Undergraduate study - 2020 entry

Subject area: Veterinary Medicine

Why choose Veterinary Medicine at the University of Edinburgh?

  • We're consistently ranked one of the top veterinary schools. We're ranked 1st in the UK in both the Guardian University Guide 2019 and the Times 2018 veterinary subject league tables. We are ranked 5th in the world in the Shanghai Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2018 and 6th in the world in the QS World University Ranking by Subject 2019.

  • We are accredited by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS), the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), the Australasian Veterinary Boards Council (AVBC), the South African Veterinary Council (SAVC), and the European Association of Establishments for Veterinary Education (EAEVE) meaning our graduates can expect career opportunities worldwide.

  • On our integrated programmes you will study a wide range of animals from large and small companion animals and exotics to a variety of wildlife species.

  • Our Easter Bush Campus has the largest concentration of animal science expertise in Europe, which offers you the benefit of clinical expertise on-site.

I knew that the programme was one of the best in the world and would set me up for a successful career. The facilities are world class – that includes a beautiful teaching building and state of the art hospitals.

Lewis Steer 4th year BVM&S Veterinary Medicine
Lewis Steer 4th year BVM&S Veterinary Medicine

Introducing Veterinary Medicine

Veterinary medicine at Edinburgh mixes the best traditions with award-winning, progressive teaching. Our outstanding hospitals and teaching facilities provide an excellent environment to develop your practical and clinical skills.

We offer many opportunities to take part in biological research as part of our vibrant research community. You will learn valuable communication, team-building and management skills and keep a personal and professional development portfolio throughout the BVM&S programme to record elements of study in the professional and clinical skills course. In addition to clinical training, the programme provides an excellent foundation for a career in fields such as academia, research or industry.

Intercalated degrees

If you have a special interest in animal disease you can choose to undertake BSc (Hons) Veterinary Science after Year 2 of the five-year programme (or Year 1 of the four-year programme).

You can take one year of advanced study in a subject such as biochemistry, infectious diseases, neuroscience and zoology.

With permission, you may attend intercalated degree courses at other UK universities or veterinary colleges, or in other parts of the University of Edinburgh. You then return to the veterinary medicine programme to complete your BVM&S.

For exceptional candidates, there are also opportunities to study a one-year research MSc or an intercalated three-year PhD.

You can also enrol on one of our prestigious, taught MSc programmes in Applied Animal Behaviour & Animal Welfare, Equine Science, Animal Bioscience or One Health after Year 3 of the BVM&S (or if you already hold a BSc).

Can I work while I study?

The BVM&S timetable is very demanding and rarely leaves sufficient time for paid employment in the evenings or at weekends during semesters.