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I have a few questions

Has anyone studied bioveterinary science?
What is the difference between bioveterinary science and veterinary science?
Is it difficult?
What sort of material do you learn?
What career paths can you take with the degree?
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I've done biovet and am currently doing veterinary science. Bioveterinary science essentially prepares you for any job in the vet industry outside of vet and vet nurses. Vet is the clinical degree, biovet is non-clinical, almost like halfway in-between a vet degree and a biology degree. We cover nearly all of the science except for anatomy, some physiology and the clinical aspects to the vet degree. With a biovet degree you could go into so many things, research (labs or otherwise), diagnostic labs and public health positions among many others.

Is there anything you're interested in particular?

Topics I covered in Biovet include: animal husbandry, statistics, animal biodiversity, lab skills, infectious diseases, epidemiology, public health, physiology, parasitology, animal behaviour, pathology, nervous and musculoskeletal functions and disorders, microbiology and several more I can't think of off the top of my head. If you do a Hons degree then you also do an honours (research) project in your final year.

Comparing the two degrees, I wouldn't say the content itself of vet was any harder than the content in Biovet. But the big big difference is the volume of information you are taught in the vet degree. There is a lot to remember.

I hope I've helped a bit. Feel free to ask me any questions you have, and if you have an idea of what you're interested in then I can give you more detailed information
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(Original post by vetstudent123)
I've done biovet and am currently doing veterinary science. Bioveterinary science essentially prepares you for any job in the vet industry outside of vet and vet nurses. Vet is the clinical degree, biovet is non-clinical, almost like halfway in-between a vet degree and a biology degree. We cover nearly all of the science except for anatomy, some physiology and the clinical aspects to the vet degree. With a biovet degree you could go into so many things, research (labs or otherwise), diagnostic labs and public health positions among many others.

Is there anything you're interested in particular?

Topics I covered in Biovet include: animal husbandry, statistics, animal biodiversity, lab skills, infectious diseases, epidemiology, public health, physiology, parasitology, animal behaviour, pathology, nervous and musculoskeletal functions and disorders, microbiology and several more I can't think of off the top of my head. If you do a Hons degree then you also do an honours (research) project in your final year.

Comparing the two degrees, I wouldn't say the content itself of vet was any harder than the content in Biovet. But the big big difference is the volume of information you are taught in the vet degree. There is a lot to remember.

I hope I've helped a bit. Feel free to ask me any questions you have, and if you have an idea of what you're interested in then I can give you more detailed information
At which uni did you complete your first degree? Son got 2 offers-Harper Adams unconditional and Lincoln conditional. His first choice is VetMed and he has 2 rejections and waiting for Nottingham post interview and Bristol. If not successful this year, as a re-applicant he will accept the BioVet but not sure which uni to choose? Any advise?
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At which uni did you complete your first degree? Son got 2 offers-Harper Adams unconditional and Lincoln conditional. His first choice is VetMed and he has 2 rejections and waiting for Nottingham post interview and Bristol. If not successful this year, as a re-applicant he will accept the BioVet but not sure which uni to choose? Any advise?
I completed my first degree (and my current vet degree) at Liverpool. I chose to do biovet at Liverpool because I knew that was where I wanted to study veterinary, so thought it would be best to study biovet there as well.

First thing is would he be planning on applying to study veterinary as a graduate or would he pursue a career using his biovet degree. If he is planning on continuing down the biovet career path, then I'm sure most courses, if not all, would be fine. He would need to consider the usual when choosing a university, such as location, cost, modules covered (if they interest him), whether that university has a good background in research etc. If you want opinions on general university life, feel free to message!

However if he wants to apply to vet as a graduate, there are a few other things to think about. I would probably recommend he study biovet at a university that also offers vet. This is my opinion, it's not right for everyone, but I think being in close proximity to other vet students and lecturers will prepare you better for vet and give you a better chance at application. That's not to say universities favour those at their own universities, but you will come to learn what that university looks for in a vet student and hence know how best to improve your application (I hope this makes sense?).

On another note, some students may find it difficult studying biovet at a university that offers vet as they may see it as a constant reminder. It's definitely important to think about whether this would affect your son if he is planning on applying to vet post biovet. It definitely affected me, as I ended up living with vets as housemates as well. However it helped in the long run because I was able to get an insight onto the course through them and have discussions about topics such as ethics which would have inevitably helped me during my vet applications.

I hope this has helped a bit, but please feel free to message if you have any further questions about vet/biovet and general university life etc
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I completed my first degree (and my current vet degree) at Liverpool. I chose to do biovet at Liverpool because I knew that was where I wanted to study veterinary, so thought it would be best to study biovet there as well.

First thing is would he be planning on applying to study veterinary as a graduate or would he pursue a career using his biovet degree. If he is planning on continuing down the biovet career path, then I'm sure most courses, if not all, would be fine. He would need to consider the usual when choosing a university, such as location, cost, modules covered (if they interest him), whether that university has a good background in research etc. If you want opinions on general university life, feel free to message!

However if he wants to apply to vet as a graduate, there are a few other things to think about. I would probably recommend he study biovet at a university that also offers vet. This is my opinion, it's not right for everyone, but I think being in close proximity to other vet students and lecturers will prepare you better for vet and give you a better chance at application. That's not to say universities favour those at their own universities, but you will come to learn what that university looks for in a vet student and hence know how best to improve your application (I hope this makes sense?).

On another note, some students may find it difficult studying biovet at a university that offers vet as they may see it as a constant reminder. It's definitely important to think about whether this would affect your son if he is planning on applying to vet post biovet. It definitely affected me, as I ended up living with vets as housemates as well. However it helped in the long run because I was able to get an insight onto the course through them and have discussions about topics such as ethics which would have inevitably helped me during my vet applications.

I hope this has helped a bit, but please feel free to message if you have any further questions about vet/biovet and general university life etc
Thank you very much for your opinion. Really appreciate. He definitely wants to be a vet, so if financial side will be sorted after the BioVet degree, he has plan to apply for VetMed. Is it another 4-5 years or just 2?
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Vet med remains a long course even if you’ve done a previous degree - I believe some vet schools offer a graduate accelerate programme which lasts 4 years; if he doesn’t go to a vet school with this then it will be 5 x
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Thank you very much for your opinion. Really appreciate. He definitely wants to be a vet, so if financial side will be sorted after the BioVet degree, he has plan to apply for VetMed. Is it another 4-5 years or just 2?
Someone's mentioned the years above. Financial wise, he can apply for a means tested maintenance loan but he will not be able to apply for a tuition fee loan due to the vet degree being a second degree of the same level (undergrad) as the biovet degree. He should still be able to apply for bursaries etc from the university.
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Someone's mentioned the years above. Financial wise, he can apply for a means tested maintenance loan but he will not be able to apply for a tuition fee loan due to the vet degree being a second degree of the same level (undergrad) as the biovet degree. He should still be able to apply for bursaries etc from the university.
Thank you, we will check all the options🙂
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