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Veterinary Science at Liverpool consistently
ranks highly in The Times Good University
Guide and the National Student Survey.

Veterinary Science
Admissions Office
The University of Liverpool
Liverpool L69 7ZJ
Faculty enquiries

The Admissions Sub-Dean
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A member of the Russell Group
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Contents                                  Veterinary Science
Introduction to Veterinary Science
Focus on research
                                          Our vision is ‘to be a centre of regional,
An investment in your future         06   national and international excellence
Programme details                    08
Student finance                      16   in research and learning in animal
Applications and admissions          17   health and welfare’.
                                          Veterinary and Bioveterinary Science and their       Veterinary Science provides a friendly,
                                          allied subjects are amongst the most popular         familiar base for our students. Each student
                                          degree programmes in the UK and, arguably,           is assigned a Personal Tutor on entry into
                                          amongst the most exciting. With our ever-            our programmes. This tutor’s role is mainly
                                          expanding understanding of animal physiology         pastoral, but also encompasses academic
                                          and disease come greater opportunities               issues and personal development planning.
                                          to extend the boundaries of research,                A high staff-to-student ratio ensures easy
                                          development and intervention, and the chance         access to academic staff for guidance and
                                          not only to improve animal health and welfare,       learning support, and formal and informal
                                          but to share the results of our pioneering work      student feedback is strongly encouraged
                                          with our colleagues in human medicine.               throughout the programme. Every student
                                                                                               also has a student mentor from a senior year
                                          There is no doubt that the global demand for         who can advise them on social pursuits, and
                                          animal scientists will remain strong and will        further assistance is provided through the
                                          increase dramatically as affluence, and a            University’s Student Services and the
                                          concurrent increase in pet ownership,                Centre for Lifelong Learning.
                                          spreads across the globe. With travel and
                                          trade, the globe shrinks and new disease             The cost of living in Liverpool is low and
                                          threats increasingly become realities. These         there is ample good student accommodation
                                          are challenging times, and here at Liverpool         around the Liverpool campus and close
                                          we have created a dynamic, forward-thinking          to Leahurst.
                                          environment to keep our school at the forefront
                                          of technology and research. We aim to
                                          produce graduates who are able to respond
                                          to the changing demands of the animal world,
                                          and have widened the menu of undergraduate
                                          options, with an innovative BSc programme in
                                          Bioveterinary Science (the first of its kind to be
                                          taught in the UK) and intercalated degrees
                                          allowing greater specialisation for students
                                          with particular career paths in mind.
02         Welcome
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Why choose Veterinary Science?                  •Veterinary subjects can be studied at a         Why choose Bioveterinary Science?                Learning and teaching
• Liverpool is an obvious first choice for       university where there is close interaction     •The Bioveterinary Science programme at          The Bioveterinary Science programme
 Veterinary Science, combining over a            with medical and science faculties, in           Liverpool was the first degree of its kind to   includes a variety of learning and teaching
 century of experience as a veterinary school    particular Biological Sciences, creating an      be taught in a Veterinary Faculty.              methods with an emphasis on concept-driven
 with innovative approaches to teaching,         atmosphere which stimulates research                                                             learning. Students are encouraged to develop
 learning and research.
                                                                                                 •The Bioveterinary Science programme             research, practical and analytical skills that
                                                 interest and activity.                           helps to fill a growing demand for graduates
                                                                                                                                                  can be applied in later careers, further study
•We have first opinion practices and teaching   •In the Liverpool BVSc, the mixture of            equipped to work in the animal industries,
                                                                                                                                                  or research. The programme design
 hospitals for all the major species – small     problem-based learning with didactic             conservation, ecology, pharmaceutical and
                                                                                                                                                  incorporates lectures, laboratory classes,
 animal, farm animal and equine – including      teaching gives life-long problem-solving         biotechnology industries and agribusiness.
                                                                                                                                                  tutorials, problem-based learning sessions
 the world-renowned Philip Leverhulme            skills along with an essential knowledge         The programme was designed with the
                                                                                                                                                  and project work in all years of
 Equine Hospital and the state-of-the-art        base.                                            advice of consultants from these industries.
