What we do
The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies is a world leader in veterinary education, research, and clinical practice.
We provide outstanding veterinary education at both undergraduate and postgraduate level, using an award winning curriculum, innovative teaching methods, and an interdisciplinary environment, for both our undergraduate and postgraduate students.
As a School with a truly international outlook, we are accredited by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS), the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), the European Association of Establishments for Veterinary Education (EAEVE), the South African Veterinary Council (SAVC) and the Australasia Veterinary Boards Council Inc (AVBC), allowing our graduates to practice veterinary medicine throughout the UK, North America, Europe, South Africa, Australasia and beyond.
To practice in North America, in addition to our BVM&S degree, graduates must pass the examination prepared and delivered by the National Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners. The School has an excellent record in preparing our students to pass the NAVLE and this makes up one of the factors considered by the AVMA in its consideration of the accreditation status of a school.
You can find out more about the NAVLE and our success rates here: Accreditation and NAVLE
Our last accreditation visit was in 2015 and we expect our next one in 2022.
Find out more about our accrediting bodies:
- The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA)
- The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS)
- The European Association of Establishments for Veterinary Education (EAEVE)
- The Australasian Veterinary Boards Council (AVBC)
- The South African Veterinary Council
The School has the very highest teaching standards and we have been able to maintain these consistently. We have ranked first in the UK for 'Veterinary Science' for three years in the Guardian University Guide and been first for the last five years in the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide. Additionally, we are also ranked as the 4th best university in the world for Veterinary Sciences (Academic Ranking of World Universities 2019), this makes our school the highest placed UK school in these rankings.
Our research spans all aspects of veterinary medicine, from molecules and genes through to animal and human populations.
We aim to make a real difference through research which is directly relevant to the improvement of health and welfare of domestic animal species and the protection of public health.
In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), the joint submission by the School and Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) was ranked as the most powerful in the UK for agricultural and veterinary research. Three quarters of the research and related activity submitted was judged to be in the highest categories - 4* or 3* - which are classified as “world leading” or “internationally excellent”.
The REF is an assessment of the quality of the research being undertaken at UK Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) and the impact it has in society.
Our clinical services - Hospital for Small Animals, Small Animal Practice, Equine and Large Animal Practice - are among the most influential centres for clinical care in the UK, providing our students and researchers with the best possible training environment.