The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies


Along with The Roslin Institute, which is incorporated with the School, our research spans all aspects of veterinary medicine, from molecules and genes through to animal and human populations.

Internal shot of Roslin Institute

The School, along with The Roslin Institute, aims to make a real difference to animal 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:

  • the improvement of health and welfare of domestic animal species;
  • the 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 and our interdisciplinary research centres.

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”.