Undergraduate study - 2021 entry

Subject area: Veterinary Medicine

Why choose Veterinary Medicine at the University of Edinburgh?

  • We're consistently ranked among the top veterinary schools in the world. We're ranked 2nd in the UK in both the Guardian University Guide 2020 and the Times Good University Guide 2020. We are 4th in the Shanghai Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2019 and 6th in QS World University Rankings by Subject 2020.

  • 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 purpose-built campus is home to the largest concentration of animal science expertise in Europe, and students benefit from access to our three on-site veterinary hospitals.

  • The School prides itself on the excellent teaching and continuing support for students. This has been reflected in the School’s continued success in the latest National Student Survey (NSS) results. Overall student satisfaction is at 96.4% achieved from a 93% student response rate.

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 BVM&S Veterinary Medicine graduate
Lewis Steer BVM&S Veterinary Medicine graduate

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.


We are accredited by the:

  • Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS)
  • American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA)
  • Australasian Veterinary Boards Council (AVBC)
  • South African Veterinary Council (SAVC)
  • European Association of Establishments for Veterinary Education (EAEVE)

This accreditation enables our graduates to practise veterinary medicine across the globe.

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.