The UK has always been a popular destination for Indians who want to study medicine abroad. Veterinary medicine focuses on the care and treatment of animals and covers everything taught in a regular medical degree, such as psychological assessment, preventative care and surgery and other complex processes. Veterinary medicine courses usually last five years.
A lucrative field to work in, veterinary scientists are always in demand and there is no scarcity of work in the UK and the world over.
Learn more about studying an undergraduate degree at top universities for veterinary medicine in the UK below. To apply visit an SI-UK India office near you or book your free consultation today.
The Best UK Universities for Veterinary Medicine
Listed below are the top UK universities for studying veterinary medicine according to The Guardian University Guide 2021.
1. University of Edinburgh
The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies at the University of Edinburgh was the highest ranked veterinary school in the UK in the Research Excellence Framework 2014 and is currently ranked the best in the UK according to the Guardian University Guide.
Placements allow students to further practice their animal handling and clinical skills, as well as increasing their confidence and work experience and providing valuable insight into the real world of work. Graduating from the School will allow students to register with the UK’s Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) and the American Veterinary Medical Association.
- Course to consider: BVM&S (hons) Veterinary Medicine
2. University of Nottingham
The School of Veterinary Science at the University of Nottingham ranked top of the National Student Survey (NSS), as well as being ranked 2nd in the UK for research power. The School and campus is an award-winning, purpose-built one that offers innovative and highly rated courses to students. In a recent Association of Veterinary Students survey, Nottingham was ranked first for career progression preparation, extra mural studies and student welfare.
- Course to consider: Veterinary Medicine and Surgery including a Gateway Year BVM BVS with BVMedSci
3. University of Glasgow
The University of Glasgow Veterinary School is one of seven veterinary schools in Europe to have achieved accredited status for its undergraduate programmes from the American Veterinary Medical Association. In the 2016 National Student Survey, the School of Veterinary Medicine was voted number one in the UK for veterinary science. Study abroad opportunities are available in all five years of the course through participation in compulsory extra-mural studies.
- Course to consider: BVMS Veterinary Medicine & Surgery
4. University of Liverpool
The University of Liverpool Institute of Veterinary Science has two on-site working farms as well as two referral hospitals, and three first opinion practices, enabling undergraduates to gain valuable hands-on experience of all aspects of veterinary practice. The Institute was voted second for veterinary science in a recent national student survey of universities.
With courses designed to create practical, compassionate and resilient veterinary surgeons, graduates will be equipped with the skills and qualities required to practice as vets in the 21st century.
- Course to consider: BVSc (hons) Veterinary Science
5. University of Cambridge
With an international reputation as a centre of excellence, the Department of Veterinary Medicine at Cambridge performs world-class veterinary research.
The Queen’s Veterinary School Hospital at the University of Cambridge includes modern facilities such as a five-theatre small animal surgical suite, a fully-equipped intensive care unit and an equine surgical suite and diagnostic unit, with an MRI machine capable of imaging standing horses. Small animals, farm animals and horses are housed on-site to provide continual opportunities to consolidate students’ animal handling skills. The nearby University Farm also allows all students to become involved in lambing and dairy management.
- Course to consider: Vet. M.B (hons) Veterinary Medicine
6. University of Bristol
The University of Bristol’s veterinary school offers three undergraduate degrees, one taught masters programme and have been training veterinary professionals for over 50 years. In the School of Veterinary Sciences, academics are leaders in their field, whose research helps inform national policies that can lead to developments within veterinary practice. The School’s programmes are accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association and it is rated highly in the National Student Survey 2020 for overall student satisfaction (97%).
- Course to consider: BVSc Veterinary Science: Accelerated Graduate Entry
7. University of Surrey
The School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Surrey is the UK's newest veterinary school. State-of-the-art facilities worth £45 million include a Veterinary Clinical Skills Centre, Veterinary Pathology Centre and modern lecture theatres and laboratories. The School achieved 100% student satisfaction in the National Student Survey 2019 and continues to go from strength to strength. Graduates can register with the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) to work as veterinary surgeons upon completion of their degree.
- Course to consider: BVMSci (hons) Veterinary Medicine and Science
8. Royal Veterinary College
The Royal Veterinary College is a globally renowned top UK and European vet school. It is the first veterinary school in the UK, and the only one worldwide, to achieve full accreditation by the European Association of Establishments for Veterinary Education (EAEVE) and the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA).
An equine clinic and referral hospital, farm animal centre and post-mortem hall are available for students to use.86% of recent Veterinary Medicine students found work or went for further studies within six months of graduation.
- Course to consider: BVetMed (hons) Veterinary Medicine
Careers in Veterinary Medicine
A vet can specialise in a specific field of animal care, such as oncology or surgery, and pursue a career as a veterinary physician. Other career paths include animal nutritionist carers, working in research or education or as a scientific journalist.
Why Study Veterinary Medicine at a UK University?
Studying veterinary medicine in the UK will equip students with the knowledge and skills to help with the wellbeing and treatment of animals. Taught modules include anatomy, physiology, genetics, animal behaviour, animal husbandry, nutrition, public health and epidemiology.
Study Veterinary Medicine in the UK
Enhance your future prospects by studying veterinary medicine in one of these UK universities. Book your free consultation with SI-UK India to learn more and apply to study veterinary medicine in the UK.
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