Studying for a veterinary degree in the UK

Study veterinary medicine in the UK - home to some of the world’s oldest veterinary schools.

For those interested in pursuing a scientific-based career, the veterinary field provides a diverse array of opportunities, with the chance to put cutting-edge clinical and research techniques into use on a daily basis. The UK has some of the world’s oldest vet schools, and is a hub of bioveterinary research and innovation in veterinary clinical practice. Studying for a veterinary degree in the UK will give you access to internationally-renowned veterinary researchers and clinicians, who are well-placed to provide the training you need for a veterinary career around the world. Graduates from UK vet schools work in scientific research, in practice, for global pharmaceutical companies and hold prominent positions in government departments in many countries.

The UK degree programme, which enables you to graduate as a practising veterinarian, is typically five years in length. Courses include in-depth study of the sciences - including anatomy, biochemistry and pathology - followed by intensive clinical training where students are exposed to the role of a vet through rotations in hospitals, veterinary practices and on agricultural facilities. Currently there are seven institutions offering the course in the UK:

  • The Royal Veterinary College (University of London)
  • University of Bristol
  • University of Cambridge
  • University of Liverpool
  • University of Nottingham
  • University of Edinburgh
  • University of Glasgow

All of the above are accredited by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS), which means that your degree will be recognised in a large number of countries around the world. The Royal Veterinary College, the University of Edinburgh and the University of Glasgow are also accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), which enables veterinary graduates from these institutions to also practice in North America.

For further information on the veterinary profession in the UK and applying to vet school, visit the RCVS website at - - or go to -

Julia Hewett
International Student Recruitment Manager
Royal Veterinary College (RVC) (UK)