The veterinary medicine degree can be referred to in different ways, such as ‘veterinary science’ and ‘veterinary medicine and surgery’. Veterinary medicine degrees have different names, but they fit into five types.
Five years’ duration, except at Cambridge, where a six-year course incorporates the award of the equivalent of an intercalated degree after the first three years.
Designed for those who already have a biology-related degree. Successful applicants are permitted to begin in the second year of the standard degree, making the graduate accelerated degree four years long (or five years at Cambridge).
For applicants who have achieved highly in their qualifications but who have not taken the required science subjects. An additional year at the start of the degree provides the required tuition, making it six years in total. Not available at all veterinary schools.
For applicants from disadvantaged backgrounds. An additional year at the beginning brings these students to the level of others. It is six years in total. Not available at all veterinary schools.
These can vary between veterinary schools, but often they are for applicants taking a standard degree who wish to take a year out of the course to study an area of interest in depth, including a research project, leading to the award of an intercalated degree on graduation.