                                                                                                                                                  study. Small group teaching and self-directed
 Small Animal Teaching Hospital, which has                                                        The programme provides a variety of
 the most advanced facilities of any small      •Graduates with good, relevant Animal/Life        modules that permit the student to focus on
                                                                                                                                                  learning are used to awaken interest and
                                                 Science degrees may undertake the                                                                encourage further exploration in all areas.
 animal hospital in the UK.                                                                       molecular, biochemical and biotechnology
                                                 Liverpool BVSc in four years.                                                                    All learning is supported through the
                                                                                                  units or behavioural, ecological and
•The Faculty is based on a split site: our                                                                                                        provision of interactive material on VITAL
 students spend the first three preclinical     •Students are encouraged to make use of           environmental topics. This choice of
                                                 the range of opportunities for intercalated                                                      (Virtual Interactive Learning at Liverpool),
                                                                                                  modules allows the student to tailor his/her
 years at the city-centre campus, thus                                                                                                            the University’s Virtual Learning Environment.
                                                 degrees during the BVSc programme.               learning around specific, individual career
 benefiting from the full university                                                                                                              There is an emphasis in the final year on the
                                                                                                  aspirations and academic interests.
 experience, while the final two years          Learning and teaching                                                                             development of practical and transferable
 are spent at our clinical campus at            The BVSc Veterinary Science programme is         •The programme draws on the combined             skills including communication skills, IT,
 Leahurst on the Wirral peninsula.              delivered by a variety of teaching methods,       strengths of Veterinary Science and             research and laboratory skills providing our
                                                                                                  Biological Sciences, which is situated in the   graduates with a toolkit of skills immediately
•Liverpool is ideally situated for access       including lectures, seminars, practical
                                                                                                  new Biosciences Centre, a state-of-the-art
 to all the major species, and has close        classes, problem-based learning, clinical                                                         applicable to their future careers, further study
                                                case-based learning and individual research       teaching and research facility. The two         and research. The development of these skills
 associations with Chester Zoo.
                                                projects. Key skills are developed with           schools combine an impressive range of          is encouraged by individual project work in
•Successful completion of this programme        personal tutors via a programme of Personal       learning and teaching facilities with an        active research laboratories.
 leads to registration as a Member of the                                                         exceptional research-based environment.
                                                Development Planning. Specific learning
 Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons
 (MRCVS) and eligibility to practise as
                                                outcomes are negotiated for each EMS             •Veterinary Science-based modules take
                                                (extra-mural studies) placement, adding to        advantage of the clinical expertise and
 a veterinary surgeon in the UK and
                                                the overall learning experience on the course.    facilities in Veterinary Science.
 elsewhere in the EU.
                                                Individual interests are catered for by a
•Liverpool’s undergraduate veterinary           research project (which may be devised by
                                                                                                 •Upon successful completion of the
                                                                                                  Bioveterinary Science programme at
 curriculum is forward looking, with            the student) in Year Three, and clinical
                                                                                                  Liverpool, students are eligible to apply
 opportunities to study animal behaviour        elective weeks in Year Five.
                                                                                                  for a shortened BVSc programme
 and other topical issues such as
                                                                                                  (four years instead of five).
 communication skills, conservation,
 infectious diseases and public health.
04   Focus on research
                                                                                                                 Focus on research
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Focus on research                          A study by Dr Carri Westgarth and Professor
                                           Rosalind Gaskell has analysed which types
                                                                                             By gathering this data about the kind of
                                                                                             people that own dogs and how they look after

Academic staff within the Faculty          of people choose to keep dogs as pets, and
                                           how they interact with them both inside and
                                                                                             them, the researchers believe that they can
                                                                                             use this to explore the relationship between

of Veterinary Science are leading          outside the home. Dr Carri Westgarth of the
                                           Epidemiology Group, explains, “Such
                                                                                             dogs’ health and welfare and that of their
                                                                                             owners. Professor Ros Gaskell, of the Small

researchers in their fields. One current   interactions are not only important in the
                                           potential for disease transmission, but also in
                                                                                             Animal Infectious Diseases Group, said,
                                                                                             “Although there are few dog diseases that can

area of research is companion animal       terms of the human-companion animal bond,
                                           and animal behaviour and welfare.”
