Veterinary Schools in the United Kingdom

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While veterinary programs in the United States and Caribbean are quite popular, you should not forget to consider several quality options in the United Kingdom.  There are currently 8 accredited veterinary schools in the United Kingdom (which includes Wales, England, Scotland, and Northern Ireland). 

Veterinary degrees in the United Kingdom generally take five to six years to complete and places in each class are in high demand.

  Veterinary Industry News reported that approximately 9,000 students applied for just 1,000 available openings in UK vet schools in 2012.  Here is a brief overview of each United Kingdom veterinary program:

ENGLAND

University of Bristol School of Veterinary Medicine

The University of Bristol veterinary program has been in existence for over 50 years.  The school receives about 1,350 applications each year and accepts approximately 150 students in each class.  The school is particularly known for its work in veterinary science and animal behavior and welfare.  It also has close ties with the Langford Abattoir, a part of the Meat Research Institute.

University of Cambridge Veterinary School

While the University of Cambridge is one of the oldest universities in the world, founded in 1209, its veterinary program was established fairly recently (in 1949).  The program accepts just 70 students for each class; this is the smallest class size amongst all of the veterinary schools in the United Kingdom.

  Cambridge materials emphasize that the high faculty to student ratio ensures personalized attention and quality education.  The Cambridge program takes a full six years to complete (unlike the five years required by other UK programs).  Students in their third year complete a BA degree in a science area of their choice.

University of Liverpool School of Veterinary Science

The University of Liverpool veterinary program was established in 1905 and offers a four year veterinary science degree.  Approximately 170 students are accepted each year.  Materials for the school emphasize that it is the only British veterinary program to have two on site working farms, two referral hospitals, and three first opinion practices.

University of London Royal Veterinary College

The Royal Veterinary College (at the University of London) is the largest and oldest college of its kind amongst English speaking countries, established in 1792.  The school is accredited by all major professional bodies including the American Veterinary Medical Association, the European Association of Establishments of Veterinary Education, the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, the Australian Veterinary Boards Council, and the Society of Biology.  The school receives about 1300 applications annually, and approximately 150 students enter the program each year.

University of Nottingham School of Veterinary Medicine and Science

The University of Nottingham’s vet school was established in 2006, making it one of the newest UK veterinary programs.

  Approximately 130 students are accepted into the school each year.  Both five and six year veterinary program options are available.

University of Surrey School of Veterinary Medicine

The University of Surrey’s School of Veterinary Medicine was established in 2014, making it the newest addition to the United Kingdom’s collection of veterinary programs.  The school boasts state of the art facilities for teaching and research, which were recently constructed at a cost of more than 45 million pounds.  It is working through the final details of accreditation with the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons.

SCOTLAND

University of Edinburgh Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies

The Royal School of Veterinary Studies at the University of Edinburgh was established in 1823.  It was named the top veterinary program in the United Kingdom in the last two Research Excellence Framework (REF) educational evaluation surveys (2008 and 2014).

  Approximately 170 students are accepted into the veterinary program each year.

University of Glasgow School of Veterinary Medicine

The University of Glasgow established its School of Veterinary Medicine in 1862.  It is accredited by several organizations including the American Veterinary Medical Association, the European Association of Establishments of Veterinary Education, the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, and the Australian Veterinary Boards Council.  Approximately 125 students enter the program each year.