Veterinary medicine takes a lot of hard work and mental stability. "Loving animals" isn't reason enough to want to do the degree, but it is certainly what keeps me going. We have a mixture of lectures and practical work, this changes for each year of the course. The subject is engaging and extremely diverse, learning about all aspects of science, animals, business, health, etc. So the possibilities once you finish the degree are endless. In the first few years, teaching is mainly done in the form of lectures, lab work, dissections, and other practicals which allow topics to be taught in a variety of ways to improve understanding. It is compulsory to undertake 12 weeks of AHEMS in the first 2 years and 24 weeks of EMS in the clinical year before going on to rotations in a vet practice, doing these extra mural studies allows students to gain experience with different species in different business settings, giving us an opportunity to widen our skills and prepare for future jobs. I say it's a difficult course, not just for the amount of work that we are required to do, but also because of the mental health issues associated with it. Doing dissections often feels contradictory and a lot of students (including me) don't always have the best experiences on AHEMS, mostly regarding how difficult the hours are, or having too much work to do. However, the rewards at the end make it all worth it, and I believe veterinary medicine is a very meaningful, passionate, worthwhile career to study for.
This course involves mainly anatomy and physiology modules which are revisited at different levels throughout the degree. Teaching consists many complex lectures, dissections, small group teaching and laboratory work. As well as this you are expected to do work placements in your holidays on farms and clinical practices. Most people thoroughly enjoy this process.
Veterinary medicine is a very specialised course for high achieving students interested in animal welfare. Studying anatomy, physiology, pathology in the pre clinical year's (1-3), and how to fix the problems that arise through these in your clinical year's (4, 5). There is also the option to intetcalate after years 2 or 3 to earn an extra degree.
Lecturer quality is very good. The vast majority of the course is interesting although as with every course there are a few tedious parts. Lots of contact hours which is brilliant. Would feel as though I'm wasting £9k if we only had 5 contact hours a week like most courses. Instead we're in on average 3 hours a day
The content of the course is varied and covers all relevant topics. The course is complex and has excellent structure and flow to it. The course works through the body systems in a logical order and helps with learning all the information. The forms of assessment vary which is good as at least one type of assessment suits every person. Some are oral exams or practical exams and some are written.
Brilliant lecturers. Fair few lectures so worth the student fees. First term is getting everyone to the same level and then it ramps up in difficulty in second term. Exams are nice and early then its presentations and a research based library project for the last 7 weeks. Top notch course leading to many professions.