The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies
Royal Dick School of Veterinary Studies Bicentenary

Class of 2023 enjoys winter graduation

The winter cohort has graduated from the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, supported by their families and friends.

McEwan Hall in the snow

More than 80 students received their awards in the University of Edinburgh’s McEwan Hall, in a ceremony live-streamed for those unable to attend in person.

Students from the School, including at the Global Academy of Agriculture and Food Systems and Roslin Institute, received undergraduate, postgraduate taught and postgraduate research awards.

The School offers an extensive selection of postgraduate opportunities, many of which are online, distance-learning programmes. As a result, graduands came from around the globe, many visiting Edinburgh and meeting their fellow students for the first time.

Celebration event

Before the ceremony, the College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine held a reception for graduates at the Surgeons’ Hall Museums. The School awarded prizes for best dissertations, along with the medal for best student. 

Students and their families also had the opportunity the day before graduations to visit the School and take a tour that included the Hospital for Small Animals and Equine Hospital.

Bicentenary year

The students’ graduation was held on the weekend of the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies’ bicentenary, marking 200 years since founder William Dick delivered his first lecture to veterinary students in November 1823.

The School has held a programme of activities throughout 2023 celebrating its history. The weekend of graduation also featured an alumni celebration at the School's former home, Summerhall, and a gala dinner at the National Museum of Scotland.

It is wonderful to see the winter class of 2023 graduate in our bicentenary year. The future of our profession is in your hands, and I look forward to seeing what you do next.
Professor Lisa BodenHead of the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies and Dean of Veterinary Medicine

About the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies 

The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies is a one-of-a-kind centre of excellence in clinical activity, teaching and research. Our purpose-built campus, set against the backdrop of the beautiful Pentland Hills Regional Park, is home to more than 800 staff and almost 1400 students, all of whom contribute to our exceptional community ethos. 

The School comprises: 

The Roslin Institute 

The Global Academy of Agriculture and Food Systems 

The Roslin Innovation Centre 

The Hospital for Small Animals 

Equine Veterinary Services 

Farm Animal Services 

Easter Bush Pathology 

The Jeanne Marchig International Centre for Animal Welfare Education 

We represent the largest concentration of animal science-related expertise in Europe, impacting local, regional, national and international communities in terms of economic growth, the provision of clinical services and the advancement of scientific knowledge.