Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia (Online Learning) MSc, PgDip (ICL), PgCert (ICL), PgProfDev
Awards: MSc, PgDip (ICL), PgCert (ICL), PgProfDev
Study modes: Part-time Intermittent Study
Programme website: Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia (Online Learning)
In veterinary management of animals, anaesthesia (rendering animals unconscious to permit procedures) and analgesia (reducing the pain an animal is suffering) have vital importance in improving animal welfare, as well as permitting the ongoing developments in medical and surgical advances.
Knowledge and advances in anaesthesia over the last 20 years have been considerable.
We can use techniques to block sensation locally or over a region of the body not just total unconsciousness.
We have an array of drugs and methods of drug administration available to us in our fight against pain.
Anaesthesia has always carried risks, and we have an increasing availability of monitoring equipment to help us monitor the physiological function of the body during anaesthesia with the aim of reducing morbidity and mortality in our animals.
We are offering this unique opportunity for an entirely online MSc to study these advances, during which students can gain knowledge and understanding in the equipment, drugs and techniques associated with anaesthesia and analgesia.
Our team can provide a wide range of clinical and research experience across many species.
Our award-winning online learning technology is fully interactive and enables you to communicate with our highly qualified teaching staff from the comfort of your own home or workplace.
Online students not only have access to Edinburgh’s excellent resources, but also become part of a supportive online community.
Expert tutors will support you through every stage of the programme and you can engage with fellow students in supportive and constructive online networks.
Your progress will be assessed through:
- online presentations
- critical reviews of literature
- student self-reflection activities
- short-answer questions
- scientific posters
- group wiki events
- peer review activities
Studying online at Edinburgh
Find out more about the benefits and practicalities of studying for an online degree:
The programme is taught part time over 3 years, but its flexible nature will allow you a maximum of 6 years to complete it.
There are also options for studying for a certificate (1-2 years) or a diploma (2-4 years).
Each year will consist of three 11-week terms, structured into two blocks of five weeks of study, with a week in between for independent study and reflection.
The Postgraduate Certificate year (Year 1) starts with a series of compulsory courses to give a foundation in veterinary anaesthesia and analgesia, then progresses to examine how this may be applied in a variety of species.
In the Postgraduate Diploma year (Year 2), you have the choice of selected courses to tailor the programme to your requirements. A dissertation completes the final year.
If you intend to undertake the dissertation, it is compulsory you take either Evidence-Based Veterinary Medicine or Research Methods during the second year.
You can choose to either depending on the type of dissertation you intend to undertake. This is a very flexible programme, which can be tailored to suit you (subject to approval).
- Basic Sciences in Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia
- Anaesthetic Equipment
- Patient Assessment, Critical Incidents and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation
You will also choose 2 out of 4 species-related courses in:
- Dogs and Cats
- Camelids and Pigs
- Small Mammals (for example, rabbits, rats)
You will choose courses to total 60 credits from the following:
- Veterinary Techniques and Interventions for Conservation Medicine (10 credits)
- Ethics in Anaesthesia and Euthanasia (10 credits)
- Professional and Clinical Skills for Advanced Veterinary Practice (10 credits)
- Problem Solving and Non-Technical Skills in Anaesthesia (10 credits)
- Evidence Based Research Methods in Clinical Practice (10 credits) or Research Methods and Data Analysis (10 credits)
- R for Veterinary Epidemiologists (10 credits)
- Chronic Pain and Advanced Analgesia Principles (10 credits)
- Ventilators and Ventilation in Veterinary Anaesthesia (10 credits)
- Advanced Cardiovascular Procedures and Monitoring (10 credits)
- Avian Anaesthesia (10 credits)
In addition, you could choose to select additional species-related courses from Year 1.
During the written reflective element of the programme you will have the opportunity to further develop your scientific skills and utilise scientific theory.
The form of the dissertation may vary to suit individual candidates, subject to approval of a submitted proposal.
The dissertation will be a piece of written work 10-15,000 words long, which may take the form of a research study, analysis of techniques used in previous clinical work or an extended literature review.
A casebook or portfolio submission may also be permitted.
