The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies
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Professor Susan Rhind receives OBE in New Year’s honours

Deputy Head of School, Professor Susan Rhind, has been awarded an OBE in the New Year’s honours list for services to veterinary education.

Professor Susan Rhind
Professor Susan Rhind

As Deputy Head of School, Professor Rhind oversees undergraduate teaching at The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies and is also one of the University of Edinburgh’s Assistant Principals, offering strategic leadership on the improvement of assessment and feedback across the University. Her work has a particular focus on developing innovative teaching methods to ensure that students have the best chances of success.


Professor Rhind has also been instrumental in efforts to improve student support systems that promote well-being.  These contributions have helped The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies to secure international accreditation for its undergraduate veterinary programmes, enabling graduates to practise in North America, Europe and Australia as well as the UK. 


Professor Rhind graduated from Glasgow University Veterinary School. After three years in general veterinary practice, she studied for a PhD in immunology at the University of Edinburgh.  She went on to specialise as a pathologist, becoming a Member then Fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists.  Her current research is focused on all aspects of veterinary education. She has a particular interest in assessment and feedback, online learning and the use of on-line and physical models to support veterinary teaching.


Professor Rhind was appointed as the first Chair of Veterinary Medical Education in the UK in 2007 and became a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy in 2014 – the most prestigious award available to teachers in UK higher education. She is currently Chair of the UK Veterinary Schools Council Education Committee.


We are incredibly proud of Professor Rhind's award which is true recognition of the exceptional work she had done in veterinary education.  Professor Rhind was the UK's first professor of veterinary education and she has achieved so much in her tenure, in particular, the improvement of the training and experience of our students, such that they have the best chances of a successful veterinary career.

Professor David ArgyleHead of The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies