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


The School incorporates the Roslin Institute and the Global Academy for Agriculture and Food Systems, with the collective vision to improve the health and wellbeing of humans, animals, plants and the environment, safeguarding food chains and transforming 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:

  • Sustainable Agriculture
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Improving Health 

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 ranking for REF 2021

In a joint submission to the latest UK Research Excellence Framework exercise, research at the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies (R(D)SVS) and Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) has been ranked number one in the UK for agriculture, food and veterinary sciences by combining Times Higher Education’s ratings for each institution. The judgement, based on the quality and breadth of research, maintains the R(D)SVS and SRUC’s position as the strongest provider in these subject areas. The institutions’ research environment was classified to be 100 per cent world leading or internationally excellent for agriculture, food and veterinary sciences research. The Vet School and SRUC submission was also assessed as being 100 per cent world leading or internationally excellent in terms of the impact its research work has on wider society.

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.