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Institute of Veterinary Science

The Institute of Veterinary Science in Liverpool was the first veterinary institute to be part of a University, and has always been a leading education provider for the vets of the future. We are unique among British veterinary schools in having two on-site working farms as well as two referral hospitals, and three first opinion practices. This enables undergraduates to gain valuable hands-on experience of all aspects of veterinary practice: equine, farm animal, and small animal.

Based on the main University of Liverpool campus, and at our dedicated Leahurst campus in Cheshire, we also offer postgraduate courses and Continuing Professional Development courses for veterinary surgeons, veterinary nurses, and chartered physiotherapists.

Our overriding aim is to be a centre for regional, national and international excellence in research and learning in animal health and welfare. We aim to produce the world’s best veterinary surgeons by providing relevant training underpinned with the latest scientific knowledge. To this end we’ve developed energetic fundamental and clinical research programmes, together with world-renowned referral hospitals and University-owned farms that model new, best practice for professionals everywhere. Our excellent reputation resulted in The University of Liverpool being 6th in the world for Veterinary Science in the 2016 QS World University Rankings.

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  • a. UK qualifications


    A minimum of AAABBBB, to include a minimum of grade B in English, Mathematics and two science GCSEs (either as separate subjects, one of which must be physics, or e.g. dual award science).
    Qualifications from the Middle Years Programme would also be considered (please see further information under IB).


    Grades AAA, in the following subjects:

    • Biology or Human Biology
    • Chemistry, or another academic science-related subject (e.g. Physics, Mathematics, Geography, Geology, Psychology)
    • One further subject excluding General Studies or Critical Thinking

    If Chemistry is not offered at A-level, it must be offered at AS-level (at grade B or above).
    Science A-levels in which practical assessment is separately graded, a “pass” grade will be required.

  • b. International Baccalaureate

    36 points overall to include:
    • Grade 6 in higher level Biology
    • Grade 6 in higher level Chemistry
    • Grade 6 in higher level in any other subject

    Candidates must also either have the GCSE qualifications (as above) or completed the Middle Years Programme with a minimum of 6665555 to include English, Mathematics and two science subjects, one of which must be physics. If any of these specified subjects are not offered at level 2, they must be offered at Standard or Higher level in the IB.

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For applicants whose first language is not English, it is important to be able to communicate in spoken, written and scientific English. We require the British Council International English Language Testing System (IELTS) test – an overall score of 7.0 or above with a minimum of 7.0 in each component. Other language qualifications may be acceptable; please contact the Admissions Office with specific queries.


International students are also expected to have completed some work experience; however, the applicant’s location and opportunities available to him/her will be taken into consideration when applications are received. It is recommended that applicants have experience in a variety of husbandry settings (e.g. care of healthy animals; companion, equine and other species) as well as both small and large animal veterinary experience.


All applicants will be required to attend an interview, either in person, or by telephone.

Please see the link for further information.

Academic reference

We require the reference on the UCAS application to be from a member of staff at the most recent academic institution attended by the applicant.