Undergraduate study - 2018 entry

Subject area: Veterinary Medicine

Why choose Veterinary Medicine at the University of Edinburgh?

  • The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies is the UK’s top school accredited by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS), as ranked by the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014.

  • We have invested more than £100 million on the development of our Easter Bush campus, including a £42 million state-of-the-art teaching facility.

  • Our programmes are fully accredited, allowing graduates to practise in the UK, EU, North America, Australasia and beyond.

  • National student data shows 92 per cent of our students are satisfied with the programme quality and 93 per cent gain employment within six months of graduating. (Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) 2015)

Study abroad

I know I will graduate from a vet school with a world-class reputation that has fully prepared me for life as a veterinarian.

Samantha Miles 3rd year BVM&S Veterinary Medicine Graduate Entry Programme
Samantha Miles 3rd year BVM&S Veterinary Medicine Graduate Entry Programme

Veterinary medicine at Edinburgh mixes the best traditions with award-winning, progressive teaching. Our outstanding hospitals and teaching facilities provide an excellent environment to develop your practical and clinical skills.

We offer many opportunities to take part in biological research as part of our vibrant research community. You will learn valuable communication, team-building and management skills and keep a personal and professional development portfolio throughout the BVM&S programme to record elements of study in the professional and clinical skills course. In addition to clinical training, the programme provides an excellent foundation for a career in fields such as academia, research or industry.

Intercalated degrees

If you have a special interest in animal disease you can choose to undertake BSc (Hons) Veterinary Science after Year 2 of the five-year programme (or Year 1 of the four-year programme).

You can take one year of advanced study in one of many subjects including biochemistry, neuroscience, infectious diseases and zoology.

With permission, you may attend intercalated degree courses at other UK universities or veterinary colleges, or in other parts of the University of Edinburgh. You then return to the veterinary medicine programme to complete your BVM&S.

For exceptional candidates, there are also opportunities to study a one-year research MSc or an intercalated three-year PhD.

You can also enrol on one of the prestigious, taught MSc programmes in Applied Animal Behaviour and Animal Welfare, Equine Science, Animal Bioscience or One Health after Year 3 of the BVM&S (or if you already hold a BSc).

Can I work during semester time?

The BVM&S timetable is very demanding and rarely leaves sufficient time for paid employment in the evenings or at weekends during semesters.

New programme

We are currently developing a BSc (Hons) Agricultural Science programme, offered jointly with Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC), for 2018 entry.

Improving the effectiveness and sustainability of agri-food systems is vital to tackle global challenges of population growth, rapid urbanisation, food and environmental security, diet and health.

Our programme will explore:

  • global agri-food systems
  • international agricultural policy and trade
  • natural, physical and social sciences underpinning agri-food systems
  • modern livestock and crop production systems
  • global challenges, including population growth, food and environmental security
  • new agricultural technologies
  • research skills and leadership

It will provide you with a foundation for a career as a future leader in research, policy, non-governmental organisations or the agri-food industry.

Tackling these global challenges requires a step-change in the scale and impact of education, research, and translation and the University is already making a significant contribution. We’re investing £35 million in a new Global Academy of Agriculture and Food Security, based in the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, and our joint submission with SRUC in Agriculture, Veterinary and Food Science ranked top in the UK for research power in the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014.

More details will be available online soon.

Veterinary Medicine can be studied as a 5-year programme or a 4-year graduate entry programme.

You can find specific year-by-year details of what you will study on the page for your chosen programme.

Are there additional costs?

Additional costs include compulsory specialised equipment and protective clothing (estimated at £150), locker deposits (£15) and transportation to Easter Bush. Using public transport from the city centre will cost around £525 a year, which we will proportionally subsidise in line with your year of study.

In addition, extramural study (externships) of 38 weeks will incur additional accommodation and travel costs. Limited grant funding may be available from the University, but is unlikely to cover the full costs of extramural study. For international students, your immigration application may include a healthcare surcharge of around £150 a year.

Our facilities

Teaching takes place at the Easter Bush campus, home to the Hospital for Small Animals, the Large Animal Hospitals, the new, state-of-the-art teaching facilities and the world renowned Roslin Institute.

Nearby is Langhill, the School's 250-hectare livestock farm, where you will learn animal handling and farm animal medicine. Our unique Exotic Animals and Wildlife Service provides you with first-hand experience of dealing with pets such as rabbits and tortoises, as well as wildlife native to the UK.

We also have links with Edinburgh Zoo and African wildlife projects.

Study abroad

Opportunities to study abroad are available in this subject area.

How will I learn?

You will be taught through a combination of lectures, small-group teaching tutorials, practical work and case-based learning.

Your studies will be supported through our virtual learning environments. These include a virtual farm, a virtual post-mortem room a virtual hospital and a virtual pharmacy.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed by exams, coursework, and practical and clinical work.

Our programmes are designed to train and prepare you for a career as a veterinary practitioner in general practice or in a specialised field such as small animal, farm animal, equine or exotic animal practice. They also prepare you for further training in a specialised clinical field. Opportunities exist for you to get involved in wildlife disease prevention, endangered species conservation, government service or livestock husbandry education in the developing world.

You can also pursue a research career. The School incorporates the Roslin Institute, which, with the Moredun Research Institute and Scotland’s Rural College, is a member of the Easter Bush Research Consortium – representing one of the world’s highest concentrations of animal scientists.