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BSc in Veterinary Biosciences (Full Time)

Aberystwyth University

Bachelor Degree , Veterinary Public Health

Course Description

Veterinary Biosciences is a course dedicated to the biology underpinning veterinary medicine. You will explore the biology of farm animals, horses, and companion animals. This degree programme will also provide a suitable pathway to a veterinary medicine course, with other exciting career options including veterinary laboratory diagnostician, nutritionist or animal health researcher.

  • You will  be taught and mentored by veterinary surgeons and world-class veterinary scientists;
  • Our collaboration with the Wales Veterinary Science Centre and other organisations allows you to understand the wider veterinary field;
  • The University has over 100ha of farmland, including lowland and upland sheep farms, a 500 cow dairy herd, intensive and extensive beef production systems, an equine centre;
  • All students have access to our fantastic modern laboratories, dissection rooms and microscopy suites on campus;
  • This degree is very much 'hands on' with practicals involving molecular, cellular, anatomical and behavioural aspects of veterinary health;
  • Learn and Live in an exceptional environment where you will have marine, moorland, mountain, grassland and coast right on your doorstep.

Veterinary Biosciences is a course dedicated to the biology underpinning veterinary medicine. You will explore the biology of farm animals, horses, and companion animals. This degree programme will also provide a suitable pathway to a veterinary medicine course, with other exciting career options including veterinary laboratory diagnostician, nutritionist or animal health...

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Course Content

In the first year you will explore:

  • Comparative anatomy and physiology of domestic animals;
  • Tutorials providing training with essays, reports and presentations;
  • Molecular Laboratory Skills;
  • Animal Handling;
  • Genetics and related diseases;
  • Microbiology;
  • Biochemistry of Life;
  • Diagnostic techniques in the veterinary practice and laboratory.

In the second year you will discover:

  • Domestic animal nutrition including specialisation in livestock, equine or companion animal;
  • Treatment and diseases of cat, dog and exotic pets;
  • Reproductive physiology;
  • The immune system;
  • A range of options covering microbiology, anatomy, livestock production and other relevant modules.

In the third year you will study:

  • Research Dissertation;
  • Animal Behaviour and Welfare;
  • Veterinary Pharmacology;
  • Veterinary infectious diseases;
  • A range of options covering behaviour, Equine management and other relevant modules;
  • You will also undertake a compulsory dissertation in your final year.

Among many skills, you will learn to: synthesize information from scientific literature; understand and explain the implications of technological developments in animal science; scrutinise data in terms of quality and quantity; and respond to new data through laboratory investigation

In the first year you will explore: Comparative anatomy and physiology of domestic animals; Tutorials providing training with essays, reports and presentations; Molecular Laboratory Skills; Animal Handling; Genetics and related diseases; Microbiology; Biochemistry of Life; Diagnostic...

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Entry Requirements

UCAS Tariff 104 - 128

A Levels ABB-BCC with B in Biology

GCSE requirements (minimum grade C/4):
English or Welsh and Mathematics

BTEC National Diploma:
DDM-DMM with a specified subject

International Baccalaureate:
30-28 with 5 points in Biology at Higher Level

European Baccalaureate:
75%-65% overall with 7 in Biology

UCAS Tariff 104 - 128 A Levels ABB-BCC with B in Biology GCSE requirements (minimum grade C/4): English or Welsh and Mathematics BTEC National Diploma: DDM-DMM with a specified subject International Baccalaureate: 30-28 with 5 points...

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Assessment Methods

  • Exams;
  • Essays;
  • Practical exercises;
  • Oral presentations;
  • Reports;
  • Statistical exercises;
  • Dossiers;
  • Portfolios;
  • Wikis;
  • Reflective diaries;
  • Literature reviews;
  • Magazine articles.

  • Exams;
  • Essays;
  • Practical exercises;
  • Oral presentations;
  • Reports;
  • Statistical exercises;
  • Dossiers;
  • Portfolios;
  • Wikis;
  • Reflective diaries;
  • Literature reviews;
  • Magazine articles.