Non-UK entry requirements
The application process for international students is the same as it is for domestic students, with all applications made through UCAS. The standard of grades required is also the same, but the equivalent grades will need to be determined for the international qualifications used to apply. All UK vet schools are experienced in considering a wide variety of public examination systems from around the world. If you are studying for non-UK qualifications, you should refer to each veterinary school’s website for further details about entry requirements. Should you not find your qualifications listed, contact the admissions department of your chosen veterinary school for advice.
Veterinary schools will consider a certificate of equivalence for qualifications that are not considered. You must contact UKNARIC to see if your qualifications can be converted into a certificate of equivalence.
Visas and immigration
Gaining entry clearance is compulsory for everyone wishing to enter the UK as a student. Students require a Tier 4 visa. Information on applying for this on this can be found on UK Visas and Immigration website. For more information on visa and immigration issues, visit the UK Council for International Student Affairs.
If you are applying from outside the UK and you do not speak English as your first language then you are required to provide evidence of your English language proficiency. This requirement applies to both international and EU/EEA students. Many veterinary schools will prefer, or expect you to take the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). There are two versions of IELTS, the Academic test and the General Training test. You will need to complete the Academic test, which is for those who wish to study. Most veterinary schools will require a minimum score as part of their entry requirements, which will be listed on their websites.
The IELTS can be taken in over 500 locations worldwide and there is a set fee for sitting it. To find your nearest test centre, visit the IELTS website.
The recognition of UK veterinary degrees in the EU post-Brexit
The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) have explained that UK veterinary degrees are no longer automatically recognised in EU Member States. Instead, UK-based qualifications will be interpreted according to the laws and regulations in each member state, so some countries may no longer recognise UK veterinary graduates as equally qualified to graduates who trained within a country presently in the European Union (EU). Graduates working in the EU who qualified at a UK veterinary school may find they are required to take an exam to register as a veterinarian. This impacts the licensure of all vets, including those who graduated some time ago.
RCVS now include a link on their ‘Registration’ webpage with signposting to requirements for registering to be a vet in each EU country.