Postgraduate Professional Development (PPD)
Postgraduate Professional Development (PPD) is aimed at working professionals who want to advance their knowledge through a postgraduate-level course(s), without the time or financial commitment of a full Masters, Postgraduate Diploma or Postgraduate Certificate.
You may take a maximum of 50 credits worth of courses over two years through our PPD scheme. These lead to a University of Edinburgh postgraduate award of academic credit.
Alternatively, after one year of taking courses you can choose to transfer your credits and continue on to studying towards a higher award on a Masters, Postgraduate Diploma or Postgraduate Certificate programme.
Although PPD courses have various start dates throughout a year you may only start a Masters, Postgraduate Diploma or Postgraduate Certificate programme in the month of September.
Any time spent studying PPD will be deducted from the amount of time you will have left to complete a Masters, Postgraduate Diploma or Postgraduate Certificate programme.
Please contact the programme team for more information about available courses and course start dates.
Find out more about compulsory and optional courses
We link to the latest information available. Please note that this may be for a previous academic year and should be considered indicative.
|MSc||Up to 6 Years||Part-time Intermittent Study||Programme structure 2020/21|
|PgDip (ICL)||Up to 4 Years||Part-time Intermittent Study||Programme structure 2020/21|
|PgCert (ICL)||Up to 2 Years||Part-time Intermittent Study||Programme structure 2020/21|
|PgProfDev||Up to 2 Years||Part-time Intermittent Study||Programme structure 2020/21|
The MSc Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia is likely to be desirable for veterinary surgeons seeking employment in research environments (for example, as Named Veterinary Surgeon or other roles) due to the key importance of anaesthesia and the emphasis on this from Home Office regulation of research work in the UK.
The MSc will be a different route for progression for veterinary nurses who have key roles in private veterinary practices with regard to veterinary anaesthesia and analgesia.
This may be desirable for practices wishing to show a wide range of expertise among their staff and patient support for surgical procedures.
A UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent, in veterinary medicine or veterinary nursing.
We will also consider your application if you have a degree in a related science with appropriate practical experience.
We may also consider your application if you do not have a degree but are a registered veterinary nurse/technician with a minimum of 3 years experience in anaesthesia and hold additional nursing or technical qualifications. You may be admitted to certificate level only in the first instance. Please contact the programme team to check before you apply.
Check whether your international qualifications meet our general entry requirements:
English language requirements
You must demonstrate a level of English language competency at a level that will enable you to succeed in your studies, regardless of your nationality or country of residence.
English language tests
For 2021 entry we will accept the following English language qualifications at the grades specified:
- IELTS Academic: total 6.5 with at least 6.0 in each component.
- TOEFL-iBT (including Special Home Edition): total 92 with at least 20 in each section. We do not accept TOEFL MyBest Score to meet our English language requirements.
- CAE and CPE: total 176 with at least 169 in each paper.
- Trinity ISE: ISE II with distinctions in all four components.
Your English language qualification must be no more than three and a half years old from the start date of the programme you are applying to study, unless you are using IELTS, TOEFL or Trinity ISE, in which case it must be no more than two years old.
Degrees taught and assessed in English
We also accept an undergraduate or postgraduate degree that has been taught and assessed in English in a majority English speaking country, as defined by UK Visas and Immigration:
We also accept a degree that has been taught and assessed in English from a university on our list of approved universities in non-majority English speaking countries.
If you are not a national of a majority English speaking country, then your degree must be no more than three and a half years old at the beginning of your programme of study.
Find out more about our language requirements:
- Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies and The Roslin Institute
- Easter Bush
- EH25 9RG
Select your programme and preferred start date to begin your application.
MSc Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia (Online Learning) (ICL) - 3-6 Years (Part-time Intermittent Study)
PgDip Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia (Online Learning) (ICL) 2-4 Years (Part-time Intermittent Study)
PgCert Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia (Online Learning) (ICL) 1-2 Years (Part-time Intermittent Study)
PG Professional Development in Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia (Online Learning) (ICL) - 2 Years (Part-time Intermittent Study)
|Programme start date||Application deadline|
|13 September 2021||27 August 2021|
We encourage you to apply at least one month prior to entry so that we have enough time to process your application. If you are also applying for funding or will require a visa then we strongly recommend you apply as early as possible.
- Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies and The Roslin Institute
- Easter Bush
- EH25 9RG