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University of Glasgow

The University is one of only four Vet Schools in Europe to have achieved accredited status for its undergraduate programmes from the American Veterinary Medical Association, by the European Association of Establishments for Veterinary Education (EAEVE) and full recognition by the UK’s Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS), as well as a reciprocal arrangement between the RCVS and the Australasian Veterinary Boards Council Inc (AVBC). This status is recognised throughout the world and qualifies our graduates to practice in Europe, North America and other countries such as Australia and New Zealand.

The School of Veterinary Medicine is located on the 80 hectare Garscube campus at the Northwest boundary of the city of Glasgow, four miles from the University’s Gilmorehill campus. The School was founded in 1862 and gained independent Faculty status in 1969. In 2010 the Faculty translated from the ‘Faculty of Veterinary Medicine’ to the ‘School of Veterinary Medicine’ within the College of Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences, which consists of three Schools and seven Research Institutes.
The School has approximately 200 staff (academic, research and support) with 60 research students (including clinical scholars) and 700 undergraduate students.

The University of Glasgow’s School of Veterinary Medicine is pre-eminent in teaching, research and clinical provision, and attracts students, researchers and clinicians from around the world. Our internationally accredited school provides an expert referral centre via the Small Animal Hospital, the Weipers Centre Equine Hospital and the Scottish Centre for Production Animal Health & Welfare alongside a full range of Veterinary Diagnostic Services for animal owners and referring practitioners throughout the UK. The School also has a 190 hectare commercial farm and research centre at Cochno, 15 minutes from the Garscube campus (5 miles north).
In the 2014 UK-wide Research Excellence Framework (REF2014), Glasgow’s veterinary and animal health research activity was ranked top amongst the UK veterinary schools for research quality with an outstanding contribution to societal impact globally.
In the 2016 National Student Survey, the School of Veterinary Medicine was voted number 1 in the UK for Veterinary Science.

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Please note that these are the minimum entry requirements necessary in order to be considered eligible for entry to the course. Achievement of these requirements does not guarantee entry to the course.

  • a. British Curriculum

    A Levels

    AAA including Chemistry and Biology (excluding General Studies).


    5 grade As including Biology and Chemistry or Double Science, depending on options studied
    Minimum of grade B in Maths and English Language and Physics if studied separately

  • b. International Baccalaureate

    Standard academic entry requirements: 38 points.

    Other mandatory requirements: Must include Chemistry HL6 and Biology HL6 and either Mathematics or Physics at SL 5. A minimum of 6 points in English at Standard Level is also required.

  • c. American Curriculum

    Advanced Placements (APs)

    – Grade 5 in both Biology and Chemistry plus 2 additional APs at grade 4.


    SAT score of 1800 (600 minimum in Critical Reading, Mathematics and Writing) plus AP Biology and Chemistry at Grade 5.


    SAT score 1800 (600 minimum in Critical Reading, Mathematics and Writing) plus IB Higher level certificates in Biology and Chemistry at Grade 6. (added )

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English Language Requirements:
All applicants will need to demonstrate proficiency in English Language. Applicants who have undertaken GCSEs, A levels or the IBDP will not be required to demonstrate additional proficiency if they have achieved any of the following:
-English Language GCSE at grade B or above;
-English Language A level at grade C or above;
-IB English A Language-Literature Standard Level at grade 5 or above;
-IB English A Language-Literature Higher level at grade 4 or above.

Or alternatively:
International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training):
-overall score 6.5
-no sub-test less than 6.0


Candidates are selected on the basis of all-round ability and personal qualities appropriate to a career in veterinary science. Academic capability is important; the programme is long and demanding, and we aim to select individuals who are able to sustain a demanding study programme.

The interview consists of a 30 minute face to face interview and a computer based exercise which explores ethical awareness and critical thinking.

You will be asked about your work experience, hobbies and interests and your school work. You should have a good knowledge of the profession as a whole and what would be expected of you as a veterinary surgeon. We not only assess the breadth of candidates’ experience of working with livestock and companion animals, but we also examine personal attributes which demonstrate responsibility, self-motivation, a caring ethos and resilience. We are interested to hear of candidates’ special interests, or hobbies, outside veterinary science. You should be aware of any current topical veterinary issues so it is advisable to keep up to date with Media information.

If it is possible the interviews will take place in Dubai.

Non-academic requirements

Applicants will be expected to have taken every opportunity to gain relevant practical experience of livestock husbandry and handling animals. In addition we would expect applicants to have shadowed a veterinary surgeon. We do not specify a required amount of work experience as it depends, to some extent, on the opportunities available to individual candidates. Experience gained in veterinary or medical laboratories is also encouraged to help candidates to appreciate the scientific basis of Veterinary Medicine.

We would expect applicants to have this work experience prior to the application deadline which for entry in September 2017 is 30 October 2016, although late applications can be considered up until lst January 2017.