                                                                                             be transmitted to humans, and such cases
                                                                                             are relatively uncommon, information on how

epidemiology – the study of factors        The research, which has been published in
                                                                                             we interact with our dogs may be crucial to
                                                                                             know should any more virulent diseases
                                           BMC Veterinary Research and the Veterinary
influencing the health of animals that     Record, investigated dog ownership in more
                                                                                             emerge in the future.”

                                           than 1,200 households in a semi-rural
are kept as pets. Most of the diseases     community in Cheshire. It was found that one
                                           in four households owned a dog, and that
that pets suffer from only occur in that   families with school-age children and those
                                           with an adult female in the house were more
species – but in some instances they       likely to have dogs than those with very young
                                           children or elderly people. The most common
can be transmitted to people, thus         place for the dog to sleep was the kitchen, but
                                           one in seven slept on a human bed always or
impacting on human health.                 often, indicating the very close physical and
                                           psychological bond between some dogs and
                                           their owners. The majority of dogs were fed
                                           in the kitchen, and most (85%) received
                                           commercial dog ‘treats’ sometimes or often.
                                           Human food titbits were also frequently given,
                                           generally from the hand (62%), or in their bowl
                                           (69%) – although 11% were given these direct
                                           from the human plate.
06         An investment in your future
                                                                                                                                                                 Student profile
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An investment in your future
Veterinary Science (D100/D101)                     Many Bioveterinary Science graduates
The vast majority of veterinary students find      choose to apply to Veterinary Science
employment within six months of graduation.
Most newly-qualified vets will be employed
                                                   programmes at Liverpool, at other Veterinary
                                                   Schools in the UK and, in some cases,                                                               STUDENT
by private veterinary practices, although
others take up employment with animal
                                                   overseas. At Liverpool most Bioveterinary
                                                   Science graduates will be eligible for a
charities, veterinary laboratories, industry or    shortened ‘2-in-1’ programme which enables
government service. Some students, mainly          them to combine the first two years of study
those who have intercalated, go on to further      and complete the BVSc degree programme         I’ve wanted to be a vet ever since I could crawl. During my five
study or to develop careers in research. Many,     in four years.                                 madcap years at Liverpool, I tried to live my degree to the full,
however, choose to consolidate their skills in
practice for a year or two before exploring        Typical types of work undertaken by            using holidays and work experience time to work with elephants
other areas of the profession.                     graduates with a BSc in Bioveterinary          in Sri Lanka, dogs and cats in Thailand and farm animals in India.
Bioveterinary Science (D900)
                                                                                                  The variety of veterinary subjects covered by the Liverpool course,
                                                   From the first cohort to graduate:
The Bioveterinary Science programme is                                                            and its basis of learning from first principles gave me the confidence
                                                   • 40% have gone on to study Veterinary
designed to equip students with the skills and
                                                    Science (at Liverpool and elsewhere)          to apply myself to new challenges every day. The support I received
the knowledge to contribute at all levels to the
maintenance, management and welfare of             • 22% have gone on to PhD studentship
                                                                                                  as a student led to my graduation as a vet, and four months working
animals. Graduates will be ideally suited for       programmes                                    at the India Project for Animals and Nature. I returned to the UK
careers in the animal associated industries
including: biotechnology, pharmaceuticals          • 19% have gone on to careers in               to work in a mixed practice in Lincolnshire, where I am currently,
                                                    science/biotechnology                         until I go abroad again. If you have a passion for animals and their
and nutrition as well as for positions in the
areas of conservation, agriculture, animal         • 15% have gone on to other/further degrees    welfare, can think on your feet, and love talking to people, then you
welfare and public health. Bioveterinary            (e.g. Medicine, MSc, PGCE)
Science graduates will also have the skills                                                       can be a vet, regardless of your culture.
                                                   • 4% have gone on to other careers
to take advantage of further education and                                                        ANISHA AIYAPPA
training opportunities. Registration for a PhD                                                    Degree: Veterinary Science BVSc
could lead to a career as a research scientist,                                                   Current Employment: Mixed practice in Lincolnshire
while a PGCE could help fill the growing need
for Science teachers in the UK.
08         Programme details
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Programme details                                                                 Veterinary Science BVSc
                                                                                  UCAS CODE: D100
                                                                                                                                                Entrance requirements –
                                                                                                                                                further information
                                                                                                                                                An Upper second (2:1) or better Honours
                                                                                  Programme Length: 5 years
                                                                                                                                                degree for graduate entry. Knowledge base
                                                                                  Typical Offer: The requirements below are a guide             equivalent to A level Chemistry and Biology.
