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Midlothian Science Festival 2020

The Easter Bush Campus is involved with Midlothian Science Festival 2020

Take a virtual tour of Easter Bush Campus for Midlothian Science Festival 2020

Easter Bush Campus - A short history

The University of Edinburgh’s Easter Bush Campus, set against the backdrop of the beautiful Pentland Hills Regional Park, is located eight miles south of Edinburgh city centre and has been used by the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies since 1947, when Home Farm at Easter Bush was first used for large animal teaching. Further developments followed in the 1960s with the creation of a Veterinary Field Station and a Centre for Tropical Veterinary Medicine, and further clinical facilities were built in the 1990s and 2000s. In 2011 the School, familiarly known as the Dick Vet, moved all of its staff and students from Summerhall on Edinburgh’s South side to the Easter Bush Campus, and the Roslin Institute, which was incorporated with the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies in 2008, also moved into a purpose built research building on site.

You can read more about the history of the Dick Vet and the Roslin Institute here

Today the Easter Bush Campus is home to more than eight hundred staff and almost fourteen hundred students, representing the largest concentration of animal science related expertise in Europe, impacting local, regional, national and international communities in terms of economic growth, the provision of clinical services and the advancement of scientific knowledge. For Midlothian Science Festival 2020 we are virtually opening our doors to five of our campus buildings, which represent a broad cross-section of our activities on campus.

You can view each tour via the links below, and you can also move around the campus from one building to another from within each tour.

Easter Bush Campus

William Dick Building

Named for the founder of the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, the William Dick Building was opened in 2011 and provides specialist teaching facilities for our undergraduate veterinary students. The purpose build facility includes specialist training facilities, such as the School’s Clinical Skills laboratory, as well as the Lady Smith of Kelvin Veterinary Library, teaching laboratories, lecture theatres and study spaces. The View café provides hot and cold food and drinks to staff, students and visitors from across the campus.

The William Dick Building is also home to Easter Bush Pathology and the Jeanne Marchig International Centre for Animal Welfare Education.

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The Dick Vet Hospital for Small Animals

The Hospital for Small Animals

The Dick Vet’s Hospital for Small Animals provides routine and emergency care for dogs, cats, small mammals, birds and exotic animals. It is one of the most advanced facilities in Scotland, and our staff have won multiple awards for excellence in clinical care.

The Hospital for Small Animals is a referral hospital and a general practice, and is home to a fantastic array of specialist services including cardiology, ophthalmology, orthopaedic, soft tissue surgery, oncology, neurology, dermatology, internal medicine and exotics, together with Emergency and Critical care. These services are supported by diagnostic imaging, anaesthesia, interventional radiography and physiotherapy services.

The Hospital for Small Animals is involved in teaching all aspects of our veterinary undergraduate programmes, from animal husbandry and handling in Year 1 to clinical rotations in final year. We also provide training for veterinary Residents and Interns.

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The Dick Vet Equine Hospital

Equine surgery

The Dick Vet Equine Hospital is the most advanced equine hospital in Scotland, with more specialists under one roof than anywhere else in the country. It provides routine and emergency care for all equidae (horses, donkeys and mules) and surgical services for some other species including large exotic species, alpacas and farm animals. It also operates a first opinion practice serving Edinburgh, the Lothians, parts of the Borders, Lanarkshire and Fife.

Our specialist services include soft tissue and orthopaedic surgery, dentistry, internal medicine, diagnostic imaging, poor performance, neurology, behaviour, ophthalmology, interventional cardiology, anaesthesia, specialist farriery, acupuncture, and physiotherapy. We are the Scottish training centre for the large animal rescue initiative, training and providing expertise to vets and the emergency services in casualty-centred rescue.

The Equine Diagnostic, Surgical and Critical Care Unit is the newest addition to the Equine Hospital and was opened in May 2018. It includes facilities for diagnostics and triage, as well as two new surgical theatres, a standing surgery suite and a Critical Care Unit with 24 hour video monitoring. The Unit also has many features that enhance teaching, including a surgery viewing and education area, which improve students’ ability to get involved with equine clinical work.

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The Roslin Institute Building

Roslin Institute welcome sign that is carved in to a stone wall.

The Roslin Institute Building opened in 2011, when Institute staff and students moved from a site on the edge of Roslin village to the Easter Bush Campus. The eye-catching building houses three floors of research laboratories and office space, including state-of-the art facilities for bio-imaging, genomics, infectious disease research and genetic engineering.

The footprint of the building is long and narrow, with two ‘arms’ at each end, representing a chromosome. This reflects the expertise in animal genetics at the Institute since its origins in the University of Edinburgh’s Institute of Animal Genetics, founded in 1919. For many years the Roslin Institute and its precursors were known for their work in poultry and animal breeding, but the Institute was made famous by the birth of Dolly the Sheep  in 1996, the world’s first mammal to be cloned from an adult cell. Since then the Roslin Institute has continued to innovate, and its facilities, staff and students have enabled it to cement its position as a world-leader in animal bioscience, enhancing the lives of animals and humans.

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The Charnock Bradley Building

Charnock Bradley Building

The Charnock Bradley Building is home to the Roslin Innovation Centre, the Easter Bush Science Outreach Centre, the Easter Bush Gym and a range of other facilities for campus staff and students. It includes a number of innovative design elements, including living walls on the outside of the building and inside the atrium, and provides a backdrop to ‘Canter’, a dramatic 15 foot steel sculpture by creator of ‘The Kelpies’, Andy Scott.

The building was officially opened in May 2018, but welcomed its first visitors at the October 2017 Easter Bush Campus Open Day, with engaging activities provided by tenants, campus staff and students in the building’s atrium and the Easter Bush Science Outreach Centre.

Today the Roslin Innovation Centre is home to 18 tenant companies and provides office space for an additional five local science and business organisations, and the Easter Bush Science Outreach Centre has provided hands-on science experiences for over 3,750 learners of all ages.

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