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Admissions process

All applications for the course should be submitted via UCAS at The institution code for the Harper and Keele Veterinary School is H25 and the course code is D100. The application deadline for the course was 15 October 2019. Any applications received after this date will be dealt with subject to places being available.

Applicants should ensure that they are available for a selection event between November 2019 and March 2020. Due to the number of applicants who will attend the selection events, we may not be able to offer alternative slots. However, applicants who apply after the 15th October deadline, and are offered a selection event place, may find this will take place in March or later. All applications will be assessed and scored taking into account the personal statement, reference, work experience and entrance qualifications. Due to the large numbers of applications expected, we will be unable to invite all applicants to a selection event. The selection event will be held on the Harper Adams University campus and will be ‘station’ based interviews designed to assess the various attributes of the applicants. They will include animal handling, which is an essential skill for a veterinary surgeon.

Applicants will also have the opportunity to indicate their preferred ‘host’ campus once they have received an offer, but this cannot be guaranteed.

The outline Admissions Policy for the programme can be found below. Additional information and aligning policies will be added as they are developed and in time for the UCAS application window.


Details of the course fees and other additional costs for the 2020/21 academic year are outlined in the fees and charges booklet.

Information on Student Finance support can be found at:

Entry requirements

For a full list of entry requirements, please visit the Veterinary Medicine and Surgery (BVetMS) course page.

Advice on Admissions for applicants with a disability or health condition

The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) requires all students, who graduate with an accredited Veterinary degree, to meet all ‘Day One’ competencies at the point of graduation.  

We welcome confidential pre-application discussions with potential applicants regarding the practical implications of any disabilities or health conditions on ability to meet ‘Day One’ competencies.  During such discussions we can outline any potential reasonable adjustments the school can take to support you in your studies, in order to assist us with this you will be required to complete a health assessment questionnaire.  All discussions will be held in confidence and will not impact on an applicant’s subsequent application.

If you have queries on the above please email in the first instance to

Please see the following links for further information:

Financial support

At the Harper and Keele Vet School we recognise that pursuing your dream career in veterinary medicine can be costly (but totally worth it!), and we’re here to support you every step of the way.

There are transport and accommodation costs associated with completing extra-mural studies (EMS) and whilst you may get some paid opportunities along the way, such as working during lambing season, there will be other opportunities that will be unpaid and the reward is in the essential experience you gain. However, this can add up and is why we have a flexible package of support to help students with these placement costs, when they need it. Support is available throughout your studies and you can apply for the support once you are on the course. You would have to demonstrate a ‘need’ for the additional financial support, as well as a sensible approach to spending and EMS planning.

There is also further support available through hardship funds (either a grant or a loan, depending on personal circumstances against common published criteria), managed by your host institution. These funds are available for all students to apply for, and are there to support those who find themselves in further or unexpected financial difficulty, such as emergency dental treatment or a car repair, or for those students who simply find that there is more money going out on essentials, than there is coming in, once they’ve planned their budget. We also offer advice on budgeting and ways to make your money stretch a bit further and staff at both sites can assist students in seeking part-time work and scholarship opportunities.

Alternative route to study Veterinary Medicine at The Harper and Keele Veterinary School

For students that have the aptitude to become a vet, but do not have access to the required work experience to meet the entry criteria, the below route has been developed:

  • The Harper Adams Veterinary (Extended) programme, with preparatory 'year zero' will be tailored for those students who are academically able enough to progress to Vet School, but are lacking the practical work experience required for direct Vet School entry. This experience can be effectively gained from Year 0 at Harper and access to that institution’s large and small animal facilities and through an established network of veterinary practices.
    Transfer to year 1 of the Veterinary programme will require achievement of satisfactory marks in all Extended modules.
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Harper Adams is also extending the offer of a Vet School interview to high achieving students on related courses at the end of the first year. Dependent on achievement within the previous year of study, eligible students would commence the Degree Programme from Year One.


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