 Degrees at a glance                                           UCAS Code   Page   and can change. Please see
                                                                                  undergraduate/courses for current information.                Please note that all BVSc students with a first
 Single Honours                                                                                                                                 degree are liable for full fees. For a limited
                                                                                  A level:            AAB + B in one
 •Veterinary Science BVSc                                      D100        09                         further AS or A level                     number of graduates with appropriate
                                                                                  Scottish Higher /   AAB (Advanced Higher only)                Life/Animal Sciences degrees, we offer the
 •Veterinary Science with Intercalated Honours Year BSc/BVSc   D101        12
                                                                                  Advanced Higher:                                              option of completing the first two years of the
 •Bioveterinary Science BSc (Hons)                             D900        13
                                                                                  International       36 (three subjects at                     course in one year with limited exemptions
                                                                                  Baccalaureate:      higher level 6, 6, 6)                     from parts of the course.
  •Veterinary Science
                                                                                  Advanced            Accepted, along with 2 A levels at AB,
                                                                                  Welsh Diploma:      comprising Biology and one other          42 days of extra-mural studies must also be
The entrance requirements listed in this                                                              academic science-related subject,         completed, as agreed with the Faculty, in the
brochure are correct at the time of going to                                                          plus one further AS level at grade B.
                                                                                                      If Chemistry is not offered at A level,
                                                                                                                                                Summer preceding entry in order to be able to
press. You should always check our website                                                                                                      undertake this option. Eligibility for this option
                                                                                                      it must be offered at AS level.
or current Undergraduate Prospectus for                                                                                                         is determined on a case-by-case basis.
                                                                                  Irish Leaving       AAAABB
the relevant year’s entrance requirements.                                        Certificate:                                                  Contact the Admissions Office for further
                                                                                  BTEC National       DDD overall in Animal Science/            information.
                                                                                  Diploma:            Animal Management plus AS level
                                                                                                      Grade B in science subject                Work experience
                                                                                  14-19 Advanced      Not accepted                              We require a bare minimum of ten weeks’
   I currently work for Animal Health (formerly the State Veterinary              Diploma:                                                      varied work experience.
                                                                                  Access:             Applications considered – please
   Service) as an Animal Health Officer. The job entails a wide variety of                            contact the Admissions Sub-               • A minimum of four weeks in at least two
   work ranging from blood sampling as part of the National Scrapie Plan                              Dean for list of approved courses           different UK or Irish veterinary practices;
   and Gamma Interferon testing, to dealing with farmers and the wider            General Studies:    Only as fourth subject at AS              AND
                                                                                                      or A level
   agricultural industry. My time at Liverpool prepared me well for my
                                                                                  Subject             3 A levels in Biology, one other          • A minimum of six weeks’ experience of a
   current job. I particularly enjoyed the third year public health and           requirements:       academic science-related subject            number of different animal establishments
   parasitology modules, which have proved to be very relevant.                                       and any other subject, excluding            other than veterinary practices within the UK
                                                                                                      General Studies and Critical
   As a small group of students, the Biovet course has a lot to offer                                 Thinking which is acceptable                and Ireland e.g. farms, stables, kennels etc.
   in terms of quality teaching and a great atmosphere in the Faculty.                                as the fourth subject at A or AS level.     Work in zoos, laboratories, animal rescue
                                                                                                      If Chemistry is not offered at A level,     centres, abattoirs or abroad is encouraged,
                                                                                                      grade B at AS level is required. A good     but is not to constitute the majority of the
                                                                                                      range of GCSEs, including grade B
   Degree: Bioveterinary Science BSc (Hons)                                                           in Maths, English and Physics or            work experience. Significant experience of
                                                                                                      Dual Science (including Physics).           UK management systems is required.
