University of Glasgow

Mrs. Joyce Wason
Director of Admissions & Student Services Manager
College of Medicine, Veterinary and Life Sciences
School of Veterinary Medicine
Bearsden Road
Bearsden Glasgow G61 1QH
Tel: (+44) 141 330 5705
Fax: (+44) 141 942 7215


The School of Veterinary Medicine is located on the 80 hectare Garscube campus at the Northwest boundary of the city, four miles from the University’s Gilmorehill campus. The School was founded in 1862 and gained independent Faculty status in 1969. In 2010, the Faculty translated from the “Faculty of Veterinary Medicine” to the “School of Veterinary Medicine” within the College of Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences. The School has a 190 hectare commercial farm and research centre at Cochno, 15 minutes from the Garscube campus (5 miles north).

The city of Glasgow has a population of around 600,000 and is Scotland’s largest city. One of Europe’s liveliest places with a varied and colorful cultural and social life, it can cater to every taste. Situated on the River Clyde, Glasgow has excellent road and rail links to the rest of the UK and air services to a wide range of destinations, both home and overseas.

Wherever you come from, you can be sure of building friendships that last a lifetime at Glasgow. According to travel guide Lonely Planet, Glasgow is one of the world’s top ten cities.

The School has approximately 200 staff (academic, research, and support) with an additional 65 postgraduate research students, 30 postgraduate clinical scholars, and 600 undergraduate students.

The school is pre-eminent in teaching, research, and clinical provision, and attracts students, researchers, and clinicians from around the world. Our internationally accredited school provides an expert referral centre via the Small Animal Hospital, the Weipers Centre for Equine Welfare, and the Scottish Centre for Production Animal Health & Welfare for animal owners and referring practitioners throughout the UK.

Following the first ever international UK accreditation visit to be undertaken conjointly between the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) Council on Education, the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS), the European Association of Establishments for Veterinary Education (EAEVE), and the Australasian Veterinary Boards Council (AVBC) in April 2013, the University of Glasgow’s School of Veterinary Medicine has achieved full accreditation for a further period of seven years.

The BVMS programme is based on integration of clinical and science subject areas and has a spiral course structure, meaning that you will revisit topics as you progress through the programme, each time with increasing clinical focus. In conjunction, there is a vertical theme of professional and clinical skills development to help you acquire the personal qualities and skills you will need in professional environments.

The programme is delivered over five years and is divided into three phases. Years 1 and 2, Foundation Phase, Years 3 and 5, Clinical Phase, Year 5, Professional Phase.

In the recent Research Excellence Framework 2014 (REF2014), the Grade Point Average for Glasgow’s veterinary and animal health research activity was ranked top amongst the UK veterinary schools, and in 2015, QS World University Rankings ranked the veterinary school seventh in the world for veterinary medicine.


In common with all veterinary students in the UK, you will be required to undertake an additional 38 weeks of extra-mural studies (EMS) during your vacation time. The first period of 12 weeks is dedicated to gaining further experience of the management and handling of domestic animals. After this initial period is completed, you start the clinical period of 26 weeks, which can be used to gain experience in veterinary professional environments. Satisfactory completion of EMS is a requirement for graduation.


For specific application information (availability, deadlines, fees, and VMCAS participation), please refer to the contact information listed above.

Residency implications: Due to recent changes in immigration legislation, students from the U.S. (who are planning to come to the UK for more than 6 months) are now required to obtain an entry clearance certificate prior to entering the UK. For further information on entry to the UK, please refer to Students must also be able to ensure adequate financial support for the duration of their course.



VMCAS application deadline: September 17, 2018 at 11:59 PM Eastern Time

Date interviews held: January/February (In the US both East and West Coast)

Date acceptances mailed: April

School begins: late September

Deposit (to hold place in class): £1,000

Deferments: in certain circumstances


Academic performance

Animal/veterinary experience




Entrance Requirements

Course requirements

Applicants are expected to have completed at least 2 years Pre-Veterinary or science courses at College or University, with a minimum of one year in Chemistry (including organic chemistry and organic chemistry lab). We would expect high grades in all science subjects. US applicant should have a minimum 3.4 GPA (4 point scale), and to have achieved at 3.0 in Science.

Required undergraduate GPA: 3.40

AP credit policy: not applicable

Course completion deadline: required courses should be completed prior to admission in the fall.

Standardized examinations: none required. GRE results will be considered if submitted.


Animal/veterinary work experience sufficient to indicate motivation, interest, and understanding of the veterinary profession

Evaluations: minimum 2, one each from an academic science source and a veterinary surgeon.

There is no supplemental application for the University of Glasgow.

Is a Bachelor’s Degree Required? no

Is this an International School? yes


Resident of UK out with Scotland: £9,000/yr

International: £28,500 (fixed at the point of entry). Fees are set in UK Sterling, and there will be a fluctuation in the exchange rate.


Resident: 72

Non-Resident: 60


Standardized examinations: none required. GRE results will be considered if submitted.

VMCAS Participation: partial

Accepts International Students? yes


For further information, contact the Undergraduate School Admissions Office (

Application Deadline: 9/17/2018