SRUC School of Veterinary Medicine
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Studying at SRUC School of Veterinary Medicine
Admission Information and Contact Details
As only the third Veterinary School in Scotland and the first in over 150 years, the SRUC School of Veterinary Medicine will prepare students for work in the increasingly important rural mixed practice, agricultural and food sectors.
We offer new pathway programmes aimed at those from rural backgrounds who are familiar with the agricultural sector but may not have – or been able to get – the required scientific foundations.
SRUC offers a comprehensive education model in veterinary care, incorporating the BVSci Veterinary Science programme, BSc (Hons) Veterinary Nursing, MRes Zoonoses and Epidemiology of Animal Infectious Diseases, HND Rural Animal Health, specialist postgraduate study, and study pathways offering progression routes through all levels.
There is an increased demand for skilled professionals at every level in the veterinary industry, from HND to BSc and BVSci. Future technicians, nurses and fully qualified vets will train alongside each other to become fully exposed to the ethos of ‘Vet-Led Teams’.
SRUC has a network of campuses, veterinary hubs and consulting offices across Scotland, as well as those of our partner organisations, to compliment the upgraded facilities at our Aberdeen campus. We focus on rural communities, engaged with the natural economy across Scotland.
100% of our Higher Education Veterinary Nursing graduates and Level 3 Diploma students secured employment at the end of their studies.
This BVSci programme has been designed to provide a new integrated model of veterinary education. The programme is tailored to address societal needs and promote graduate resilience through ‘real-world’ clinical training with partner practices operating in all areas within the veterinary profession.
You will learn alongside animal industry related professionals so that you will become advocates of the development of economically viable, appropriately skilled, Veterinary Teams. Within these teams you will be better placed to support each other in your professional careers. By developing a strong team ethos throughout the curriculum, you will be better able to negotiate the professions that you will be an integral part of.
The programme uses a distributed model to deliver a lecture-free final year based with our partners in industry and clinical practice. This model will enable you to reinforce and consolidate your theoretical learning with the invaluable practical experience that real world settings provide. You will find that this approach smooths the transition to the workplace and acts as a pathway to employment by connecting you with potential employers.
2 Advanced Highers at BB including one science subject (Chemistry, Physics, Biology) plus
5 Highers at AABBB including at least two science subjects (Chemistry, Physics, Biology, or Human Biology) plus
Achieving a minimum of 5 subjects at National 5 subjects (Grades A-C) including Maths/Applications of Maths (B) and English (C)
Recent and relevant work experience is also required.
No minimum amount of experience is required, with candidates being expected to demonstrate recent and relevant practical experience in primarily large animals (farm and horses) and veterinary practice environments, in line with the school’s mission.
SRUC recognises that an individual’s opportunities are very dependent on availability and their resources and if this has not been possible, please notify us directly.
Applicants will be asked to submit a Work Experience Summary and a Letter to the Head of School directly to SRUC. This information should include details of recent and relevant work experience in livestock industries as well as employment or charitable work demonstrating other ‘human skills’.
The Letter to the Head of School will be used to demonstrate your understanding of communities and the importance of these for rural and remote people and economies.
The final step of the admissions process is interviews. These will be an opportunity for you to discover more about the SRUC programme and for the admissions team to explore your understanding and aptitude for working as a veterinary professional supporting Scotland’s remote and rural communities.
Please visit our admissions pages for alternative routes to the BVSci.
This course blends academic study and clinical placement with an approved veterinary practice and allows registration as a qualified Veterinary Nurse once you’ve successfully completed it.
You’ll learn the competencies you need to undertake practical patient care and theatre duties, and regular clinical skills labs will prepare you for practical examinations.
Once you’ve successfully completed the general or Honours degree, including the required clinical placement within practice, you’ll be able to register as a Veterinary Nurse and begin to practice. Registration is awarded at the graduation ceremony by an RCVS representative.
Four Highers (BBBB) to include a literary subject (preferably English) and a science (biology, human biology, chemistry or physics), plus National 5s (A-C) or equivalent in English, maths and a science.
HNC or HND Animal Care or VCA along with the Group Award may also be considered along with National 5s (A-C) or equivalent in English, science and maths.
A minimum of 140 hours (four weeks) of experience in a veterinary practice is required prior to application. You’ll need to show evidence of at interview.
Any additional qualifications and/or work experience will also be advantageous when applying for this highly-competitive course.
Rural Animal Health
This HND is the first course of its kind in the UK and capitalises on the growing demand for Veterinary Technicians as a significant addition to Vet-led teams working in rural practice.
Other relevant career options include agricultural workers focused on livestock health, animal welfare officers, or animal feed analysis. With some further training, graduates could also become meat hygiene inspectors, cattle foot trimmers, or artificial inseminators.
The course will allow you to work both within a team and independently, performing procedures on multiple species of farm and rural animals.
The course is also our first pathway course into the BVSci Veterinary Science programme based at the Aberdeen Campus. It has been designed to offer a route to becoming a fully accredited veterinary practitioner to those who may not have the necessary academic qualifications upon leaving school but have experience or an interest in veterinary science and working in a rural setting.
3 Highers at BBC including 2 science subjects with B in Biology plus Nat 5 (A-C) in English, Maths, and a science subject.
Students who gain 30 credits with distinction + A’s in both Graded Units will be eligible to apply to the BVSci Veterinary Science.
The Masters of Science (MSc) course focuses on developing research in epidemiology of animal diseases and the transmission of zoonoses. The course is delivered through a global and Planetary Health context, illustrating the role of epidemiological sciences in addressing real world problems.
The course is designed for students to be able to develop their own skills and expertise, providing an opportunity to undertake two unique independent research projects. You will be supervised by internationally renowned experts in their field and immersed into a research team, making a real contribution to the advancement of knowledge in zoonotic diseases, infectious disease epidemiology and control.
The course is split across three semesters with the first focusing on the development of knowledge and skills essential to undertake bespoke research projects. In semesters 2 and 3 you will have the opportunity to undertake research projects in your own areas of interest.
The distance learning approach means that you can learn at your own pace, allowing flexibility for those who would like to combine study and work. Lectures are delivered during the day and are recorded, so students can watch on demand. However, some online content needs attendance at a specific time during the day, therefore the course requires some flexibility.
There are multiple opportunities to engage in online activities to develop skills and learn techniques in cutting edge analyses as applied to understanding the epidemiology of disease.
Occasional immersive study sessions at either the SRUC’s Aberdeen or Inverness campuses will be offered, and you can also access the campus laboratories and facilities for your research project work.
Students are expected to have at least one of the following:
- a second class (or above) degree or equivalent in life sciences, medicine, or veterinary medicine
- an HND or equivalent with at least three years’ experience working in a relevant area
- intercalation of fourth year veterinary students working at 2:1 or above from SRUC and other institutes
International students will require equivalent qualifications plus English language at IELTS 7.0.