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UCAS choices                                  Year Three 8 compulsory modules                   Years One and Two                                   Intercalated Degrees
Candidates should select only four            120 CATS points                                   During the preclinical course, through              If students would like to study a subject in
programmes for Veterinary Science. The                                                          studying subjects including cell biology,           greater depth, they may spend a year in this
remaining choice should be used for
                                              •Infectious diseases                              genetics, systems physiology, anatomy,              faculty, another faculty or another university
applications to other degree programmes.      •Applied infectious diseases (1⁄ 2)               tissue and organ structure and function,            to obtain an additional Honours degree. This
This will not prejudice applications for      •Veterinary parasitology and public health        neuroscience, reproduction and animal               can be done after the second or third years of
Veterinary Science. Candidates should not                                                       maintenance, students learn about systems           the programme. Students wishing to pursue
apply to both D100 and D101 at Liverpool      •Applied veterinary parasitic diseases (1⁄ 2)     and concepts, and also about animal                 this option should give careful consideration
on the same UCAS application.                 •Pathology I                                      industries. They acquire practical laboratory       to applying for the six-year programme, D101.
                                                                                                skills and experience in animal handling.           Depending on availability, intercalation may
Year One 8 compulsory modules                 •Pathology II                                                                                         be possible on the D100 programme.
120 CATS points                               •Veterinary epidemiology and public health I      Year Three
                                                                                                The paraclinical course introduces students
• Concepts in cell biology                    •Veterinary epidemiology and public health II     to disease processes and the concepts of
                                                                                                                                                    Independent eye
• Genetics and genomics                                                                                                                             Quality Assurance Agency,
                                              •Project                                          epidemiology and public health through the
                                                                                                                                                    Subject Review Report
• Introduction to systems                                                                       study of pathology together with infectious
                                              Year Four                                                                                             The Faculty operates an equal opportunities
 physiology – cellular support                                                                  and parasitic diseases.
                                                                                                                                                    policy in recruitment, supported by a careful
• Limbs                                       •Clinical rotations                               Years Four and Five                                 admissions process. Students clearly acquire
                                              •Clinical theory programme                        The clinical course covers all the major            the knowledge, skills and attitudes which the
• Basic embryology, basic tissues and                                                                                                               Faculty aims to develop. Employers are
 thoracic systems (cardiovascular system)                                                       species through a series of practical rotations.
                                              Year Five                                         There is also the opportunity for elective          positive about students’ high level of
• Thoracic, excretory and endocrine systems   •Clinical rotations                               study to allow an element of specialisation.        knowledge and skills.
• Animals in their environment                                                                  Candidates who have successfully completed
                                              •Electives                                        the first three years of the programme but
• Whole animal design and function             – Equine Studies
                                                                                                who, for whatever reason, withdraw from the         •a dynamic and evolving undergraduate
                                               – Farm Animal Studies                                                                                 curriculum, open to changes within the
                                                                                                programme without gaining their BVSc are
Year Two 8 compulsory modules                  – Small Animal Studies                                                                                profession and in educational research
                                                                                                eligible for an Honours degree of BSc in
120 CATS points
                                              Programme outline                                 Animal Science.                                     •high quality of teaching... increasingly wide
•Molecular and cellular basis of disease      The first three years of the BVSc programme                                                            variety of learning methods
                                                                                                Extra-mural studies
•Gastrointestinal tract biology               provide a groundwork of preclinical and
                                                                                                In order to broaden their experience, students      •diversity of backgrounds of the student
•Neuroscience and neuropharmacology           paraclinical skills. The fourth and final years                                                        population
                                                                                                are required to spend time working on farms,
                                              are clinical, and are based at the Leahurst
•Anatomy of the head, oral cavity, nutrient   campus. Students acquire the relevant
                                                                                                in stables and in kennels/catteries in the early    •high level of students’ knowledge and skills
 metabolism and pharmacology                                                                    vacations of the programme. From the third
                                              knowledge, skills and experience through a
                                                                                                year onwards students work with practising
                                                                                                                                                    •multi-faceted nature of student support
•Veterinary biodiversity                      blend of lectures and seminars, problem-                                                               and guidance provided in a mutually
                                                                                                veterinary surgeons. Extra-mural study
                                              based learning in groups, individual project                                                           supportive Faculty
•Reproduction                                                                                   continues throughout the programme, and by
                                              work and clinical rotations in teams. On
                                                                                                the time students sit their final exams they will   •clear strategy for learning resources, with
•Animal maintenance                           completion, graduates are automatically
                                                                                                have obtained at least 26 weeks (the minimum         ambitious plans for future development
                                              eligible for membership of the Royal College
•Integrative and applied veterinary           of Veterinary Surgeons.
