The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies

Collaborative provision

We have relationships and research collaborations with Universities and institutions around the world.

The Americas

In South America we have links with a range of institutions, principally with the University of Sao Paulo in Brazil. The University of Edinburgh opened its office of the Americas in March 2013 and to coincide with the opening of this office, a series of conferences were held in Brazil, Mexico and Chile.

The Vet School’s Associate Dean for International Prof Natalie Waran, visited Santiago in Chile in May 2015 to deliver a ‘Dogs in Society’ symposium which was as joint initiative between Edinburgh University's Jeanne Marchig International Animal Welfare Centre and the Sustainability Research Centre at Universidad Andres Bello.


In India we have a range of partner institutions and in February 2015 Academics from across the University of Edinburgh, including from the Vet School, visited India to take part in a range of events to encourage new research and teaching links. The events, which took place at locations including Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai, Mumbai, included conferences, public talks and school visits. They incorporated a wide-range of topics such as genetics, animal science, clean energy and the role of women and migrant workers in the Indian economy. A Memorandum of Understanding was also signed between the University of Edinburgh and the Indian Council of Agricultural Research, further enhancing relationships between the two organisations. Other events included a conference in Kolkata- Nation Building in India - which examined the role of government relations between the UK and India.

Mainland China

The University of Edinburgh has signed an agreement with the Chinese Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) whereby both parties collaborate on innovative veterinary research and educational programmes, enhancing veterinary training in China. The agreement is the first between the CVMA and a UK university and also seeks to promote and strengthen the role of the vet in China, particularly in the area of animal welfare. This historic agreement, which draws upon the University of Edinburgh’s expertise in animal health and welfare research, promotes and supports the development of continuing veterinary education in China.

In August 2015, we were delighted to welcome representatives from the Chinese veterinary profession for a three day workshop in Edinburgh. Hosted by the Jeanne Marchig International Centre for Animal Welfare Education, the workshop was attended by Deans from three prominent veterinary schools in China. Senior colleagues from the China Agricultural University (Beijing), Nanjing Agricultural University and the Inner

Mongolia University Veterinary School travelled to Edinburgh for the event. Delegates were provided with information and demonstrations showcasing how animal welfare education is at the heart of our veterinary curriculum. They were shown specialist facilities, such as 3D printers that can produce animal models to help students develop their spatial skills whilst learning anatomy. Our guests also observed how students are taught clinical skills - such as suturing, needle placement and intubation - using models that replace the need for animals.

The delegation also visited the University’s veterinary clinics, farms and The Roslin Institute to see how high quality animal health and welfare research underpins teaching and clinical practice. The Edinburgh workshop was sponsored by World Animal Protection and supported by the Chinese Veterinary Medicine Association. Experts from The University of Edinburgh will visit China in November this year to reciprocate the exchange.

Hong Kong

Our established and developing links with a range of partner institutions in China and are very important to us. In April 2015 our senior staff travelled to Hong Kong to discuss how better animal health and welfare can aid human medicine.

A two-day animal welfare conference culminated in the signing of a memorandum of understanding between the Hong Kong Government and the University of Edinburgh. It was signed at the end of a two-day international workshop - Applied Veterinary Research: Advancing Human & Animal Health and Welfare. The workshop, attended by around 200 delegates, looked at how scientific discovery in the field of veterinary research can translate into clinical practice to benefit both animal and human welfare. Delegates included experts from international health organisations, Mainland China and overseas veterinary authorities, universities, animal welfare organisations and Hong Kong government departments.


Hokkaido University Graduate School of Veterinary Medicine

The School has had a relationship with Hokkaido University Graduate School of Veterinary Medicine since signing an Memorandum of Understanding with them in 2009. The Main objective of the MOU was to facilitate a student exchange and to promote international collaboration between the two universities.

University of Tokyo Graduate School of Agricultural and Life Sciences

Our agreement with the Graduate School of Agricultural and Life Sciences, University of Tokyo, fosters a co-operative relationship between our two institutions, specifically in developing academic and cultural exchange between the two institutions in education in Veterinary Science. Senior staff from Edinburgh have visited the University of Tokyo and we are looking forward to hosting guests from Tokyo in Edinburgh.

We also have relationships and research collaborations in many other countries, such as South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and across North America.