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The University of Bristol, School of Veterinary Science

I became the University’s academic leader and chief executive in 2001. This was, and remains, a tremendous privilege for me, given the University’s longstanding reputation for great teaching and internationally distinguished research. All that, plus a location at the heart of a lively, historic, beautiful city! No wonder the University of Bristol is at the top of the popularity stakes.
Over time, I have come to understand more clearly what makes this University so special. It comes down to people. First, the academics, who account for Bristol’s position as a world leader in subjects ranging from aerospace engineering to biochemistry, classics to mathematics, clinical neuroscience to policy studies. I know of no university of comparable size with as many members of staff who are Fellows of the top academic societies. Then there are the administrators, gardeners, technicians and many others who support the whole enterprise with such superb commitment. And, of course, there are our students – an extraordinarily diverse body of people united by exceptional ability, motivation and potential.
One of the University’s two main roles is to help our students achieve that potential and become what they want to be and what society needs. Our other main role is to generate new knowledge that improves the world and illuminates our understanding of it. We are acknowledged as excelling in both of these roles, and we intend to do even better – hence the ambitious programme of investment in facilities and staff that we will be continuing over the next few years.
We are a community of scholarship in a creative and dynamic city. We set very high standards and we have a clear vision for the future. This truly is an exciting place.
The School of Veterinary Science is based in the Faculty of Medical and Veterinary Sciences and consequently enjoys comparative educational and research links with the Schools of Medicine and Dentistry.
In the last Subject Review (a quality assurance exercise undertaken by the Quality Assurance Agency in 1999), the School was awarded a maximum score of 24 for all aspects of its teaching and learning provision. In the recent RAE (2008), the School scored well in 2 and 3 star publications, reflecting international excellence in its research.
The School occupies two sites, one is located at Southwell Street on the Bristol campus and is the focus for preclinical and basic science teaching. The following departments have preclinical teaching responsibilities in Veterinary Science and related programmes: 
Anatomy teaching (BVSc | BSc Anatomical Science with Veterinary Anatomy)
Biochemistry teaching (BVSc)
Biological Sciences teaching (BVSc - Parasitology & Environmental Science | BSc Animal Behaviour and Welfare Level 1)
Cellular & Molecular Medicine teaching (BSc Veterinary Pathogenesis - Levels 1 & 2)
Pharmacology teaching (BVSc)
Physiology teaching (BVSc)
The second site is the Department of Clinical Veterinary Science (Langford House) which is situated 14 miles south of the City and is the base for clinical teaching and welfare research. Langford Veterinary Services operates the animal hospitals and first opinion veterinary practices for the University.
The breadth of the School's teaching and research interests enables it to offer a range of veterinary-related degree courses, in addition to the degree in veterinary science. These include: Veterinary Nursing and Practice Administration; Anatomical Science with Veterinary Anatomy; Animal Behaviour and Welfare; Veterinary Pathogenesis. A taught MSc in Meat Science and Technology is also available. Teaching is provided by departments in the Schools of Medicine and Biological Sciences in Bristol, as well as the Department of Clinical Veterinary Science at Langford.
Bristol welcomes applications from suitably qualified sixth formers, graduates, mature and overseas students. Opportunities are also available for studying higher degrees by research.
A number of Continuing Education / Continuing Professional Development courses are available for veterinary graduates throughout the year.
Welcome to the Faculty of Medical and Veterinary Sciences. The Faculty was formed in 2003 to bring together departments with complementary teaching and research interests, and comprises 5 departments:
Cellular and Molecular Medicine
Physiology and Pharmacology
Clinical Veterinary Sciences
It has 430 staff, with 1400 undergraduate and 380 postgraduate students enrolled in the Faculty, and has an annual spend of ~£60m. The Faculty exists on two main sites: Anatomy, Biochemistry, Cellular and Molecular Medicine and Physiology and Pharmacology are based on the main University precinct, while Clinical Veterinary Sciences is based at Langford, 14 miles South-West of Bristol.
The Faculty is proud of its excellent teaching, and research that is at the forefront of its disciplines, carried out in a collaborative and collegial atmosphere. Its teaching has been highly rated in QAA subject review (results in here), and in 2005 it was awarded a prestigious HEFCE Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL), which provided £5m for the development of new and innovative approaches to teaching and learning, and state-of-the-art teaching facilities.
The Faculty also provides the focus for many of the University’s major research themes.
Much of this work is carried out using state-of-the-art facilities, such as the Wolfson Imaging Suite and the recently opened Nanoscience building, and involves fruitful collaborations with colleagues in other Faculties in Bristol, as well as nationally and internationally. The quality of research in the Faculty was recognised in the recent Research Assessment Exercise (RAE2008) in which more than 90% of the Faculty’s output was judged to be of international quality.

Faculty of Medical and Veterinary Sciences
Medical Sciences Building
University Walk, Bristol BS8 1TD
United Kingdom
Tel: +44 (0)117 33 11532
Fax: +44 (0)117 33 11889

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