                                                                                                required by the RCVS) of clinical experience in     •the importance accorded to feedback from
 biology (1⁄ 2)                                                                                 veterinary practices, research/investigation         students demonstrated by their full
                                                                                                laboratories and some abattoir work. Some            participation in the Faculty’s procedures.
•Introduction to veterinary
 epidemiology (1⁄ 2)                                                                            extra-mural study may be undertaken abroad.
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Veterinary Science with                                      Programme outline                                 Bioveterinary Science BSc (Hons)                           Programme structure
Intercalated Honours Year BSC/BVSc                           The content and teaching/learning is the          UCAS CODE: D900                                            The programme offers a wide range of
UCAS CODE: D101                                              same as the BVSc as outlined on the previous      Programme Length:                3 years                   module options carefully chosen from
Programme                                                    page, but with the addition of an intercalated                                                               Veterinary Science and Biological Sciences.
                                                                                                               Typical Offer: The requirements below are a guide
Length:            6 years                                   Honours BSc year, normally after the second       and can change. Please see            From Year Two, in addition to general
Typical Offer: The requirements below are a guide            or third year of the BVSc programme,              undergraduate/courses for current information.             modules, whole animal/ecology/conservation
and can change. Please see              providing the opportunity for in-depth study      A level:                         BBB                       (blue text) and molecular/biochemical (red
undergraduate/courses for current information.               through the Honours project (including the                                                                   text) threads are identified for students that
                                                                                                               Scottish Higher/                 BBB (Advanced
A level:           AAB + B in one                            BSc Veterinary Conservation Medicine and          Advanced Higher:                 Higher only)              wish to specialise, but students can select
                   further AS or A level                     MSc Veterinary Infection and Disease Control                                                                 from any of these modules.
                                                                                                               International Baccalaureate:     32 (Higher Biology
Scottish Higher/ AAB (Advanced                               courses offered by this Faculty).                                                  6 one other Higher
Advanced Higher: Higher only)                                                                                                                   Science 5)                Year One 8 modules 120 CATS points
International      36 (three subjects                        This degree programme is aimed at students        Advanced Welsh Diploma:          Accepted, along with
Baccalaureate:     at higher level 6,6,6)
                                                             whose inclinations are towards academic or                                         2 A levels at BB, which   • 7 compulsory modules (5 Bioveterinary
Advanced Welsh     Accepted, along with 2 A levels at                                                                                           must be two academic       Science, 2 Biological Sciences)
                                                             research careers. Candidates should not                                            science-related
Diploma:           AB, comprising Biology and one
                   other academic science-related            apply to both D100 and D101 on the same                                            A levels including        • 1 optional Biological Sciences module
                   subject, plus one further AS level        UCAS application.                                                                  Biology. If Chemistry
                   at grade B. If Chemistry is not                                                                                              is not offered at         Semester One
                   offered at A level, it must be offered                                                                                       A/AS level, GCSE          • Concepts in cell biology, molecular
                                                             Entrance requirements
                   at AS level.                                                                                                                 grade B is required.
                                                             (See D100 entrance requirements.)                                                                             biology and pharmacology
Irish Leaving                                                                                                  Irish Leaving Certificate:       BBBBBB
Certificate:       AAAABB                                    Further information                               BTEC National Diploma:           Applications              • Introduction to systems biology –
BTEC National      DDD overall in Animal Science/                                                                                               considered                 cellular support
                                                             NOTE: Candidates for this programme
Diploma:           Animal Management plus AS level                                                             14-19 Advanced Diploma:          Not accepted
                   Grade B in science subject
                                                             should have a long-term interest in Veterinary                                                               • Animals in their environment
                                                             Research. They would be expected to have          Access:                          See below*
14-19 Advanced
                                                                                                               General Studies:                 Not accepted
                                                                                                                                                                          • Practical skills
Diploma:           Not accepted                              undertaken work experience in a research or
                                                             science environment in addition to or as part     Subject requirements:            At least two science      • Quantitative biology I
Access:            Applications considered - please
                                                             of the required six weeks.                                                         A levels including
                   contact the Admissions Sub-Dean
                                                                                                                                                Biology. If Chemistry     Semester Two
                   for list of approved courses
                                                                                                                                                is not offered at
General Studies:   Only as fourth subject at AS or A level                                                                                      A/AS level GCSE
                                                                                                                                                                          • Genetics and genomics
Subject            3 A levels in Biology, one other                                                                                             grade B is required.      • Tissues and cells
requirements:      science and any other subject,                                                                                               Work experience
                   excluding General Studies and                                                                                                is helpful.               • Whole animal design and function
                   Critical Thinking. Either is acceptable
                   as the fourth subject at A or AS level.
