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Vet School opens up range of gateway routes from Harper Adams degrees

Posted 11 August

"Students who might not have been accepted onto a veterinary medicine degree this year will not have to complete an entire undergraduate degree before trying again"

The Harper & Keele Veterinary School and Harper Adams University have expanded the number of gateway routes for students wishing to progress to study veterinary medicine.

In addition to offering the Extended Degree in Veterinary Bioscience (with Access to Veterinary Medicine), which provides a preparatory “year zero” before students are assessed for entry to the Vet School, there will now be an option to progress following an outstanding performance in the first year of a range of other animal science degrees.

“The benefit of offering progression from other degrees is that students who might not have been accepted onto a veterinary medicine degree this year will not have to complete an entire undergraduate degree before trying again, as many currently have to do,” said Head of the Vet School, Matt Jones.

“Instead they can start on a related programme and progress to veterinary medicine at the end of the first year, should they meet the academic and vocational criteria and pass an interview. In the event that they don’t meet the academic threshold in year one, students can still continue with their degree studies and achieve a qualification that will serve them well as they pursue in a career in animal science, health or wellbeing.”

Five places at the Harper & Keele Veterinary School will be available each year for students progressing from degrees at Harper Adams University in animal behaviour and welfare, animal health and welfare, animal production science, zoology, veterinary bioscience, veterinary nursing, or veterinary physiotherapy.

Five places will be available for students progressing via Keele University gateway programmes and a further 10 spots can be filled by students progressing from the Extended Degree in Veterinary Bioscience gateway.

All gateway students have to prove they can achieve minimum pass rates of 70% and must complete the Vet School multi-mini-interview (MMI) admissions test.

Harper Adams University has been delivering animal science education and research for more than 30 years. The Harper & Keele Veterinary School is a partnership between Harper Adams and Keele Universities, which offers combined excellence to deliver on a mission to produce well-rounded vets, who will champion sustainable animal health. The first intake will commence the Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery (BVetMS) degree in September 2020.

To enquire about joining one of the Harper Adams courses through Clearing, call 01952 815 000 or visit harper.ac.uk/Clearing.

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