Veterinary Studies

Taught in collaboration with the Royal Veterinary College (RVC), the Veterinary Science course at Aberystwyth University has been designed to train students to identify, medically and surgically treat, and prevent diseases of animals, including household pets, farm animals, zoo animals and horses.

  • Taught in collaboration with the RVC (Royal Veterinary College) in London
  • The first and only Veterinary School in Wales

Why study Veterinary Sciences at Aberystwyth University?

  • We are a leading Welsh University in veterinary-related areas with strong research and teaching reputation in the area of animal health.
  • Our Veterinary Education Centre is the first of its kind in Wales and we are the only Welsh University offering a degree in Veterinary Science.
  • The BVSc is offered in partnership with the Royal Veterinary College (RVC), which is the UK's largest and longest established independent veterinary school and is a Member Institution of the University of London.
  • Our degree is designed to meet the growing needs for competent practitioners to work in rural mixed practices.


Graduates develop an in-depth scientific knowledge that may be applied to a broad range of career pathways including the spectrum of clinical practices, veterinary and biomedical research, veterinary public health and food security, conservation medicine and a range of activities with government and veterinary-related industries. Additionally, having undergone part of their training in Wales in rural mixed practices, graduates will be extremely well-suited to continue their career in Welsh practices and other veterinary institutions and employers.


The Veterinary Education Centre provides clinical skills and companion handling training rooms, spaces for teaching anatomy and communal study space for students.

In addition to Aberystwyth’s strong laboratory-based facilities on Penglais Campus and the Veterinary Education Centre, additional facilities include:

  • Lluest Equine Centre, a purpose-built teaching facility and a British Horse Society (BHS) Approved Training Centre.
  • University Farms extending to over 800 ha, with flocks of upland and lowland sheep and herds of dairy and beef cattle.
  • Pwllpeiran Upland Research‌‌ Centre is home to alpacas and upland sheep.


Our researchers are investigating the part disease and pollution are playing in the decline in the African penguin population, a species which faces extinction within the next 30-80 years.

Study or Work Abroad

Aberystwyth University offers every student the opportunity to study, volunteer or work in another country either for an academic year, a single semester, or a few weeks during your holidays.

Find more information on our Global Opportunities webpages.

Studying through the medium of Welsh

Aberystwyth University prides itself on being a bilingual University. As a leading Welsh university, we are proud to offer dedicated support services and Halls of Residence for Welsh-speaking students, encouraging the sense of community and the feeling of a home away from home. Qualifying students will automatically receive the University's Welsh-medium scholarships and can also apply for Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol scholarships. Find out more about our Welsh Medium Scholarships here.