Contact: Admissions Officer Veterinary Medicine
Phone: + 44 (0)131 650 6178
Veterinary Medicine at the University of Edinburgh mixes the best of tradition with award-winning, progressive veterinary teaching. The School’s outstanding hospital and teaching facilities provide an excellent environment for gaining practical and clinical skills. There are many opportunities for getting involved in biological research as part of the vibrant research community associated with the School. Graduates can practise veterinary medicine throughout the UK, Europe and North America and the degree programme provides an excellent foundation for further research in industry or academia. The communication, team-building and business management skills you learn can also be used in a number of other careers.
Students keep a personal and professional development portfolio throughout the BVM&S programme to record elements of study in the professional and clinical skills course.
The Vet School welcomes enquiries from prospective entrants and holds Open Days in September and March. For details of Open Days visit the School’s website. Places are limited so early registration is recommended.
You will be taught through a combination of lectures, small-group teaching tutorials, practical work and case-based learning. The Edinburgh Electronic Veterinary Curriculum (EEVeC) supports the curriculum and includes a virtual farm, post mortem room and hospital.
You will be assessed by coursework, practical and clinical work and degree exams.
The degree programme prepares you for general veterinary practice or more specialist work with small animals, equine or farm animals, exotic animals or laboratory animals.
Outside veterinary practice, there are many opportunities for graduates to join organisations working to prevent wildlife disease, working in the conservation of endangered species, or teaching livestock husbandry in the developing world.
You can also pursue a research career, from biomedical research to government-led research into disease control. The School incorporates the Roslin Institute of the University of Edinburgh which, along with the Moredun Research Institute and the Scottish Agricultural College, are members of the Easter Bush Research Consortium (EBRC) – representing one of the highest concentrations of animal scientists in the world.
BVM&S teaching takes place at the newly developed Easter Bush campus, home to the Hospital for Small Animals, the Large Animal Hospital and state-of-the-art teaching facilities. Close to Easter Bush is Langhill, the School’s centre for cattle enterprise, where you will learn animal handling and farm animal medicine. The School has links with Edinburgh Zoo and African wildlife projects. Our own unique Exotics and Wildlife Service, within the Hospital for Small Animals, provides first-hand experience of dealing with pets such as rabbits and tortoises, as well as wildlife native to the UK.
Opportunities to study abroad are available in this subject area.
I've thoroughly enjoyed the wide range of subjects that we cover, for example anatomy, cell biology, animal husbandry and welfare. My degree involves a large amount of animal contact; for instance I spent time lambing on a sheep farm for two weeks. As I don't come from a farming background I have found practical teaching such as sheep, calf and cattle handling extremely exciting and enjoyable.
This article was published on Jun 29, 2012