                                                                                                               Key Contact: Admissions Sub-Dean                           • Biochemical methods
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                   If chemistry is not offered at A level,                                                                                                                • Experimental design and analysis
                   grade B at AS level is required.
                   GCSE grade B in Maths, English
                   and Physics or Dual Science                                                                * Please see                    One from:
                   (including Physics)                                                                                                                                    • Microbes and the environment
Brochure:            Veterinary Science
                                                                                                                                                                          • Reproduction, development and ageing
Key Contact: Admissions Sub-Dean
T: +44 (0)151 794 4797
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Year Two 8 modules 120 CATS points            Semester Two                                   Year Three 8 modules 120 CATS points          • Infectious diseases
• 4 compulsory Bioveterinary                  • Veterinary biodiversity                      • 1 compulsory Research Skills module         • Veterinary parasitology and public health
  Science modules                             • Animal maintenance                           • Research Project (2 modules)                • Veterinary epidemiology and public health
• 4 optional modules chosen from              Four from:                                     • 5 optional modules chosen from a
  a selection of Biological Sciences                                                                                                       Semester Two
                                                                                              selection of Biological Sciences and
  and Bioveterinary Science modules           • Natural resources: depletion,                                                              • Project (double module)
                                               pollution and toxicology                       Bioveterinary Sciences modules
Semester One                                                                                                                               Two from:
• Quantitative biology II                     • Microbial biotechnology                      Semester One
                                              • Animal behaviour and socio-biology           • Research skills                             • Biochemical messengers
• Molecular and cellular basis of disease                                                                                                   and signal transduction
• Reproduction                                • Biochemistry of disease                      Three from:
                                                                                                                                           • Oncogenes and cancer
                                              • Evolutionary and ecological genetics         • Gene expression
Two from:                                                                                                                                  • Molecular medicine
                                              • Protein biotechnology                        • Comparative physiology
• Population ecology and pest control                                                                                                      • Animal behaviour
                                              • Advanced techniques in zoology (practical)   • Conservation biology
• From genes to proteins                                                                                                                   • Developmental biology
                                              • Investigative methods: disturbed             • Ecology, management and conservation
• Ecology of freshwaters                       environments (practical)                       of freshwaters                               • Cognitive evolution
• Microbial physiology                        • Advanced biochemical techniques
• Molecular sciences (practical)                (practical)
• Techniques in cell biology (practical)      • Advanced genetic techniques (practical)         I decided to do the Bioveterinary course because I wanted to study a subject
• Biodiversity practical skills (practical)   • Advanced microbiological techniques             which was related to animals and science but wasn’t veterinary medicine -
                                               (practical)                                      it was the perfect choice really! What I loved most about the course was
                                              • Introduction to veterinary epidemiology         its flexibility to design your own career pathway. You gain a wide range
                                                                                                of knowledge on the course as it is run jointly by Biological Sciences and
                                              • Veterinary neuroscience and                     Veterinary Sciences. You come out of the course with a wide range of
                                                                                                skills which you can apply to a whole host of jobs.
                                                                                                Once I graduated, I decided to stay on at Liverpool to study an MRes in
                                                                                                Conservation Biology. From this, I have now decided that I want to apply
                                                                                                my knowledge and teach science at secondary school. The Bioveterinary
                                                                                                degree has enabled me to do this and has helped me gain a place on a
                                                                                                postgraduate teaching course.
                                                                                                Liverpool is a fantastic city to study in as it is vibrant and really student-
                                                                                                friendly. The night life is brilliant and there is always something going on!
                                                                                                I am 280 miles from my home town but I always felt at home whilst
                                                                                                studying in Liverpool.
                                                                                                VICKI HOLDEN
                                                                                                Degree: Bioveterinary Science BSc (Hons)
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