The degree of BVSc enables you to acquire the professional skills, knowledge and experience necessary to qualify as a veterinary surgeon.
The first three years of the BVSc programme integrate preclinical subjects with clinical skills and problem solving. The fourth and final years are clinical, and are based at the Leahurst campus.
Candidates must select only four programmes for Veterinary Science. The remaining choice should be used for applications to other degree programmes. This will not prejudice your application.
Programme in detail
You will study the science of normal structure and function (cell biology, anatomy, physiology, genetics), how husbandry of individual animals and groups affects their health (nutrition, animal husbandry, animal behaviour), as well as the mechanisms and treatment of diseases (epidemiology, pharmacology, infectious diseases, pathology, parasitology and public health) in your first three years, alongside clinical and professional skills. You will also complete a research project. The clinical course includes 36 weeks of small group teaching (clinical rotations) in Years Four and Five, which are integrated with extra-mural studies (EMS). You have a choice of elective subjects, which are studied in greater depth. Currently 38 weeks of pre-clinical (husbandry), public health and clinical EMS are completed during the five-year programme. You receive special training in communication skills.
You may also undertake an intercalated degree, for example the BSc in Veterinary Conservation Medicine, and extend your programme.
Department Key Facts
Number of first year students
159 Year One undergraduates in 2016
UK league tables
• 2nd in the Guardian University Guide 2016
• 5th globally for Veterinary Science in QS World Rankings 2017
National Student Survey
97% overall student satisfaction (National Student Survey 2016)
Why this subject?
Enjoy an innovative and exciting programme of study
We’re built on over a century of innovation in teaching, learning and research and were the first university vet school and the first to offer a BVSc. Today this innovation continues: we have developed a forward looking undergraduate curriculum designed with the advice of consultants from several animal related industries, and regularly review our programme to ensure your learning is at the leading edge. The programme introduces clinical skills and animal handling from the first term, allowing students to develop their skills and knowledge over the five-year programme.
Gain early, practical experience in our farms, referral hospitals and first opinion practices
Our wide-ranging and unique on-site facilities offer you hands-on experience early in your studies. We’re distinct in the UK in that we have two farms, alongside three first-opinion practices and two referral hospitals on campus meaning you can get real experience of all aspects of veterinary practice: equine, large animal, and small animal. You’ll also benefit from our close associations with Chester Zoo.
Start your career with confidence
Your future prospects are strengthened through the Member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (MRCVS) recognition your programme offers you, and the reputation the University carries with your employers. We were number two in the recent Guardian league tables and our programme of continuing development can support you throughout your career.
Enjoy both city and rural lifestyles
Your first three years are spent at the city centre campus enjoying all Liverpool has to offer. Your final two clinical years are spent at the Leahurst campus, on the beautiful Wirral peninsula.