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Institute of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery

BVM BVS with BVMedSci Veterinary Medicine and Surgery (D100):
The D100 5-year course leads students from day one through a clinically integrated programme covering all of the common domestic, wildlife and exotic species. Our philosophy is that your education needs to be hands-on, bringing you into contact with animals and clinical case scenarios from the very beginning of your course. With this in mind, you will spend a lot of your time in our purpose-built clinical teaching facilities as well as working with our local Clinical Associates, the existing on-site agricultural facilities and the adjacent Veterinary Laboratories Agency.

BVM BVS with BVMedSci Veterinary Medicine and Surgery including a Preliminary Year (D104):
Our D104 Preliminary Year Course has been designed for able students, who do not have the required science qualifications for the five year course D100, but have high academic achievement in non-science or vocational subjects or extensive experience. On successful completion, candidates progress directly into Year 1 of the 5-Year BVM BVS programme.

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ACADEMIC QUALIFICATION AND REQUIREMENTS

  • D100

    A-Levels

    Grade A in chemistry and biology (or human biology) and grade B in a third subject (excluding general studies and critical thinking) at A level. A pass is required in science practical tests, if assessed separately.

    Minimum of five grade As at GCSE to include biology and chemistry (or double science), one of physics or maths must be passed to grade A, minimum of grade B in English language and maths; Core Science, Additional Science and Further Additional Science are required at grade A. We require that a minimum of six weeks animal-related work experience is undertaken before application to the course.

    International Baccalaureate (IB) Curriculum

    34 Overall (6 in biology and chemistry at Higher Level, with 5 in a third higher level subject) including a minimum of five grade As at GCSE to include biology, chemistry (or science double award) with an A in one of maths or physics, and a minimum of grade B in English language and maths.

    Degree

    At least 2:1 in a science-related subject (any BSc) together with A level chemistry and biology grade B with supporting GCSE grade B in maths and English.

  • D104

    A-Levels

    Grades AAB, including any subjects at A2 and AS (to include, at most, only one of biology and chemistry and excluding general studies and critical thinking), only one of maths and further maths considered; biology and chemistry cannot both be taken at AS level.

    Minimum of five grade As at GCSE, minimum of grade B in chemistry (or double science), maths and English language.

    International Baccalaureate

    34 Overall (6 in biology and chemistry at Higher Level, with 5 in a third higher level subject) including a minimum of five grade As at GCSE to include biology, chemistry (or science double award) with an A in one of maths or physics, and a minimum of grade B in English language and maths.

    Access course:

    We will consider applicants who have undertaken access courses on an individual basis. 60 credits overall with 45 at level 3, of which 30 credits must be distinction. Minimum of grade B in maths and English language GCSE.

    Degree:

    At least 2:1 in a non-animal, biology or chemistry related subject with supporting GCSE and A level qualifications as detailed above.

    Vocational qualifications:

    DDD at BTEC National Diploma (subjects considered on an individual basis), with supporting GCSE qualifications as above.

    Distinction at Higher National Diploma/ Higher National Certificate (subjects considered on an individual basis) with supporting level two and three qualifications as above.

    Distinction for level 3 City and Guilds (subjects considered on an individual basis), with supporting GCSE qualifications as above.

    Registered Veterinary Nurses can apply with RVN qualification and a minimum of grade B in English and maths GCSE.

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ENGLISH LANGUAGE

IELTS 7.5 (no less than 7.0 in any element) GCSE/O level English language – minimum grade B Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English – minimum grade B

Fluency and competence in English are essential for these courses and will also be assessed first-hand at interview.

A full list of qualifications that can be accepted for English language evidence at the University of Nottingham can be found on our website.

WORK EXPERIENCE

We require at least six weeks animal handling work experience from the broadest range possible, before you apply. We would expect that you have some experience in one or more Vet Practices with small and large animal. We do not stipulate how many hours as we appreciate that potential students will have to split their time between various commitments, so we do not mind if work experience is carried out over varying hours/days. Five days of work experience equals one week.

Work experience is aimed at increasing your awareness of the role of the veterinary professional, rather than gaining specific skills or knowledge. Although many of our applicants will have significantly more than six weeks, the important thing is the quality of your reflection and understanding, rather than just the amount covered.

The School of Veterinary Medicine and Science does not take applicants on for work experience on site. You should try to include some time spent on equine, lambing, dairy and small animal work. A range of settings, as well as types of animals is also useful. It could include days at: kennels, riding schools, zoos, rescue centres, farms, laboratories and catteries. A wide range of other opportunities may also count, please email if you have any queries.

All work experience should be completed by the October 15th application deadline. Work experience booked after this date will not be taken into consideration.

INTERVIEWS

No student is admitted without interview/assessment. The aim of this final phase of the selection process is to select candidates who are academically able enough to cope with the course, who are motivated towards a career in Veterinary Medicine and Surgery, who have insight into the implications of this career choice and who have or appear to have the potential to acquire the personal skills expected of veterinary practitioners.

The interview will normally be conducted by two staff, one of whom will be a vet who will act as lead interviewer. This staff member will introduce the interviewers to the candidate and try to put the candidate at ease. The interview which will last approximately twenty minutes, will involve:
Questions about the depth of: motivation, insight into a veterinary career and interest in veterinary topics
Focus on areas highlighted in the assessment process: academic ability, communication skills, animal orientation personal attitudes and attributes, fitness to practice as a veterinary surgeon

The Practical Aptitude assessment will also last twenty minutes and is undertaken by all applicants. During the assessment, applicants should expect to deal with animal material and clinical information. It is not designed to test knowledge; rather we look for enthusiasm and aptitude including observational and analytical skills and animal-orientation.

The Team Working assessment is conducted in a group situation and will assess the individuals’ ability to work with a peer group.

Application Submission

All applications have to be made through Universities Central Council on Admissions (UCAS) and submitted by the 15th October deadline.