Veterinary Medicine

University of Glasgow


Garscube Campus


Years 1 and 2: In the first two years of the programme you will acquire fundamental knowledge and develop the skills and attitudes on which the following years of your training are based. During this initial phase, you will relate anatomy to function for healthy domestic animals, as well as looking at the underlying cellular process involved. You will gain an insight into common husbandry practice and animal breeding and how these impact on the animals we care for. Your professional training starts at the beginning of year 1 as you begin classes in fundamental animal handling techniques, learn skills such as suturing and develop your communication skills culminating in the art of history taking and clinical examination.

At the end of the first two years you will have a sound working knowledge of healthy domestic animals and you will have developed the fundamental skills you will require as you move towards learning based more in professional environments.

Year 3: The third year is centred around the understanding of the basis of disease considering infectious agents, how bodies react in disease and what this looks like to the veterinary clinician. Your professional training is focused on preparing for increasing clinical exposure.

Year 4: This is followed in fourth year by courses covering aspects of medicine, surgery and public health. Associated practical sessions allow clinical cases to be examined and discussed in detail.

Year 5: In your final year there are no formal lectures and the emphasis is on small group clinical teaching covering all the common species of domestic animals. During this time you will be involved in all aspects of work in our busy referral hospitals. You will also gain first-hand experience in one of several practices linked to the veterinary school such as the busy small animal clinic at the People’s Dispensary for Sick Animals in Glasgow, and you may choose to spend time in residence at a large veterinary practice in Lanark.

Entry Requirements

2020 entry requirements

Standard entry: Advanced Higher Biology and Chemistry at BB plus 5 Highers at AAAAB (at the end of S5) including Chemistry at A, Biology and Maths or Physics.

Widening access entry: Advanced Higher Biology and Chemistry at BB plus 5 Highers at AAABB (at the end of S5) including Chemistry at A, Biology and Maths or Physics. Concessions may be made to S6 grades required for applicants successful at interview. Successful completion and grades in the Reach Programme.

Entry is subject to interview.

Start Date






Study Method

Full time



Course Length

5 years


College of Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences


Veterinary Medicine

SCQF Level



Career Sectors


Aquaculture and Fishing

Arboriculture and Horticulture

Earth Studies

Environmental and Rural Resource Management

Environmental Services


Work with Animals