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Aberystwyth Vet School

Overview of Aberystwyth Vet School


Aberystwyth Vet School's jointly hosted Bachelor of Veterinary Science (BVSc) degree offers a unique opportunity to train at both the Royal Veterinary College (RVC) and Aberystwyth University. This exciting new course combines the scientific and clinical expertise from both organisations to help students gain wide-ranging veterinary training, and it will be especially appealing to those interested in veterinary careers within Wales or in rural mixed practice due to its location.


Course Structure

Teaching is organised in strands. These strands are visited on multiple occasions, initially focusing on the healthy animal, and progressing through diseases of different systems, their investigation and management. There are also non-system strands that focus on the underpinning science and the impact of animal disease on public health.

In the first two years you will be based in the heart of Wales at Aberystwyth University, studying the biology underpinning veterinary sciences, acquiring basic farm animal, horse and companion animal handling and examination skills, developing your communication, problem solving and team working skills. Aberystwyth University has a long history of animal health teaching and research and is committed to educational excellence.

In your third, fourth and fifth years you will be based at the RVC’s Hawkshead Campus in Potters Bar (Hertfordshire) where you will acquire the advanced knowledge and practical skills in the clinical sciences necessary for you to become a registerable veterinarian. During this period your clinical training will be undertaken in a range of the RVC’s clinical facilities and affiliated veterinary practices as well as a specific rotation at Aberystwyth university veterinary school focused on production animal issues relevant to Wales. This is a great university of veterinary medicine. 

The RVC has three outstanding academic and clinical departments. Lecturers at Aberystwyth University and the RVC in each department are not only world-class researchers and clinicians who are passionate about their field; they are highly qualified teaching professionals. At Aberystwyth University Veterinary School, students will benefit from the extensive university farms, Lluest Equine Centre and other teaching facilities.

From first to the third year:

  • Principles of Science

  • Locomotor

  • Cardiovascular and respiratory

  • Urogenital: renal

  • Urogenital: reproduction

  • Alimentary system

  • Neurology and special senses

  • Lymphoreticular and haematopoietic

  • Skin

  • Population medicine and veterinary public health (PMVPH)

  • Scholarship evidence-based medicine.

During the fourth and fifth years: The majority of teaching during the fourth and fifth years of the programme is in the form of clinical rotations, where you will work in small groups in a variety of clinical environments. Students participate in both intramural rotations and ClinEMS placements across species and disciplines. They will also undertake a research project of their choice.

What Makes Aberystwyth Vet School Unique?

As Aberystwyth Vet School has been very recently established (2021), you would benefit from state of the art facilities and a newly designed course. 

The rural setting would make this particularly appealing to students interested in farm/mixed practice, and having this alongside the final three years of study being undertaken at the Royal Veterinary College (ranked as the world’s number one veterinary school in the QS World University Rankings by subject, 2019) means that you can get the best of both worlds.

Aberystwyth Veterinary Medicine Course Entry Requirements


At least five GCSEs at grade A (7) including AA in Science (Double Award) / 7-7 in Combined Science or Biology and Chemistry or Science and Additional Science with at least a grade 6 (B) in English Language or Welsh Language, Mathematics and Physics (if taken as a separate GCSE).

A Levels

AAA (Biology at grade A, Chemistry at grade A and a third subject of your choice which should not overlap with Biology or Chemistry also at grade A).


766 at Higher Level including Biology, Chemistry and a third subject of your choice.

Scottish Higher

Advanced Highers at grades AA in Biology & Chemistry in addition to 5 Highers at AAAAB grades including Biology & Chemistry and at least National 5 grade B in Physics, English & Mathematics. If you have bypassed Physics, English or Mathematics at National 5, you will need this subject/grade at Highers level.

Scottish Advanced


Aberystwyth Vet School Additional Examinations

None required - likely to change in upcoming years.


Course Information

Graduate Entry

Welsh Baccalaureate Applicants who achieve the Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate with grade A will be accepted with two A Levels (Biology at grade A and Chemistry at grade A).


Aberystwyth Vet School Work Experience Requirements

70 hours


How Does Aberystwyth Vet School Look At The Personal Statement?

As additional examinations have not yet been described by Aberystwyth Vet School, it is likely that your personal statement will be used to assess your personal attributes and suitability for the course


Does This Medical School Have A Gateway or Foundation Year?


Aberystwyth Widening Participation


Offers of ABB at A Level (with an A in Biology or Chemistry) will be made to those meeting certain Widening Participation (WP) criteria - see the Aberystwyth Vet School website for details of these criteria and the equivalent grades in different examinations.



Aberystwyth Vet School Interviews

All applicants to this course must attend an interview if invited and cannot receive an offer without attending an interview. Interviews will be held at Aberystwyth University at a time to be confirmed.

The Aberystwyth Vet School interview structure/style for this year is yet to be confirmed.

Contact one of our admissions team members today for free advice on your application

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