburgh we use a range of teaching and learning methods including lectures, tutorials, practical laboratory sessions, technical workshops and studio critiques.
The typical workload for a student on this programme is outlined in the table below, however the actual time you spend on each type of activity will depend on what courses you choose to study.
Assessment methods and strategies
Courses can be assessed by a diverse range of methods and often take the form of formative work which provides the students with on-going feedback as well as summative assessment which is submitted for credit.
Assessment method balance
You will be assessed through a variety of methods. These might include written or practical exams or coursework such as essays, projects, group work or presentations.
The typical assessment methods for a student on this programme are outlined below, however the balance between written exams, practical exams and coursework will vary depending on what courses you choose to study.
The degree programme prepares you for general veterinary practice or more specialist work with small animals, equine or farm animals, exotic animals or laboratory animals.
Outside veterinary practice, there are many opportunities for graduates to join organisations working to prevent wildlife disease, working in the conservation of endangered species, or teaching livestock husbandry in the developing world.You can also pursue a research career, from biomedical research to government-led research into disease control. The School incorporates the Roslin Institute of the University of Edinburgh which, along with the Moredun Research Institute and the Scottish Agricultural College, are members of the Easter Bush Research Consortium (EBRC) – representing one of the highest concentrations of animal scientists in the world.
Every BVM&S undergraduate student is a member of a House led by a Senior House Tutor with 5-6 Personal Tutors. Every student has a Personal Tutor. Personal Tutors provide academic and pastoral guidance for students within the University. Students can contact them to discuss any issues they may be having and if they are unable to help, they will assist in finding the right support.
You can approach your Personal Tutor for guidance and support at any time throughout your studies and if for some reason your Personal Tutor is unavailable, you can contact any other Personal Tutor within your House as well as the Senior House Tutor or Student Experience Officer.
Having the correct study skills techniques is important to ensure that you make the most of your time at University. The School offers a range of study skill advice sessions that are open to all students.
We recognise that students come with a whole range of experiences and backgrounds and more importantly all are individual in their needs. Therefore, we have a team of staff available to help students.
We offer dedicated study skills advice, through drop-in and individual bookable sessions. Typically during these sessions, current methods will be reviewed and alternative strategies are suggested. Often students find just small changes can make a big difference to their enjoyment and success at University.
We also offer workshops and other events where students can try out various techniques and talk to fellow students about what methods they use.
University Services and Outreach:
The University provides a number of support services for students across its campuses. The R(D)SVS ensures we have outreach services at our Easter Bush Campus and this includes Counselling, Careers, Disability, Mental Health Mentor and the EUSA Advice Place.
Extra Mural Studies (EMS) allows students to gain practical experience in as many aspects of veterinary work as possible.
"Seeing Practice" for 26 weeks has been a requirement for all veterinary students in the UK since 1932 and is currently referred to as EMS.
EMS consists of two distinct phases:
Pre-clinical or animal husbandry phase, which comprises a total of 12 weeks carried out during the first two years of the Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery course.
Clinical EMS, which comprises 26 weeks towards the latter part of the degree course. Clinical EMS should include time in abattoirs, laboratories, and with the government veterinary services, as well as in clinical practices. These periods can include overseas placements. Students can also spend time working on research projects or attending research summer schools as part of EMS.
Veterinary practices provide a vital contribution to this part of the veterinary student's training.
Further information on the R(D)SVS is available on-line at http://www.ed.ac.uk/schools-departments/vet