College of Medicine & Veterinary Medicine

History

With world-renowned alumni and distinguished scholars, we have much to be proud of as a College

Medicine at the University of Edinburgh

Skulls
The University of Edinburgh was founded in 1583 by the Town Council of Edinburgh as the first civic university in Britain.

Vet School

Dick plaque
The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies is one of the oldest veterinary schools in the world, founded in 1823 by William Dick.

Historic alumni

Jex Blake plaque
The College's alumni includes groundbreaking, brilliant and sometimes eccentric individuals - from Charles Darwin to Sophia Jex-Blake.

Women

Inglis plaque
Remarkable women at the University of Edinburgh overcame considerable adversity to become drivers of equality and medical excellence.

Burke and Hare

William Burke's skeleton
The Burke and Hare murders in Edinburgh's West Port were infamous and destroyed the career of University of Edinburgh anatomist Robert Knox.

The Polish School of Medicine at the University of Edinburgh (1941-1949)

Polish workers sculpture
The establishment of the Polish School of Medicine in March 1941 was a unique wartime academic initiative.