Postgraduate study

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine DVetMed

Awards: DVetMed

Study modes: Full-time

Programme website: Doctor of Veterinary Medicine

The Professional Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine will provide an opportunity for qualified veterinary surgeons to undertake a period of advanced clinical training in a chosen specialty under the guidance and supervision of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons and European/ American veterinary specialists.

The programme will consolidate and enhance evidence based- knowledge, skills, abilities and attitudes to enable independent practice to the standard of a recognised specialist in the chosen discipline. Additionally, it will provide you with training in and experience of research. You will be required to produce a dissertation, defend it at viva examination, and present and publish your findings. The programme will provide training and experience of teaching, as well as access to optional courses in specialty-relevant areas.

You will undertake SCQF level 12 core courses of specialist training in your chosen discipline and a selection of SCQF level 11 courses. Studying for four years at 180 credits a year is more than a standard professional doctorate but this allows the programme to align with specialist clinical training at the R(D)SVS, provides you with increased depth to your clinical training, and provides training and experience in research and clinical teaching.

  • Have a critical and comparative knowledge at the level of a specialist in the field of the current background, theories, concepts and technical methodologies relating to their chosen specialty
  • Obtain clinical experience and technical/practical skills sufficient to meet requirements of the specialist qualification in their chosen subject.
  • Gain all the necessary specialist professional and academic skills to analyse, research, synthesise and critique scientific developments.
  • Develop key abilities to communicate fundamental concepts to scientific, clinical and lay audiences, as well as colleagues utilising multiple techniques.
  • Have the opportunity to obtain a broad specialist clinical, research and teaching

The specialist training in clinical techniques, research and teaching will afford you many opportunities. After graduating you will be able to seek career advancement/specialism within your clinical setting, as well as following research and/or teaching roles should you choose.

A degree in veterinary medicine (BVM&S Veterinary Medicine or equivalent), membership of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (MRCVS), and a minimum of one year’s postgraduate clinical experience.

International qualifications

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

We accept the following English language qualifications at the grades specified:

  • IELTS Academic: total 7.0 (at least 6.5 in each module)

  • TOEFL-iBT: total 100 (at least 23 in each module)

  • PTE Academic: total 67 (at least 61 in each of the "Communicative Skills" sections; the "Enabling Skills" sections are not considered)

  • CAE and CPE: total 185 (at least 176 in each module)

  • Trinity ISE: ISE III with a pass 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, PTE Academic 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.*

(*Revised 08/11/2018 to provide more accurate information on English language qualifications expiry dates. Revised 08/05/2019 to provide more accurate/comprehensive information.)

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  • Programme Director, Dr Richard Reardon
  • Phone: +44 (0)131 651 3915
  • Contact: DVetMed@ed.ac.uk
  • Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies
  • The University of Edinburgh
  • Roslin
  • Easter Bush
  • Edinburgh
  • EH25 9RG

Further information

  • Programme Director, Dr Richard Reardon
  • Phone: +44 (0)131 651 3915
  • Contact: DVetMed@ed.ac.uk
  • Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies
  • The University of Edinburgh
  • Roslin
  • Easter Bush
  • Edinburgh
  • EH25 9RG