Vet School world’s best at animal welfare awards

The University of Edinburgh’s Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies has won a major international prize in recognition of its work in promoting animal welfare.

The School was named the Veterinary School of the Year Award at the 2020 Global Animal Welfare Awards, which are presented in partnership with the World Veterinary Association and Ceva Animal Health.

The Vet School was awarded the prestigious prize to acknowledge its investment in undergraduate and postgraduate teaching in animal welfare through its Jeanne Marchig International Centre for Animal Welfare Education.

The award recognises that animal welfare is fundamental to everything that the Vet School does as a part of the veterinary community, according to the judges. 

Congratulations to all our colleagues at the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies.  We are delighted that the team has been recognised for its commitment to animal welfare.  There has never been a more important time to recognise the contribution of our veterinary colleagues.

James RussellPresident of the British Veterinary Association

Global work

The School was also recognised for its global outreach projects for vets and organisations. For example, in Asia it supports other vet schools and their programmes to improve their animal welfare teaching. 

The Jeanne Marchig International Centre has an extensive animal welfare research programme and the Vet School supports students to engage in animal welfare and policies in response to the needs of vets.

We’re absolutely delighted to have won the Veterinary School of the Year Award, which recognises our hard work in improving our animal welfare teaching and training, including our outreach and research activities.

Professor Cathy DwyerProfessor of Animal Behaviour and Welfare at the The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies


We have embedded animal welfare throughout the curriculum right from the start until when our students’ graduate and I would like to think that our graduates actually take animal welfare away as a lifelong learning opportunity.  We’ve come a long way in the last 10 years, so I’m incredibly optimistic for the future.

Professor David ArgyleDean of The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies

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Video of Veterinary School of the Year Award being presented

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