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


Along with The Roslin Institute and the Global Academy for Agriculture and Food Security, which are incorporated within the School, our vision is to improve the health and wellbeing of humans, animals, plants and the environment, safeguarding local and global food chains and rural communities, and driving transformative improvements in productivity and efficiency.

Internal shot of Roslin Institute

We aim to make a real difference to animal, environmental and human health and our partnership with the Medical School is summed up in the ethos - One Health.

We place a major emphasis on conducting high quality research and attracting world-class talent.

Our research focuses on:

  • improvement of health and welfare of domestic animal species;
  • protection of public health;
  • alleviation of human poverty (in the context of tropical diseases).
  • providing holistic solutions to global challenges in human and veterinary medicine and the livestock industry.

Interdisciplinary centre and research collaborators

Most of our research is carried out within The Roslin Institute, Global Academy and our interdisciplinary research centres. We work with a range of partners, stakeholders and industry, including our local partners Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC). 

Top REF 2014 ranking for agricultural and veterinary research

Agricultural and veterinary research at the University of Edinburgh and Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) was ranked as most powerful in the UK in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF).

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 impact of the research scored particularly highly. This demonstrates how the research is bringing practical benefits for society - for example in animal health and welfare, agricultural productivity and environmental protection.

More than 76% of the impacts described in the joint submission were judged to be “outstanding” and over 83% either “outstanding” or “very considerable”.